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Declining Christianity and Fecundity = Declining Western Civilization

December 22, 2018

Declining Christianity and Fecundity = Declining Western Civilization

The many different variables associated with the decline of societies have been identified (wars, natural disasters, depletion of natural resources, uncontrolled immigration, etc..  This posting will focus upon two other important correlates of societal and cultural decline; they are the decline of indigenous religions and fecundity. Fecundity is a term used to describe a population’s ability to  produce an “abundance of offspring”. For our purposes, the concern is the loss of a socioculture’s ability to reproduce enough citizens to sustain itself.

I am reading an excellent, but controversial book, entitled The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996). I was surprised to find that the author, Samuel P. Huntington,  wrote that modernity and the stresses that go with modernizing societies, actually stimulated increasing rates of Christian religion within populations, as well as other religions. 

I will not address “other religions” in this posting, but will focus more specifically upon modernity, Christianity, fecundity and the decline of Western Civilization.

The idea that modernity has strengthened  Western Civilization’s indigenous Christian religions is counter-intuitive to me and it also is in conflict with virtually everything that I have read in other scholarly publications on this topic. My broad-based readings on the topic of cultural decline have informed me that when cultures are in decline, there is a correlated decline in the population’s adherence to it’s indigenous religions and also its birthrates.

While there can be many interacting causes of cultural decline, loss of indigenous religions and fecundity seem to be omnipresent.

This is exactly is exactly what has been happening in Europe and America.

In my view, all of this (and I expect more) appears to underlay the “seemingly illogical”; and in my view, culturally suicidal impetus toward borderless states and uncontrolled immigration.

Please evaluate these and other sources you may find and tell me about your conclusions.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/21/christianity-non-christian-europe-young-people-survey-religion

http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/5/22/17376536/fertility-rate-united-states-births-women

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 12/22/18


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