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The End of Evangelicalism and the Possibility of Reformed Catholicism

June 12th, 2023 | 17 min read

By Jake Meador

In one sense it is not hard to understand the collapse of American evangelicalism. After all, the much missed Michael Spencer saw it all coming way back in 2009. Yet it is still worth pausing to rehearse the problems as we prepare for a fairly consequential month in our movement's history as three of our most influential denominations—the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), and Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) all prepare for their summer denominational gatherings. The crises fall on several different fronts, each of which are worth discussing briefly.

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Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy, and sons Wendell, Austin, and Ambrose. Jake's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play and he has written or contributed to several books, including "In Search of the Common Good," "What Are Christians For?" (both with InterVarsity Press), "A Protestant Christendom?" (with Davenant Press), and "Telling the Stories Right" (with the Front Porch Republic Press).