If you’re inclined to say yes, it may not be for the reason one would naturally think – demographics.
In this article for Commonweal magazine (not overly familiar with it until now, but it appears to be a progressive Catholic publication), Wesley Hill argues that the future of liberal Protestantism will be politically progressive but theologically traditional and creedal.
Writing primarily about the US Episcopal (Anglican) church, Hill sees clear signs of a “generational shift”, where it is unremarkable to see clergy and laity who are progressive on a host of issues such as LGBT writes, but who have no patience for the boomer clergy and theologians, such as John Spong, who once defined liberal theology in terms of metaphor, ambiguity, and a vague spirituality.
Hill writes: “the new face of mainline Protestantism may well be someone in a clerical collar who marches for gun control and says “I believe in the resurrection of the body” without crossing her fingers.”
From my own limited vantage point, I think Hill’s claim has merit. My own Twitter feed (you can find me at @madpadre1) has been expanding to take in a number of people who – clergy and laity) who call themselves Weird Anglican Twitter. Some of their content seems campy and slightly precious – a delight in vestments, for example – but there is a deep desire in them to explore the full history of the Anglican tradition – pietism, Anglo-Catholic devotion, creedal belief, the church fathers. Some of the people I follow on Twitter are also signatories of this document.
As I find myself sliding inexorably towards retirement as a late boomer myself, I find great comfort and hope in the emergence of post-boomer religion. I doubt that I will ever share their fascination with, say, the Solemn High Mass, but I will be cheering them on from the sidelines.