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Is Europe Committing Suicide? Because It Has Lost Faith In Historic Christian Values

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 20, 2017

Controversial Book Claims Elites In Uk And The Continent Are Encouraging Mass Immigration Because They’ve Lost Faith In Historic Christian Values

A couple of days ago, I saw TV footage of the outspoken Labour MP Jess Phillips on the campaign trail, seeking re-election in her suburban Birmingham constituency.

She was asked which issues voters mentioned most often on the doorstep. Ms Phillips did not miss a beat.

Immigration comes up…’ she said thoughtfully. And then, as if remembering herself, she started talking about bin collections instead.

It was, I thought, an enormously revealing moment. For there is no issue so potentially dangerous as immigration. Many people have intense feelings about it, and many feel unable to raise them publicly.

Even in private, self-consciously tolerant people discuss immigration very tentatively, if at all.

The shadow of Enoch Powell — the Birmingham-born Tory who was cast into the wilderness after his controversial speech in 1968 about ‘rivers of blood’ (a phrase he never actually used) — still hangs over the debate.

A few years ago, I was at a lunch in London, sitting next to the former editor of a national newspaper and the editor of one of Britain’s best-known magazines, both of them highly educated and liberal-minded people. The subject turned to immigration.

It’s gone much too far,’ one said. ‘You’re quite right,’ said the other, ‘but of course you can’t say so.’

The journalist Douglas Murray has no such qualms. Best known for his acerbic columns in the Spectator magazine and his prize-winning book on the Bloody Sunday inquiry, he has just hurled a literary hand grenade into the debate about immigration and identity in today’s Europe.

Indeed, the opening lines of his new book, The Strange Death Of Europe, could hardly be more incendiary.

Europe is committing suicide,’ Murray writes. ‘Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide… As a result, by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home.’

The causes, he thinks, are twofold. First, our political leaders have knowingly colluded in the ‘mass movement of peoples into Europe’, filling ‘cold and rainy northern towns’ with ‘people dressed for the foothills of Pakistan or the sandstorms of Arabia’.

Second, he believes Europe’s intellectual and cultural elites, including those in Britain, have ‘lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy’. Crippled with guilt, obsessed with atoning for the sins of empire, they have lost sight of the historic Christian values that their people expect them to defend.

As a result of their deluded utopianism, Murray thinks, Europe is ceasing to be Europe. Indeed, he believes that European culture as generations have understood it — the culture of Michelangelo and Mozart, Shakespeare and Goethe, Dickens and Wagner — is doomed.

Instead of remaining a home for the European peoples,’ he writes, ‘we have decided to become a “utopia” only in the original Greek sense of the word: to become “no place”.’

You will not be surprised to hear that Murray’s book has gone down badly with the bien-pensant types at The Guardian, whose reviewer described it as ‘gentrified xenophobia’ and a ‘slightly posher’ version of ‘naked racism’.

In its way, that verdict tells you all you need to know about the intellectual blinkers of the liberal intelligentsia.

Even so, at the risk of being accused of xenophobia by The Guardian — which would admittedly put me in crowded company — I believe he has penetrated closer to the heart of our current discontents than legions of liberal academics.

For one thing, it is refreshing to get some honesty about the historically unprecedented nature of immigration into Europe in the past 70 years.

In case you need reminding, the figures for Britain alone are simply mind-boggling.

Between 1997 and 2010, for example, the last Labour government allowed a staggering 2.2 million people to settle in this country, the equivalent of two Birminghams.

Under David Cameron, the Tories promised to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands. Yet the latest figures show that annual net migration is about 273,000, roughly a city the size of Hull arriving every year.

It is worth noting, by the way, that mass immigration has always been immensely unpopular. When I wrote a history of Britain in the Sixties, I could hardly fail to notice that even back then, at least seven out of ten people were dead against it, as shown by the deluge of approving letters that greeted Enoch Powell’s supposedly toxic speech.

Maybe his admirers were wrong; maybe they weren’t. But whatever your own view of immigration, there has never been an issue on which the political class has so consistently gone against the wishes of the British people.

At this point in the argument, your standard liberal academic would typically interject to insist that Britain has always been a nation of immigrants. We all come from somewhere else anyway, they say, we are all mongrels, so how dare we close the gates to a few more?

