religion seems to be taking a hit in the world of white Christians these days.
That's why I said "vaguely Christian" in my post above. There certainly are full-fledged Christians who attend church services once a week or more, pray daily, perform missionary work, etc. (Like my niece!) But nowhere near the numbers of even 50 years ago. I realized this when my supposedly-Southern Baptist step-mother told me about her sincere belief in reincarnation: I guess Jesus (her personal savior) was overseeing the reincarnation process, because Heaven was getting too crowded.
And then there is Lucifer
: One of Netflix's most popular series just ended after six seasons. In this series, Lucifer tires of Hell, and moves to Los Angeles. Opens a night club, hooks up with a cute police detective, and helps solve crimes for fun. He's all about punishment for sinners, and Hell is a place guilty people make for themselves to relive their worst moments in an endless loop. I bet more Americans believe in Lucifer's
Hell, than Dante's.