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?