But as Douglas Murray shows, this is a shameless rewriting of our past. For most of our history, we have never been a nation of immigrants. Even the most famous influx in our history, the Norman Conquest, involved a tiny population transfer, the equivalent of no more than 5 per cent or so.


As much as the BBC and other news organisations like to pretend that Britain has always been a beacon of diversity, the plain fact is that until the mid-20th century the massive, overwhelming majority of the people who lived here had been born here. Look at photo after photo from late Victorian London and the uniformly pale faces stare back at you.

The arrival of the French Huguenots in the 1680s, often cited by apostles of diversity, involved about 50,000 people, all of whom were white and Christian.

And although the Irish migrants who arrived in the 19th century faced more than their fair share of prejudice, our islands’ interlinked histories meant they were far from complete outsiders.

Liberal-minded types often find this embarrassing. Either they try to rewrite our history, relentlessly playing up the presence of tiny minorities of Africans and Asians, or they peddle a caricature of pre-Fifties Britain as a grey, boring place, which desperately needed an injection of immigrant colour.

This is not just a British hang-up. As Murray writes, European liberals love to paint their own societies as ‘slightly boring or staid places’. They write as if ‘there is a hole at the heart of Europe which needs filling and without which we would otherwise be poorer’.

(By the way, this is something they would never dream of saying about countries such as Bhutan or Burkina Faso. Nobody ever suggests that what these unforgivably monoracial countries need is an influx of migrants from Surrey.)

As a superbly damning example, Murray gives us the views of the impeccably liberal Fredrik Reinfeldt, Sweden’s Prime Minister between 2006 and 2014, who enjoyed the dubious reputation of being the ‘Scandinavian David Cameron’. He was a passionate advocate of mass immigration. Swedish people, he once said, were ‘boring’, while national borders were ‘fictional’ constructs.

And in a perfect illustration of what Murray sees as the European elite’s chronic self-flagellation, Mr Reinfeldt even declared that ‘only barbarism is genuinely Swedish. All further development has been brought from outside’. 

This would have come as a shock to the Swedish playwright August Strindberg, the film director Ingmar Bergman and the members of Abba, not to mention their countrymen who invented the seatbelt and the pacemaker.

In any case, the results of Mr Reinfeldt’s liberal utopianism have been staggering. With just 10 million people, Sweden has taken in more refugees per capita than any other country. In 2015 alone, it accepted 180,000 incomers — more than the population of all but the three largest Swedish cities.

In recent months, the relationship between immigration and crime in Sweden has become hugely controversial. This is thanks largely to Donald Trump’s comments about ‘riots’ in Sweden based on a report on Fox News, which blamed an alleged breakdown in law and order in the country on an influx of migrants over the past 20 years.

But as Murray suggests, the really telling story is surely the rise of the far-Right Sweden Democrats — a nationalistic, anti-immigrant party that has come from nowhere to lead the opinion polls for the past two years. And this not in Thirties Germany but in 21st-century Sweden, ostensibly one of the most contented, tolerant and egalitarian societies on Earth!

It would, I think, be unforgivably lazy to blame this on the supposed racism of the great unwashed, as liberal intellectuals love to do.

In fact, almost every indicator shows that old-fashioned, poisonous prejudice has virtually died out, not just here in Britain, but across much of Western Europe.

Whatever The Guardian might think, Murray himself is not racist. Indeed, he writes movingly about the plight of the thousands of refugees who have paid up to $1,500 (£1,150) each to travel on dangerous boats across the Mediterranean. As he remarks, any decent person should want to help them, not to ‘push them back into the sea’.

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Spiritual Crisis in The West: The Beheaders of Christians Get Asylum and Preferential Status

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on August 20, 2015

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Do you feel the heat? It feels as though judgment is soon coming upon the earth. This next time it will not be a flood but fire. Warning signs are flashing everywhere. Alarm bells are ringing everywhere, but far too many self-professed Christians in the West are dazed or asleep.

Of course, these things have happened in the past, there is nothing new under the sun; ancient Israel repeatedly refused to obey God, to keep His commandments and statutes.

The psalmist (Psalm 78) mentions that Ephraim (meaning Israel at large) did not keep the covenant of God; they refused to walk in His law, and forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them. . . . How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, and grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power. . . . Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, and did not keep His testimonies.

