The West needs Christianity.
And you don’t have to be a snake-handling Methodist from Appalachia to agree with me—even Richard Dawkin’s fedora-wearing acolytes should get on board.
Why? Because it’s true.
The West was better off before it shed its Christian character.
History’s taught us that it’s simply impossible to have a functioning and robust society, that stands the test of time, without a strong religious infrastructure.
Religion is a bedrock. It’s a stabilizing force. It’s conservative. As the moral and epistemological absolutes of religion erode, the door opens for countless thousands of other competing religions and ideologies—some incredibly violent and hostile—to enter.
This competition fractures society, gravely: division replaces unity.
This is happening right now, just look at the divisive politics that have led to riots in Berkeley or Ferguson. Yet it’s nothing new.
The decline of American Christianity began with the boomer generation. Early examples of this religious estrangement could be seen in the hippie movement and Woodstock, but the cracks run much deeper: multiculturalism and mass immigration itself is predicated upon the rejection of America’s Christian identity, in favor of cultural and religious pluralism.
A broader look at history shows just how fragile irreligious societies truly are.
For example, ancient Athens lasted mere decades after its leading citizens abandoned their conservative reverence for the gods—society became so hubristic and divided that it couldn’t function properly. This contributed to their defeat in the Peloponnesian War.
Compare this to Athens’ adversary, Sparta: their religious conservatism helped them to remain one of Greece’s leading city states for 700 years. And most importantly, when their society ended, its destruction came from without, not within.
The same is true of ancient Rome: the Republic collapsed once the senatorial class abandoned their religion for unbridled hedonism. The same thing eventually happened to the pagan empire, which began to collapse as more and more foreigners settled in Roman territory.
Emperor Constantine revitalized the Empire in the east by adopting Christianity as the state’s new religion, but it was too late for the West. Still, the Eastern Roman Empire, later known as the Byzantines, continue on until 1453. And again, the Byzantines did not collapse internally, they were defeated by the Latin Crusaders, and later the Ottoman Turks.
More recently, we can look at the secular decline of Sweden vs the religious revival of Poland.
Now, I’m not saying that these societies crumbled because of some kind of divine punishment; my argument is that when absolute truth is abandoned for relativism, society collapses due to the proliferation of different (and exclusive) ideologies, hedonism, corruption, and treasonous factions.
Likewise, this void can’t simply be filled by “rationality”, because it digresses infinitely into a battle over “whose rationality?”
Religion provides the moral & epistemological absolutism that human society needs to flourish.
That’s why all human societies, in all regions of the world, evolved some form of religion—religious societies always out-competed atheistic, secular societies.
Let me ask you this: can you point me to a single example, in all of history, of a successful atheistic society? How about one that’s lasted more than a century? You can’t. They don’t exist—and they never will.
Why? It’s because they’re inherently more fragile than religious societies. They don’t survive the test of time.
Part of this is because humans are biological predisposed to believe in something unconditionally: there is literally a “God gene”, so to speak. If religion doesn’t fill this heuristical niche, something else will.
That’s why contemporary atheists tend to gravitate towards irrational beliefs in environmentalism, social justice, veganism, communism, libertarianism, utilitarianism, liberalism—any and all “isms” you can think of are replete with atheists searching for a God-substitute.
And in all honesty, almost all are objectively worse for society that Christianity.
Can you imagine what would happen to the US if only atheists were left?
First of all, the birth rate would drop significantly, hastening the decline of said atheist society, and burdening it with incredibly top-heavy demographics. Either that, or it would require mass immigration to sustain itself, irrevocably changing the nation’s demographics—kind of like what’s happened to the West since Christianity declined (along with the birth rate).
Funny coincidence, that.
Second, American society would be ungovernable in the long run, since there’s no absolutes holding the people together. It would degenerate into civil strife very quickly—the whole country would look like Berkeley. Either that, or it would need an authoritarian state to impose a uniform ideology to bind people (like the USSR).
Here’s the thing: you can’t have a rational discussion with someone unless you both accept a mutual starting point (ie. syllogistic deductions can only persuade someone if they share your initial premise).
In a uniform religious society that premise always exists, because everyone accepts the existence of moral & epistemological absolutes.
In an atheistic society, not so much. It’s why atheists are overwhelmingly represented at the furthest fringes of society (from the regressive left to anarcho-libertarians).
All that division makes it hard to prosper, and it’s the main reason atheistic societies don’t last.
If America wants to survive the test of time, we’ll need to re-embrace the values that made us strong—Christian values.