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Yet, when people encounter the “us” versus “them” mentality employed by Shrum’s ilk, rarely—if ever—do they see it as “light.” This fact is belied by the very trend Shrum set out to address: people leaving the Church, and doing so in droves. For this reason alone, it should be abandoned.

However, we must continue to ask why this strategy—one that, in Shrum’s case, pits the faithful few against a consumerist majority—continues to rear its ugly head. Is it a purely generational phenomenon, or does it offer some kind of social-psychological comfort to its practitioners? My sense is that both factors are at work, although we should be careful not to forget the latter.

If we assume the phenomenon is largely generational, then those looking to affect change within the evangelical camp need only wait until the oppositional strategy falls out of fashion. If, however, there are other, social-psychological reasons for believers to adopt approaches like Shrum’s, we may be waiting for a long while.

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