The proportion that a society goes against the will of God, that is the same proportion that God withdraws His hedge of protection and blessing from that society. The more a nation or society as a whole turns its back on God, the more the presence of God withdraws. And the more the presence of God withdraws, the more room that gives to the Devil to come in and do his thing

In the past, Western nations of the cold and dark geographical regions of planet Earth got the blessing from God because their forefathers worked harder (spiritually) to find and know God. Despite natural disadvantages, despite sunlight- (the source of life) deficiency (malillumination) people in the north were able to get God’s blessing for their desire to get closer to the Almighty. After many years of lawlessness, disastrous wars and destruction, He showed them His works and wonders, gave them peace, prosperity and power. However – like the ancient Israelites – “white nations” too abused these blessings by tempting, provoking, grieving and angering Him.

In our time, before our very own eyes, the character of he West has dramatically changed. People in the West now seem to have rejected The Lord, and installed their own laws. As we observe everywhere in Europe and North America, those human laws call for the tolerance of evil and the installation of sin as part of the constitution. They anger God, thus He no longer protects them. Truly, if they do not repent immediately they will not only lose those precious things given to them, but they will be enslaved by the new-barbarians.

Today, Western nations are seeking to push God out of the public square and ignore the will of God, choosing to do things like sanction same sex ceremonies, kill babies miraculously made in their wombs, and so forth. They also are fighting hard not to let Christian refugees into their countries – they call them “illegals”, give them a bad name in order to shot them. In an African migrant they always fabricate a bogeyman, a scarecrow to frighten their brainwashed populations. Even though 90% of all the immigrants are from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Bangladesh they permanently talk about African “illegals”. Pay attention to your TV-screen and newspapers, whenever they show Africans it’s the “young, healthy & scary” male ones – yet, among the Syrians and Afghans it’s the “weak” – women and children who are often displayed. Even the Rohingya (Bangladeshi) invaders of Myanmar are portrayed as needy, innocent and persecuted, while Africans are labled as “illegal criminals” The message here is clear; create fear and antipathy towards the tiny number of “invading” Africans, but empathy and sympathy towards “victimized” Middle Easterners and Muslims. The world upside down!

According to International Organization for Migration (IOM), 86% of migrants that have died in the Mediterranean voyage have been from Sub-Saharan Africa. While Syria was the top producer of migrants in 2014.

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There is a vast human tragedy unfolding along the shores of the Mediterranean. According to figures released Friday by the international Organization for Migration, an estimated 2,300 migrants have died in the Mediterranean this year. Think about it, 2,300 dead / killed! Two years ago the Mediterranean tragedy used to spark outrage, but now, either we’re conditioned by the media to accept the ongoing horror, or this tragedy is accepted, even approved and justified by the European nations.

Every sane person should honestly ask why so many human life is lost in close proximity to the ‘rich developed’ nations of Europe, across the very busy and tightly-controlled Mediterranean sea, while no death is reported concerning Asian boat people in the huge Indian ocean surrounded by “poor and underdeveloped” nations?

Helga Zepp-LaRouche commented on this situation as follows:

I see here in one glance, in the reactions to this situation, two completely different systems, two completely different paradigms. One, is really a form of a new fascism. One really has to see the absolutely cynical manner in which the EU replaced this Mare Nostrum program, maintained by Italy alone for the past year, with a program which no longer makes the attempt to save refugees from the Mediterranean Sea, but which rather says with complete cynicism, “The more of you who drown, the more the terror for those who will then be too frightened to come.” That is really the total moral bankruptcy of this EU…. We knowingly let thousands of human beings drown, to defend Fortress Europe somehow.

The Very Key Calais “Experiment”

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Self-observation doesn’t mean self-glorification – so, I am thoroughly convinced to say that this world will be judged by the way it treats Ethiopians – as The Lord Egziabher is sending them all over the world to see how they are approached and treated. I don’t think even the Eritrean Orthodox preacher at Calais knows that he and his brothers and sisters in Christ are there on a special mission, a Godly mission. I think The Lord (the commanding unit) is working miraculously by sending those Eritrean/Ethiopian Christians to help the spiritually dying populations of Europe, perhaps to save them from themselves, to wake them up. Irrespective of their reason for migration, there could be some Angels, even Jesus amongst them. Indeed, if we would have found Jesus at teatime on a Sunday, it wouldn’t have been in a nice sleepy church, it would have been in the migrants’ camp, so that’s where the Church needs to be.

