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Troubling Trends: Is the Christian Era coming to a Close?

Secularisation is decimating the world’s largest faith group.

We live in precarious times. The world is changing in ways we could not fathom a short forty years ago. Believing Christians, pro-family advocates and patriotic folks are fast becoming today’s marginalised communities.

For centuries the West, aka “Western Christendom”, was a dynamic and expanding enterprise that by the late 1800s effectively ruled the world. Even when warring among themselves, Westerners did their utmost to spread the faith. The world has been tremendously enriched by missions, schools, clinics and much else founded in the spirit of Christianity.

Today that is a flagging spirit, something painfully obvious. Two recent batches of demographic data seem to bear that out.


The first came from the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS), reporting that only 42.6% of people in England and Wales identify as Christian. The UK Telegraph headline summed it up:

Christians now a minority in England and Wales for first time”

ONS reports that in 2001, 72% of people in England and Wales identified as Christian. Those identifying as “no religion” increased from 15% in 2001 to 37.2% in 2021. In the last decade self-identified Muslims rose by almost a third to 6.5%. For the same period, Hindus realised a 13% increase, rising to 1.7%.

Interestingly, self-identified Muslims are more religious than Christians. More people attend mosque every week in the UK than attend church. It has been that way for a while. According to a Christian Research study from twenty years ago:

51 per cent of the Muslims quizzed in the 2001 census said they prayed every day, compared to just 6.3 per cent of Christians who attend church services each week.

A 2005 Christian Research study, “The Future of the Church”, predicted that the  number of Muslims attending mosque every week would double that of Christians attending church by 2040, forecasting:

[T]he number of Christians attending Sunday service could see a two-thirds drop over the next three decades. The current 9.4 per cent of the population currently in regular attendance at Sunday service is expected to be under 5 per cent by 2040.

The UK is well on the way to meeting that forecast.


The second batch of troublesome data is the Pew Research Center’s study, “Modeling the Future of Religion in America”. Their findings are that Americans are leaving Christianity   in droves and identifying as “atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular.’”

[I]n 2020, about 64% of Americans, including children, were Christian. People who are religiously unaffiliated, sometimes called religious “nones,” accounted for 30% of the U.S. population. Adherents of all other religions — including Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists — totaled about 6%.

[P]rojections show Christians of all ages shrinking from 64% to between a little more than half (54%) and just above one-third (35%) of all Americans by 2070. Over that same period, “nones” would rise from the current 30% to somewhere between 34% and 52% of the U.S. population.

Similar figures are cited in British sociologist Stephen Bullivant’s just published book Nonverts: The Making of Ex-Christian America (Oxford University Press).

The same trend is found throughout the Anglosphere, Europe and even Latin America. Is the Christian Era coming to a close?

Consider: For the sake of “religious neutrality,” the Christian calendar devised 1500 years ago by Dionysius Exiguus, denominating history per the Incarnation, used B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini) for dating history. That practice has been abandoned for BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era). While doing so may well be more “inclusive”, it nonetheless attests to the diminishing influence of Christianity. This is just one of modernity’s thousand cuts.

While religious transition is usually a lengthy process — consider the Great Schism, the Renaissance and Reformation — the twentieth century vastly accelerated secularisation of the West. Depleted and demoralised by two world wars, quickly followed by unprecedented affluence and lightning technological progress, the West saw mammon thoroughly triumph by the 1960s, when religious expression was banned from the public square in America.

Sobering consequences

With secularism comes moral relativism, where there are no absolutes. Rather, all is relative, situational and governed by feeling rather than thinking. In fact, those steadfastly standing by absolutes are often the object of chattering class derision. Despite the proliferation of “Pride” festivals throughout the West, today any public declaration of pride in being Christian, Western or White can be a career-terminator.

Along with mammon-worshiping secularism, there has been, worldwide, a 50% decline in fertility in 50 years. This is most acute in the Global North countries and is leading to unsustainable economic and social conditions. Little wonder that governments in the West and elsewhere are doing backflips to boost birthrates. Nothing like the Biblical injunction “be fruitful and multiply” is to be found in globalism, mammon-worship or whatever label that comports with modernism/secularism.

In fact, the fanatical zeal of acolytes of the secular religion, aka “wokeism”, is comparable to that of the early Bolshevik regime. Just note the ostracising, cancelling and complete intolerance of those with whom they disagree. And these folks are in power in most of the West. If you have any doubt, remember your history: as a friend recently reminded me, statues are pulled down and place names are changed after revolutions.

It is long past time that people of faith, the family-friendly and the patriotic types trying to preserve their respective historical nations cease quibbling among themselves and circle the wagons. Yes, the best defence is offence, but we need to consolidate our position first. That is called building community.

