The conspiratorial view
The progressive view
The perspectivist view
The economic view
I'd say that the reason religion, not just Christianity, is failing in the western world is an increase in education, scientific discovery and the realization that people just don't need to be religious to be decent people. It's failing on all counts, that's why people are flooding away from the churches.
The purpose of this thread was to select one of the reasons the OP thought might be the cause of what he sees as Christianity's failure as a western ideology.
I provided a cause as I saw it, but found no poll response that met my position, although Option Three “the Nietzscheite option: Christianity has failed because it is inherently flawed,” came closest.
I rejected that poll option because I don’t believe it is “innately” flawed, just that most practitioners fail to actually adhere to its ideals. This provides such a poor example to outside observers that they are turning away from it for more Humanist/secular ideals.
If you want to debate the merits of your religious position, open a thread and posit a position and I may choose to participate. Until then I see no reason to engage in a side-track just to satisfy your needs.
Consider the strength of goodwill needed to overcome your own pain to defend and comfort a person sharing your pain?
In any case, I will be sticking to the threads purpose before making any further replies...but may be willing to engage in some religious thread on the topic as I mentioned to Fisher.
Last edited by Captain Adverse; 07-05-13 at 12:36 PM.
Like 23:40-43 "But the other answered, and rebuking him said, "Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? "And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." And he was saying, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!" And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise."
And it doesn't say anything that you said. I guess you think you get to just make stuff up to justify your beliefs.
The original poll begs the question by presuming that Christianity has failed. It has not, ergo the whole poll is subject to challenge. That being an A-hole is a sin in your mind makes it pretty clear I am not the one who is uninformed about Christianity.