Oprah Sect Secularism

Another day, another broad generalization about the horserace between “religion” (define it as you will) and “secularism” (ditto). Today, secularism inches ahead with the speech of University of Wisconsin sociologist, Wayne Thompson, who claims that people — namely white blue-state men and middle-class black Methodists — are “dropping out” of traditional religions that don’t meet their needs and turning on to secular alternatives, such as “Oprah.” Update: LaTonya Taylor, in Christianity Today, has done her own smart and thorough bit of consideration on “The Church of O.”