Remember that appeasement doesn’t work. Virtue signalling and sacrificing kindred spirits to persuade your enemies that you’re not racist, bigoted, homophobic, etc., are just bending the knee to the bad guys. They validate the regime. That doesn’t build community and solidarity. As the folks say down home, don’t feed the alligator, hoping to be eaten last.


Louis T. March

Louis T. March has a background in government, business and philanthropy. A former talk show host, author and public speaker, he is a dedicated student of history and genealogy. Louis lives with his family… More by Louis T. March

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The Obama Administration’s Church of Relativism

If I were a betting man I would wager that very few people who have ever known, or worked around, President Obama are surprised by his incredibly offensive comments at the recent National Prayer Breakfast. In case you missed them, while speaking about terrorism, the President stated:

“Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

Sadly, the President was not kidding with this outrageous statement. Is it really getting “on our high horse” to condemn beheadings and setting people aflame while they are still alive?

As a former Secret Service agent and, more recently, as a candidate for public office myself, I have heard some really dumb things exit the mouths of people in the political class but this one may take the cake. Incredibly though, to many of the Obama administration acolytes, this outrageous statement makes perfect sense. It makes sense to them because they too worship in the church of relativism and the pews of this church are packed with today’s far-left liberals.

Relativism is the bedrock of modern liberalism because the far-left can neither recognize nor abide by any standards of behavior, and when standards are “relative” they’re really not standards at all. Standards of behavior are a necessity for any society that codifies and respects individual liberty. And individual liberty is the bête noire of the far-left.

The far-left cannot acknowledge that there are standards of behavior, which all of us should strive for, because it would dismantles their core belief that individual malevolence is caused by larger societal failings, not individual ones. The far-left has always run from the idea that genuine evil exists because that would require them to acknowledge that good exists as well, and admitting this would open up Pandora’s Box and expose their nonsensical ideology. Once the far-left’s Pandora’s Box is opened, they would be forced to acknowledge the existence of other “troublesome” individual characteristics such as individual effort, individual aggression, individual competitiveness, individual extraversion, self-reliance, and other traits which may lead to a person’s success or failure in life’s journey. More importantly, it would reject their assertion that humanity is fixable if only we would let them “fix us.”

The ideology President Obama subscribes to is one where individual characteristics are to be ignored ideologically and subjugated legislatively. This is why people close to him, who are believers in the same ideology, were not surprised at all by his relating of 21st century Islamic beheadings and immolations, to the Crusades beginning in the 11th century. To them, these recent ISIS atrocities are the result of some societal ill which can only be cured by visionary academics, intellectuals, and a political aristocracy not bound by the limits of a constitution. Individual liberty is seen by them as an obstacle to be overcome, not a gift from God to be cherished and defended. They see individual liberty as nothing but a vehicle to express a human greed which can only be suppressed through the path to “progress” which only they can guide us on.

Not coincidentally, this is why the far-left reserves most of its enmity for any culture, state, religion, or organization associated with success. Success to them is a zero-sum game and it must have been earned at the expense of some subjugated population who they will vigorously defend, facts be damned. Wealthy entrepreneurs, successful free market states, and competitive sports have all seen the bull’s eye of the far-left appear on their chests at some point yet, special vitriol is reserved for Israel.

A successful free market democracy in a region marked by sectarian strife, war, and economic hardship cannot be allowed to persist with the far-left because it would disprove their rigid belief that prosperity is zero-sum. The far-left is absolutely committed to the idea that prosperity must have been taken from someone else in the region, and Israel’s success in the same neighborhood as their neighbor’s legendary failures is an eyesore for them.

When you consider all of this, it’s no surprise that President Obama and his followers saw no problem with his incredibly offensive statements at the National Prayer Breakfast. To the far-left, evil is always going to be the by-product of some societal failing. President Obama blaming the Crusades, and the Inquisition, was a natural starting point to uncover blame because one of the world’s most successful and generally peaceful religions, Christianity was a dominant societal force of the time.

The real tragedy in all of this is that the far-left is corrupting an entire generation with this relativism and deconstructionist nonsense. If it continues, there will be no celebration in the future of the incredible American success story as every tale of the heroics of George Washington will be accompanied by an asterisk.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the Conservative Review. Featured image of President Obama is by Jacquelyn Martin/AP.

Melanie Phillips: Islamic fanatics ‘play by entirely different rules’

Melanie Phillips

Melanie Phillips

Video of an HonestReporting event at their headquarters in Jerusalem on August 27, 2014 featuring Melanie Phillips. Phillips states:

“The intractable problem of Gaza has been exacerbated by the meddling incomprehension of a western world that just doesn’t grasp how Islamist fanatics play by entirely different rules.”

For more than three decades, Melanie Phillips has served as Britain’s political conscience. Followed by members of the Royal Family as well as by homemakers, ubiquitous on radio and television as well as in the print media, Melanie Phillips is widely regarded as an indispensable force for good in the battle to restore western civilization.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is courtesy of YNaija.com