But, the Europeans don’t seem to get it, they’re blinded. Isn’t it a clear sign of spiritual corruption that they refuse to see Christians through Christian lenses and accept them accordingly? What other reason could there be for them to allow the persecutors and murderers of Christians into their countries? It’s unbelievable, the humble sheeps are out and ”left”, the stubbornly proud Goats are in and “right”. It’s like feeding a pet crocodile which will eat them when it grows up. But on the Last Judgment and end times it will be quite the opposite. [Matthew 25:31-46].

Read this mind-boggling stories:

ISIS jihadist dubbed ‘Mrs Terror’ who wants to BEHEAD Christians lived on church aid in UK

— Muslim criminal gangs have taken control of 55 “no-go zones,” according to a report released by Swedish police

Western Blindness

Jesus said: “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the

image of God.” [2 Corinthians 4:4]

SpiritualBlindThere are two worlds; the visible, and the invisible. Our mortal physical eyes can only see physical reality. Every eye is limited to seeing physical things: the sun, the moon, the stars, cars, people, buildings, planes, dogs, grass, pollution, microbes, trees, books, computers. These things are all physical, and they are the only part of reality accessible to our eyes. On the other hand, our eyeballs are completely useless when it comes to perceiving spiritual reality. The spiritual side of life is just as real as the physical side; we just can’t see it. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking that the spiritual is less real. Many are mistaken, it is not. It is just as real, only we can’t see it. But it’s there and as real as eyeballs in our head. In fact, the spiritual world is infinitely more wonderful and beautiful than the physical.

Our spiritual eyes are even more valuable. We must use them if we want to live a life that finds its satisfaction in God. Every human being has spiritual eyes. God gave them to us so that we could apprehend the spiritual realities of life. Sadly, those who have not trusted Christ are completely blind spiritually. With their mortal eyes, they are not capable of distinguishing between The Holy Eyes and evil eyes. Many in the West see things 2dimensional – black and white, often unable to look beyond skin color, and tempted to look upon God’s creation. To look upon God is to die. It is to have the full glory of God exposed upon us, and if we are not united with Him, then we will die fully. So God keeps Himself hidden for a time, giving us a chance of repentance.

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God” [ 2 Corinthians 4:3-4]

History repeats itself when others fail to learn from it

When Western nations decided to kick God out of their country, look what came swarming in: the Islamic plague, aka Muslim grasshoppers. Every rational person should also honestly ask why big and rich Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia do not accept Muslim refugees who share their culture, language and faith?

SCOURGE OF THE WESTSeldom, but I find the thoughts of Martin Luther, the father of Protestantism on Islam interesting. As early as 1518, Martin Luther had identified the Islamic faith as the “scourge of God.” For the rest of his life Luther believed that the Muslims were God’s punishment upon a sinful Christendom who had, among other sins (ingratitude, toleration of wicked sects, worship of the god Mammon, drunkenness, greed, and the split of Christendom which had provoked His wrath)

How ironic — it looks a though, the West is now reaping what its Protestantism has sown in the spiritual world and is becoming a haunt for demonic activity. The Muslims have become a scourge in the hand of God to plague Europe. What I am talking about is called an invasion. What usually follows, is war – and everywhere it already has started to burn.

For God raises up cruel nations to punish sin as Isaiah states. Those Christians who have become martyrs for His kingdom will reign forever in His presence – His Home, for you all know that everyone dies. It is not a matter of if, but rather when and how. Therefore those who ignore the One who has reign and absolute sovereignty over eternity do so to their own peril. Those who suffer now will be vindicated in not having put their comfort ahead of His Truth.

The below stories perfectly illustrate how wicked, self-contracting and self-destructive Western nations have become. Please pay attention the many wicked and ignorant comments. Look at how “light-skinned” Syrian and Iraqi Christian migrants are welcomed by the populations of the West, and by the governments of the East, while “dark-skinned” Eritrean and Ethiopian Christians are mocked, despised and rejected. These blind and wicked folks who prefer a light-skinned Muslim to a dark-skinned Christian think that Jesus Christ would come in white skin.

