I believe it was C.S. Lewis who first declared Europe, “post-Christian.” For the last 40 years, it has indeed been the most spiritually dark place on earth. But lately there are signs that is changing, just as there are some small but encouraging indications that parts of Europe are realizing the slow cultural suicide they’ve been committing through liberal immigration policies and the world’s lowest birthrates.
Today I came across this in the Wall Street Journal online (subscription possibly required). The headline read:
In Europe, God Is (Not) Dead
Christian groups are growing, faith is more public.
Is supply-side economics the explanation?
Â The article by Andrew Higgins points to numerous indicatorsÂ that secularism’s icy hold on the hearts of Europe’s millions may be weaker than assumed. Here’s a key paragraph:
After decades of secularization, religion in Europe has slowed its slide toward what had seemed inevitable oblivion. There are even nascent signs of a modest comeback. Most church pews are still empty. But belief in heaven, hell and concepts such as the soul has risen in parts of Europe, especially among the young, according to surveys. Religion, once a dead issue, now figures prominently in public discourse.
Along these same lines, the Weekly Standard online featured this article several months ago about the resurgance of Christianity in the Netherlands.