A new voice for families and Christian values is starting up in New England.
In a recent survey, the Barna Group ranked the ten most post-Christian cities in America, using criteria like church attendance and belief in God.
The top seven cities are all in New England and New York.
The Center for the Restoration of Christian Culture hopes to change that.
"Our idea is not to be politically confrontational," says Center program director Phil Lawler, "but to help people set the agenda for the future in a way that is accordance with Christian principles."
Lawler, whose background is journalism and politics, was born and raised in the Boston area.
He says the Center will organize conferences and concerts, special movie showings, and brown-bag lunch discussions.
"The idea," he says, "is to give people an opportunity to think about and act on the idea that culture should be built on Christian principles."
Lawler says the country is longing for a return to a better day – even if it doesn't realize it yet.
"I'm not saying that everything was good in the '50s or at any other point in the past," he says. "I'm saying that there were more protections built into society for virtues."
Case in point, he says, is the national crisis we're having over sex assaults.
"One of the things that has come up with the serious sex scandals is the question of consent: When is she consenting to sexual activity?" he observes."Well, we used to have a pretty good way to determine that. It was marriage. Marriage indicated consent and if you weren't married, consent was not assumed."
The center will operate out of Thomas More College in New Hampshire and focus on family life, culture, education, civic involvement, and the defense of the faith.