Is this what we pay our licence for?’ Fury as BBC Airs Songs of Praise in Calais

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The priest in charge of the makeshift church at the heart of Calais’s migrant camp has refused to appear in a controversial episode of the BBC’s Songs of Praise because he fears it will endanger his family in Africa.

His remarks could put the episode in jeopardy after he disclosed that he and his flock do not want their faces on television in case the governments from which they have fled recognize them.

The BBC’s decision to film Songs of Praise inside the church has led to complaints, with one MP accusing the broadcaster of turning the migrant crisis into a political issue.

Speaking through a translator, Hagos Kesete, 31, from Eritrea, said: “People have a problem. They don’t want cameras. If our government sees us on camera, maybe our family will have a problem. I have so many reasons I cannot say. I have fear inside. I am not happy to speak on video,” he added.

The BBC has not asked me. I won’t appear on video.”

A BBC cameraman and three other employees were seen walking around the camp Sunday afternoon.

Mr Kesete’s congregation is mainly composed of migrants from Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Yesterday, around a hundred migrants were seen pouring into the church, built from canvas and sheets of corrugated iron, removing their shoes before they entered.

Mr Kesete, who says he trained as a priest for four years in his home country, led the service.

A new generator was providing electricity for a music system and a pair of makeshift lights that hung from the church’s rafters. Worshipers said they had received £150 in donations from activists to buy the generator.

Inside, men and woman stood on opposite sides as they were led in hymns and prayers by two priests, of which Mr Kesete is said to be the most senior.

They prayed in front of images of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary that were attached to the church’s canvas walls with masking tape during the three-hour service, which is held every Sunday in the camp.

The building is part of “Jungle Camp,” a rapidly growing encampment of around 5,000 migrants who are desperately trying to cross the Calais border. Mr Kesete claims he has tried to cross the borders to Britain every day since his arrival at the camp around one month ago. Speaking to reporters outside the church last week, he said: “’It is very dangerous but we still try, even if it is difficult.’

A lay preacher who helped to build the church, and who gave his name as Solomon Grama, told The Daily Telegraph it was named after St Michael because he is a guardian angel who is “there to protect us all”.

The 39-year-old Ethiopian said: “Our church is designed for all those who want to thank God for their lives and to pray for the future.”

I left my country because of political problems more than a year ago but never lost faith.”

After the service the priests gathered at a small table laden with two modest baskets of baguettes.

After breaking it up into very small chunks they passed around the baskets, received by a crowd which had swelled with curious passers-by – and the hungry – since the service began.

A priest whose church in a Calais migrant camp is set to feature in Songs of Praise plans to boycott the BBC’s production over fears that filming could endanger his family’s life.

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About 70 worshippers gathered yesterday to sing Ethiopian psalms and prayers during a three-hour ceremony at the church.

Some of the negative, ignorant and hateful comments to this report:

Just bulldoze these camps and end this nonsense”

How about you just stay away from the UK . You are not welcome here. And take your flock with you!”

Is it really Christian to abandon your family and flee?”

Slovakia will take in 200 Syrian refugees, but they have to be Christian

Positive comments on the same Daily Mail:

Good for Slovakia, showing some common sense. How many refugees has Saudi Arabia, or Iran taken in?”

Considering that the Christians are the ones being persecuted, they are completely correct. Christians are not here for the economy, they are genuinely fleeing for their lives.”

Good for them. Well done Slovakia. They must be learning from our mistakes in Western Europe.”

Iraqi Christians held for months by ICE after crossing Mexican border in asylum bid

Some of the more sympathetic comments posted to this story:

“I will happily drive down and pick them up. Just a few hours drive. Not kidding. Would be happy to provide for them until they get on their feet. Hope they release them. Unbelievable that the US is treating them like this.”

“The government been letting in all these muslims from Syria & Iraq but ICE detains Iraqi Christians

“Under our law and international law, these people are classified as “true” refugees, which invoke additional laws

Sweden to Reward Returning ISIS Jihadists

The Swedish capital of Stockholm has released its new policy document for dealing with ISIS fighters returning to the city after having had their fill of rape and beheadings of civilians. At first blush it seems strange that such a document would be all of 9 pages.

I mean, “Shoot!” should only take up one page, even with a large font.

Oh well, let’s see how Stockholm intends to handle terrorist-trained and combat-hardened fanatics.

