As America is following Europe down the gradual path of secularization, Christianity is not slowing down but merely shifting where it is centered. The next great “Christian nation” will be China.
From the Asia Times:
…Christianity will have become a Sino-centric religion two generations from now. China may be for the 21st century what Europe was during the 8th-11th centuries, and America has been during the past 200 years: the natural ground for mass evangelization. If this occurs, the world will change beyond our capacity to recognize it. Islam might defeat the western Europeans, simply by replacing their diminishing numbers with immigrants, but it will crumble beneath the challenge from the East.
When you consider the fact that South Korea already sends out the second most missionaries in the world (behind the US), it should come as no surprise that Asia is fertile ground for an explosive growth in Christianity.
While evangelistic atheism may be on the move in Western Civilization, Christ is on the march even more so in the East. I don’t think Hitchen’s “rationalism” will mean too much to Chinese Christians who have lived up atheism for generations. They have seen the failure of the philosophy and are spiritually hungry for something more.
I for one welcome the change and pray that God moves in tremendous ways in places like Asia, Africa and South America. Christianity needs to be removed from many of the cultural confines placed on it here in America. Jesus is much bigger than the Bible belt.