In view of the obvious and embarassing error in my last post wherein I misrepresented the abbreviation CE, I decided to elevate my return comment as a post of its own for the benefit of the RSS readers out there. Here it is:
Daniel you are of course quite correct, and I’m all the more embarassed by the fact I’m well-enough read to know better. Good thing I write under a pseudonym! (Just kidding) Reminds me how low I felt the time I accidentally said “an anathema” instead of just “anathema” and got “taken to task” for it. I knew better then too.
Anyhoo. Toss out the question in the form asked. I suppose what I’m getting at is the sentiment expressed in places like Coupland’s Life After God and Killing the Buddha. I suppose it’s a variation on the evangelical “fear” that the present (pomo) generation has been raised without God and therefore has no moral compass. Except I’m not saying anything about the compass, just that it’s probably true that the present generation has less overall understanding of Christian doctrine.
Partially this is seen in the way that separation of church and state is (mis?)construed to mean that religion has no business commenting on politics. It’s seen in the removal of religion from schools. Whereas we have Western countries founded on the basis of Christian doctrine and religious freedom (never mind how well that’s worked out) there are some who tend to think this simply makes them in some way “Christian” but of course it does not. In this way, are we not perhaps in a post-christian society?
Of course church growth is happening in explosive ways in some parts of the world. Someone has observed though that it may be said that the places where christianity is thriving and growing are the places which are just coming to grips with modernity while the “first world” or Western nations are already moving on to post-modernity.