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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

Rational Fears of Uncontrolled Immigration

August 22, 2010

Rational Fears of Uncontrolled Immigration

Immigration laws must control the flow of immigrants to our country and they must absolutely control the quality of the immigrants. Uncontrolled legal or illegal immigration is a catastrophe. A lack of control over the quantity and/or quality of immigration will destroy America.

The following discusses reality-based fears about uncontrolled immigration that echo through history and have to do with much more than dislike of, and discrimination against, foreigners.

I endorse the following passage taken from Paul Kennedys’ 1993 book, Preparing For The Twenty-First Century (p.41).

Because human beings (unlike migrating birds) require so much food, clothing, and shelter and demand many other items, migration always raises the issue of the allocation of resources. If food and land are plentiful, as in the Great Plains in nineteenth-century America, there may be less of a problem (except from the viewpoint of the Indians); if the resources are believed to be more limited, as felt in many European countries today, more migration will obviously raise the problem of providing for the immigrants. Moreover, large-scale immigration raises the fear of losing control of national boundaries and traditional sovereignty, the fear that an ethnically homogeneous or “pure” race will be altered through intermarriage, the fear not merely of foreign peoples but also of strange ways of life, religious norms, and cultural habits, of the newcomers encroaching upon the property, educational system, and social benefits owned by and largely paid for by the natives. More recently, concern has been expressed that illegal immigration into (for example) the United States is responsible for outbreaks of old and new diseases—cholera, measles, AIDS—which place a further strain upon the health-care system as well as provoking new resentments against migrants. Finally, there is always the resident population’s fear that if the immigration continues, they themselves may one day become a minority.

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V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D. 8/22/10


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