Preliminary Note: This essay concerns the future of Western, especially American, Christianity as opposed to non-Western Christianity which represents a different trajectory and future.
PART I: COLLAPSE
Christianity will likely collapse on many fronts in the near future. The following are ways in which this will probably transpire.
Collapse of Unifying Authority
Christianity will experience a near total collapse of any central unifying authority. The church of the future will suffer from entropy at a historically unprecedented level. This will affect doctrine and institutional hierarchy.