Posts Tagged ‘Postsecular’
Is religion the cradle of civilization?
Protest movement grows, Bronx Pastor willing to die to oppose city policy against churches meeting in public schools
Pastor Dimas Salaberrios is on his 19th day of a hunger strike against a city policy that will kick out over 60 churches and other religious groups from worshipping in public schools during the off-hours. His effort is one of many protests, prayer gatherings, and pastoral sit-ins organized during the last three weeks by […]
A fundamental change in the role of faith in New York City affects the mindspace of the world.
In 1978 the number of evangelical church plants jumped to three times greater than the average number planted per year for the previous decades.
However, at its lowest point the city opted to rehabilitate itself. Often, outsiders played pivotal roles. On November 20, 1976 Rupert Murdoch bought and reinvented a failing New York Post while promoting the retirement of the pathetic Mayor Abe Beame in favor of Ed Koch. During the new mayor’s tenure, author Jonathan Mahler recalls, “The […]
Part 4: The Making of the Postsecular City. The Manhattan Evangelicals and the religious context of 1975
There was not much happiness among the major religions of the city either. In City Center Manhattan the evangelical and liberal Protestants, Catholics and Jews were all in a depleted state. If Tammy had read The New York Times in August before she moved to the city, she would have discovered the dismal news from […]
In 1976 Billy Joel sang in his “Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway,” “They burned the churches up in Harlem, but no one really cared.”
The decline of the evangelicals was peculiar to a fifty year period in the mid-20th Century within the city’s almost four hundred year history. Evangelicalism predominated in the 19th and early 20th Century.
On November 11th Tammy Wong attended a brand new evangelical church, Hillsong NYC, in Manhattan, one of over 200 evangelical churches in the lower and middle of the island. The co-pastors Carl and Laura Lentz were trained at Hillsong, a charismatic church in Australia famous for its music and worldwide outreach. Co-pastor Joel Houston is […]