Is the South losing its "cultural Christianity," as Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler describes it?
New research indicates that "the percentage of Alabamians not affiliated with a specific religion surpasses the percentage of white mainline Protestants, ranking it third among 'religious' groups," Alabama Godbeat pro Carol McPhail recently reported.
Meanwhile, The Atlantic made a big splash on social media this week with this provocative headline:
Southern Evangelicals: Dwindling—and Taking the GOP Edge With Them
However, the stats reported by Jones made Religion News Service blogger Tobin Grant's "spidey-sense start buzzing," as he put it. Grant decided to examine the numbers behind the numbers.