The city of Stockholm will make it a priority to provide the returning ISIS fighters with housing, free health care (physical and mental) and full financial support, until they have received earmarked jobs. All this of course fast-tracked past the line of law-abiding immigrants and indigenous Swedes.

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— Wow: Muslim beheads shopper in IKEA store; look what IKEA is doing in response

Muslim criminal gangs have taken control of 55 “no-go zones,” according to a report released by Swedish police

Sweden slammed for denying visa to murdered Bangladeshi blogger

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The West – Nations Commit Suicide

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 23, 2015

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch: Eurovision Is ‘Repulsive’

The “hotbed of sodomy” Eurovision Song Contest final has again been blasted by the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), after the Primate called the international music event “repulsive”

So strong was Russian revulsion at the outcome of last year’s Eurovision, it was suggested a new competition should be launched to replace the decadence of the present incarnation, named the ‘Voice of Eurasia’. At the time, a spokesman for the Church said: “The last Eurovision contest’s results exhausted our patience.”

We must leave this competition. We cannot tolerate this endless madness.

The process of the legalization of that to which the Bible refers to as nothing less than an abomination is already long not news in the contemporary world.

Unfortunately, the legal and cultural spheres are moving in a parallel direction, to which the results of this competition bear witness”.

A Russian conservative politician said of the competiton last year: “Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision victory symbolizes the complete collapse of the European Union’s moral values… There’s no limit to our outrage. It’s the end of Europe. It has turned wild. They don’t have men and women any more. They have ‘it’”, reports the Christian Post.

The Patriarch may have been cheered by news from the United Kingdom after last year’s Eurovision, that despite the country giving full points to Austria’s gender-bending entry, all was not as it seemed. As Breitbart London reported, in the public vote, Poland’s sexually charged Slavic Girls entry won, but a small panel of BBC judges overruled the text-in vote and gave the points to Austria instead.

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New ‘Men’s Lingerie’ Raises Question: Is Western Civilisation Over?

Yes’ vote in Ireland’s same-sex ‘marriage’ referendum could destroy family and society

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Losing My Religion – Reformation To Blame?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 21, 2012

 

Belief in God is slowly declining in most countries around the world, according to a new poll, but the truest of the true believers can still be found in developing countries, Orthodox and Catholic societies.

The “Beliefs about God Across Time and Countries” report, released 18 April 2012 by researchers at the University of Chicago, found the Philippines to be the country with the highest proportion of believers, where 94 per cent of Filipinos said they were strong believers who had always believed. At the opposite end, at just 13 per cent, was the former East Germany, Religion News Service reports.

“The Philippines is both developing and Catholic,” said Tom W. Smith, who directs the General Social Survey of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. “Religion, which is mainly Catholic, is very emotionally strong there.”

The report covered data from 30 countries that participated in at least two surveys in 1991, 1998 or 2008. In 29 of the 30 countries surveyed in 2008, belief increased with age: Belief in God was highest for those ages 68 or older (43 per cent), compared to 23 per cent of those younger than 28.

While overall belief in God has decreased in most parts of the world, three countries — Israel, Russia and Slovenia — saw increases. The report said religious belief had “slowly eroded” since the 1950s in most countries of the world.

The percentage of believers in the former East Germany is lower than anywhere else. Although, the after effects of the communist society in East Germany are still being felt all over Eastern Germany more than 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the main culprit of religious illiteracy there could only be found in the Reformation of Martin Luther, and in the self-worshiping materialistic ethic of Bismarck’s Prussia.

The six states that make up former East Germany which have the highest percentage of atheists (52 percent of respondents), compared with Western part of Germany, have all originally Protestant background. In Western Germany, predominantly Catholic, only 10.3 percent of those who responded were atheists.

“Countries with high atheism (and low strong belief) tend to be ex-socialist states and countries in northwest Europe,” writes study author Tom W. Smith. “Countries with low atheism and high strong belief tend to be Catholic societies, especially in the developing world, plus the United States, Israel, and Orthodox Cyprus.”

Yet, unlike East Germany, former communist states like Russia, Slovenia or China do have a growing numbers of Christian believers. In fact, China will be the largest Christian nation of the World in a couple of years.

So, what do atheist regions like East Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark all have in common? Protestantism and Prussian way of life.

 

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