Fr. Stephen Freeman 6 Comments
Schmemann held that secularism was the single greatest challenge of
the modern era. I took up this understanding and made it the heart of
my book, Everywhere
Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe.
It is at the heart of every serious challenge the Church faces in our
time. The news is not so good.
A recent article
by Damian Thompson in the British publication, The
estimates that at the present rate of decline, British Christianity
will cease to exist by 2067. The numbers are simply staggering. The
most precipitous decline is within the Church of England (Anglican).
The culprit, well-noted in the article, is secularization.
Secularism, in the
sense that I use it, is a view of the world in which God is optional.
God, if He is seen to exist at all, is in no way an inherent
part of life. The world is a neutral zone, not good, not bad, not
religious in any way. Religion, God, etc., is nothing more than a
belief system that some may choose to bring into their lives. As I
have written, many Christians quietly, even unconsciously, hold to
this view. Awash in the cultural waters, they feel the world to be
devoid of God. The world has been “disenchanted.”
Read more at http://blogs.ancientfaith.com/glory2godforallthings/2015/06/12/the-secular-challenge/