The influence of the Christian church seems to be decaying, at least in west (in Africa it is still rather strong). Nonetheless, the Christian church, who in this case refers to the Catholics, Eastern Orthodox or Protestant communities, no longer holds the same power and influence it had centuries, or even decades ago.
It is no secret that Christianity has been dying in the west. Any statistic or census shows that religion has been on a rapid decline, and that for the most part people are becoming ‘secular’, or ‘non-religious’.
This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Obviously, given my antagonism towards organized religion (especially Christianity, which I view as one of the worst religions created), one would think that I would be joyful in knowing that Christianity is dying. And personally I am, but like with all things, something inevitably takes the place of the old once the old disappears.
Liberalism, and liberal ethics, seem to have dominated the west. Anyone familiar with my work will know that I strongly dislike liberals, and to be more broad, all leftist doctrines in general. The problem that I have with the death of Christianity is that the influence of Christianity, namely in ethics, is still very much present. Now, the right-wing loves to claim that Christianity is a conservative religion, but this is only true in a traditional sense. For the most part, Christian ethics are extremely ‘liberal’ in the broad sense. Sure, Christianity does condemn homosexuality and abortion, but it also promotes a universal love and to leave judgement to God. In other words, I believe that, as a whole, Christianity has liberal ethics (egalitarianism, non-violence, universal love, forgiveness), whereas certain aspects of Christianity, like any movement, have some traditional or conservative elements, but not enough to reconstruct the main teachings (which are liberal).
Nonetheless, the modern liberal ethical code is merely a modern manifestation of past Christian ethics. Simply because many diluted, Christian conservatives preach ‘anti-liberal’ political opinions does not negate the leftist tendency of Christianity. If anything, leftists are the ones who are ‘true Christians’ in the sense that they at least seem to follow the ‘big picture’ of Christian ethics, whereas the Conservatives, who are diluted and idiotic, promote Capitalism, nationalism, and violence, despite Christian ethics clearly opposing most forms of those three ideas.
Liberals, for the most part, tend to be anti-war, anti-capitalism (at least compared to the American right), pro-human rights, pro-equality, pro-coexisting, pro-multiculturalism, anti-violence and they also tend to be much more accepting of others than their ‘Christian’ conservative counterparts.
It should be noted that many liberal principles, such as equality, kindness, acceptance and this idea of sharing and caring are, in all respects, Christian ethics. The European pagans that existed before the arrival of Christianity lacked many of the same ethical codes that their descendants today carry. So whether the liberal is an atheist or a Christian, it still stands that the liberals abides by Christian-like ethics.
So, even in a decaying Christian society, the ethics of Christianity, a weak and, as Nietzsche best referred to it, a ‘slave-morality’ mentality, is still present. It is interesting to note that many far-right thinkers were, in many respects, anti-Christian. The Italian and German fascist leaders were all well-known admirers of the Roman/Germanic paganism, and Hitler himself even remarked that he believed, had it not been for Christianity, the German race would have conquered the world.
Thus, to be a Christian means that you abide by liberal ethics, and vice versa, to be a liberal means that you abide by Christian ethics. There are of course some noticeable differences, but as a whole, Christianity and liberalism are very much compatible. And it is for this reason that I believe the decaying of the Christian church is both a good thing and a bad thing. Good in the sense that it is an end to superstitious dogma and illogical belief systems. Bad because the influence, particularity in regards to the weak Christian ethical code, is still being promulgated by the popular liberal parties.