Watchwoman on the Wall

Watchwoman on the Wall


HAS GODLESSNESS TRULY ‘DOOMED’ GREAT BRITAIN?

posted by Donna Calvin

HAS GODLESSNESS TRULY ‘DOOMED’ GREAT BRITAIN?
by Hallowell”Billy Hallowell

It’s no secret that Europe has been shedding its religious identity for some time now. As time progresses, some leaders in religious circles have publicly pondered the impact this decline could have on various societies. Among those concerned is Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. In a recent piece for the Jerusalem Post entitled, “Godlessness Has Doomed Britain,” Boteach describes the negative impact that this movement away from faith and religion has had on Great Britain. He writes:

Britain today has become one of the most godless societies on Earth. Its principle ‘religious’ exports today are thinkers who despise religion. From Richard Dawkins, who has compared religion to child abuse, to my friend Christopher Hitchens, who titled his 2007 book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, the British have cornered the market on being anti-God – at least the Christian and Jewish varieties.

Mother church of England, Canterbury cathedral

Boteach goes on to compare the disparities between the United States and England when it comes to stated belief. While 92 percent of Americans believe in God, only 35 percent of the British do. Startingly, 43 percent of Britons claim that they have no religion at all. A simple look at the percentage of individuals associated with the Church of England perfectly illustrates and corroborates the decline — a drop from 40 percent in 1983 to 23 percent in 2009.

But, what’s so different about America? Why do people here believe more readily in a higher power? Boteach writes that, “Religion lives and dies in America like a commercial enterprise, and is therefore highly entrepreneurial.” With no official state religion, there’s no one, on a national scale, defending the faith per se. So, in essence, there is a freedom to worship at will.

Boteach goes on to claim that Europeans often laugh at American evangelicals, while praising the decline of religion as a sophisticated move in the right direction. This, he claims, is not the proper way to view the issue. Instead, he laments Britain’s decline in faith:

Faith in God may not be popular in the UK, but without it, no country can prosper!

This decline of faith and optimism may account for why Britain – once the most advanced nation on earth, which gave the world parliamentary democracy and inimitable centers of higher learning – is today more famous for exporting reality shows like Big Brotherand Project Catwalk.

For while religion affirms the infinite dignity of the human person, its absence robs life of its sanctity. Universal exploitation and humiliation for fame and fortune are the inevitable outgrowth.

Certainly, America — like Britain — has many social and political problems. But, Boteach contends that the “spiritual underpinnings of the American republic” ensure that citizens continue to debate, soul-search and engage in national discourse. He contends that England should rediscover its own faith so that the nation can find its “sense of purpose” once more.

Source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/has-godlessness-truly-doomed-great-britain/



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truthteller1611

posted July 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm


Your remarks are right on Steven.
We have many examples in the Bible of how God deals with a godless society.
The Christians that are left
have to find the courage to stand up against the ungodly no matter what the cost.



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Steven

posted July 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm


Last I heard less than 5% of Britons attend church on any given Sabbath. Having said that, let’s be honest about Britain’s history. The church has been largely weak in the lives of the British since Cromwell and the Puritans were removed from power.

We also cannot discount the negative impact of the Great War and the WWII on the religious lives of Britons. The Great War caused a serious split with many people and God, WWII split the British from God completely.

Since the decline of the empire, caused largely by Winston Churchill and pro-war hawks, Britons have completely rejected God. The end result is a godless society where partying, illicit sex, homosexuality and so on has flourished. Also lurking in the background is a formerly Christian society looking the other way while Muslims take over.



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