By Jonathon Van Maren
June 1, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Social commentators and scholars have been opining on the collapse of Christianity across Western Europe for decades now, as the vacuum created by the ongoing extinction of faith has been accompanied by the collapse of the traditional family and a demographic winter so severe it has forced governments to import massive amounts of immigrants to supply their labor force and ostensibly to prop up their creaking, top-heavy social welfare systems. With the occasional spasm of resistance to the organized decay being languidly orchestrated by the Eurocrats in Brussels (like Brexit, the brief marriage of old guard leftists and actual conservatives, both disenfranchised by the homogenized center-left blob made up of the Labor and Tory parties), whatever is left of Christendom is slowly imploding on itself.
The Pew Research Center has released a wide-ranging study on Christianity in Western Europe, and their findings—while predictable—are still breathtaking when one considers the inherent religiosity of European society only a few generations ago. Practicing Christians—which Pew, for the purposes of their study, defines as those who attend church a minimum of once a month—are a vanishing species, making up only 28% of the population in Austria, 10% of Belgians, 10% of Danes, 9% of Finns, and 18% of the French. Only 22% of Germans are practicing Christians, and the Dutch, who were sustained by faith throughout the dark years of the Nazi Occupation, have abandoned Christianity almost entirely—only 15% still attend church somewhat regularly. Scandinavia, unsurprisingly, is equally godless: 9% of Swedes practice some form of Christianity, and just 14% of Norwegians.
Catholic Spain is gone, too—their numbers have fallen to 21%. Portugal is slightly higher at 35%, while Italy climbs to 40%. The United Kingdom, where Christianity is vanishing by the year, is down to 18%–and the numbers in Ireland’s abortion referendum last month are at least somewhat explained by the fact that only 34% attend church at least once a month. Switzerland, the home of John Calvin’s Geneva, is sitting at 27%. Combined, these once-Christian nations—now graveyards of empty cathedrals and crumbling churches—have a median of 18% practicing Christian. For anyone who knows even the slightest bit about European history, these numbers indicate a repudiation of everything their ancestors held dear—beliefs that those who went before them were in many cases willing to die for.