Because of the proliferation of discussions regarding George Barna's book Revolution, I hesitate to add one more post to the pile. I think people have sufficiently noted the main weaknesses in Barna's book (Kevin Miller asks the question today: George Barna's New Book: Revolutionary of Revolting? -- thanks for the props btw!).
Here is the question I haven't seen anyone ask:
Is Barna describing the "emerging church" movement? If he is, what does his ambivalence toward the local church say about emerging understandings of the importance of the local church? I have always understood that emerging folks have a passion for the centrality of the local church within the mission of God. This has always been my primary point of contact with the movement.
Perhaps some understand Barna to simply be expanding the parameters of how we understand the term "church." This would be quite in line with advocates of organic ecclesiology, missional church, etc-- but this is not his argument at all. Barna says to embrace the church if you need it, leave it behind if it doesn't serve your needs.
So, who are the millions of Americans he is describing?