The most striking divergence from orthodoxy, however, was first revealed in the 2007 US Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. That comprehensive survey of 35,000 Americans found a majority of Christians saying that people of other religions can find salvation and eternal life.
https://www.robbell.com/lovewins/. (I love his quote that Christian theology teaches that Jesus rescues his followers from God!) He wants to believe that Ghandi made it to Heaven. He also acknowledges how messed up Christianity is, and then he love-bombs.
I think the love-bombing and social network of Christianity outweighs all other considerations for a lot of Christians. I overheard a coworker say that he gets really anxious when he travels unless he knows there's a church nearby. That's crazy. If he's one of God's children and God is everywhere, what difference does it make if there's a church around the corner? The difference is that Christianity is a salve for his anxiety disorder, not a pathway to Heaven. After all, if Heaven is so great, why not just off himself and hurry upstairs before he thinks some heretical thought and ruins his chances?
make up their own theology and appoint themselves the head of a new church. Any storefront will do. I've seen a jillion of these. The megachurches are the opposite end of the spectrum. They're not under the thumb of a central authority, either. Even the Southern Baptist conference is losing its grip. Mean-spirited bigotry may finally be driving believers away, but they can't let go completely, so they hook up with nicer churches. And these new churches provide what people who no longer need to feel "chosen" need for psychological fulfillment: a social network, a feeling of being loved, and some guidance on what constitutes right and wrong.
I admire the trend. These people will be easier to live with than the monsters who are trying to undermine the First Amendment, turn the military into a Christian crusader army, and set science back by hundreds of years. Now if only they will take on their nastyass cousins in court and get them to STFU about the "Christian Nation," maybe we can move on as a culture.