Christianity was often perceived by many philosophers during the time of its rise, as responsible for making people weak. Christians are often perceived as quick to abandon their responsibilities during threatening times.
CatholicCitizens.org’s Bruce Frohnen shared his insight about Christianity as a dwindling population in Europe but rising in the United States today.
He wrote about marginalising religious associations in different countries, which force many religions to turn to a “religious closet” that does not want to argue with those outside the belief. He said it was “breeding intolerant attitudes” among the faithful.
Frohnen also stressed about how religions “die”:
“To have lost so much ground among a people that once was overwhelmingly Christian, and to respond with embarrassment at the proselytizing of a tiny portion of one’s tiny flock, is a sign of terminal spiritual illness. It also, self-evidently, is precisely what nonbelievers and secularists want—namely, a quiet, untroubling Christian minority that will soon cease to exist altogether. This is where secularization naturally leads. When the faithful lose their voice, who will care what they believe? Who will join them, or even know that they exist?”
However, he shares how to save religions from dwindling numbers:
“It is up to each one of us to see to it that we face the much lesser though more insidious temptations of cowardice in the face of mere, empty secularism to kill our faith. We must rediscover our courage so that we in the United States do not follow the trail being blazed ever so peacefully in Great Britain. And that means speaking out, speaking up for the Little Sisters of the Poor and others who work to live by and spread their faith, and to refuse, ourselves, to be silenced in the face of a regime that promises earthly goods to everyone along with freedom from the calls of the spirit, even as it punishes those who seek to heed that call.”