The decline of the church in the 21st Century
I rarely talk about the topic of atheism these days, I think by and large, it is because the community that was born from it is now more associated with the Ben Shapiro's of the world and the words "Facts and Logic" are used to attempt to harm marginalized groups rather then providing any real usefulness. Looking back on things, I suppose that atheism was always a bit of a movement of provocation and fighting the narrative of society rather then any meaningful attempt to provide people with better options.
Now though as churches quickly find that the youth of today have little to no interest in the church, I can't help but wonder if they realize how it was that in a generation they managed to lose their congregations. It's no secret that the Church has been behind some of the more vile campaigns against LGBT and generally progressive ideologies, but not all churches tended towards that sort of conservative ideology. Among the poor Irish of the US, the Catholic church tended more progressive then it's European counterpart because the people which comprised the church were so. So I'm hard pressed to believe it's conservative ideology alone
A church could simply reform itself in a more progressive light and take different stances if it wished to survive. Instead though, it is if the church is doubling down on debunked arguments and theories that are disprovable in a world wide medium like the internet. We know that the English translations of the bible (or ease of translation I suppose) are largely responsible for the reforms that took place in the late 15th century with individuals like Martin Luther starting to expose the corrupt foundations which supported the catholic church of the time
As such if it were simply a matter of changing public opinion I have no doubt that institutions as old as the church would simply adapt as they always have to fit the common narrative. Instead I suspect the key to the collapse of the church especially in this generation may have less to do with the religious doctrine and more to do with the functionality of a church within society. Church's often acted as far more then places of worship, they were gathering points and areas to meet others of like minded persuasions.
In a world of social media, dating apps, message boards, and more; however, that sort of thing is no longer required. The traditional community stables of old have begun to collapse into disuse, and rather then adapting or updating the religious doctrine for the new age it was as if the church by and large chose to sink in, attempting to hold on to the last roots of their power in society.
I think it's hard to ignore the political capital and money the church accumulated in the United States over the past 50 year's especially, and now more then ever it's struggling to attempt to hold on to that power. Anyway, this was all inspired by an interesting little video:
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