The cards are not in your favor, Christian bookstores; read `em and weep.
I’m just enough iconoclast to appreciate the death of so-called Christian book stores. In the middle ages it was alleged relics of the New Testament figures and various exalted “saints.” We just recently saw the end of the Jesus Frisbee. You can still buy both kinds of huckster fraud, but they are no longer so ubiquitous.
I once had a fellow tell me he didn’t like all them other kinds of Bibles, but read only the Holy Bible — meaning he was a stickler for the King James Version. “God wrote only one Bible!” There will always be a vestigial market for that kind of attitude, but it’s a lot less trendy these days, as the linked article notes.
And if you pay attention to statistics, you’ll see that mainstream Christian denominations and churches are withering, as well. Quite a few are filing for bankruptcy, having taken on massive debt and building projects right about the time Millennials came of age. But that generation doesn’t like traditional church culture, so only the trendy entertainment churches are doing okay right now. In fact, among traditional denominational churches, only those that have adapted to the entertainment model are hanging on.
I still keep really solid Christian books, particularly reference works that cover history and archeology. There aren’t that many books dealing with culture and ancient intellectual traditions, so I’m having to scratch for that from mostly secular sources. A lot of decent stuff is now on the Net, but I’m just a little concerned about what isn’t making it. This is why I keep writing on this blog. This is why I tend to focus on a somewhat more intellectual level of teaching; the ancient epistemology has long been hidden and rendered obscure. I’m counting on some of you to breathe life into that teaching with a more vernacular approach.