If God is dead, America is in trouble
By Jeffrey Kuhner, Times247.com
The younger generation is becoming godless. Increasing numbers of Americans under the age of 30 are skeptical about the existence of God. This will have profound repercussions upon our society, fostering moral disintegration and the eventual death of our Judeo-Christian civilization. Traditional America is dying. In its place, a new liberal barbarism is being born.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center finds that belief in God has dropped dramatically among so-called millennials — those born after 1980 — during the past five years. In particular, the Pew poll found that 31 percent of respondents say they doubt whether God exists. On college campuses, secularism and science are the new orthodoxies. According to Pew, this is in stark contrast with other older generations, which continue to believe in God in high numbers — ranging from 81 to 89 percent.
Influenced by prominent atheist and agnostic intellectuals, such as Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, young people are slowly abandoning traditional values. They are following the road paved by anti-Christian Europeans, sacrificing God at the altar of neopaganism and shallow humanism.
In some ways, this should come as no surprise. For centuries, human beings understood that the purpose of life was to submit to God’s will and the natural laws of the universe. Since the 19th century, however, Western elites have sought to create a godless society. Socialism, fascism, Nazism, communism, collectivism and New Age liberalism — all are ideological offshoots of the same idea: achieving utopia on earth through man’s rebellion against the divine moral order. The result has been a sustained, relentless assault upon religious faith, especially Christianity. Europe, the cradle of Western Christendom, has become a secular wasteland — decadent, hedonistic and in spiritual and demographic decline. Having jettisoned God, Europeans are turning to statism and sex to fill the void.
“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him,”said the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
Although he was a virulent pagan (and anti-Semite) nostalgic for the restoration of ancient Greek greatness, Nietzsche embodied modernity’s revolt against God. It has taken America longer, but secularism is now crashing upon our shores. We are fated to walk in Europe’s footsteps.
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