40% of Americans believe that Christ is coming back by 2050

I knew that this year was familiar to me. First, the main story as reported:

About four in ten Americans say they expect Jesus Christ to return within the next 40 years, according to a recent national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Although many Americans (41 percent) believe the Second Coming will happen soon, slightly more people (46 percent) say Jesus will definitely or probably not return.

The prediction is divided along religious lines with 58 percent of white evangelical Protestants saying it will definitely or probably happen in the next 40 years. By contrast, only 27 percent of white mainline Protestants, about a third (32 percent) of Catholics and a fifth (20 percent) of religiously unaffiliated say Jesus Christ will return to Earth in this period.

Let me warn you that the next thing I point to, you may not like, dear reader.

What is so special about 2050? You know, besides the consummation of history?

It is the year that the United States is expected to see the white population as the non-majority. Not quite a real minority, mind you, but nevertheless, a non-majority.

Is there a correlation? I know people who have publicly voiced that when the white race is no longer the majority, the United States is doomed. Seeing how much emphasis Evangelicals place upon the U.S. in eschatology, is there a correlation?

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

5 thoughts on “40% of Americans believe that Christ is coming back by 2050

  1. No, there is no correlation whatsoever.As usual it's the rally cry of the so called conservative Christian right using Jesus' name again.You know those hijackers of the faith, who hold their Judeo-Christian values (whatever that means)

    It's always immigration issues with these folks.Sadly most of them are not Christians though they have done a great job in persuading most Americans that they speak for the church as a whole and for Christ.

    I found this interesting i think a new definition of what ' white ' is may be in order?


  2. What dooms the US or any nation is turning their hearts away from God, which is completely independent of skin color, and the US is a long ways down this path. I've talked with quite a few people who identify themselves as Christians from various cultures on this issue, and received roughly the same percentage and type of responses from everyone. If there is a 'special' date from a numeric standpoint (and I'm not suggesting there is or isn't), it would probably be related to the Jewish calendar, not the Gentile/Roman one.

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