with Karl Faase
When you consider the shifts in thinking, education and pressures in modern western democracies, it is almost surprising the number of people who follow Christian belief.
Yet in all western countries faith and belief are still a significant part of the community. This cannot be explained just through history and families. Thousands of people continue to choose to follow Jesus every day across wealthy western nations.
Canadian writer and philosopher Charles Taylor writes: “The individual pursuit of happiness as defined by consumer culture still absorbs much of our time ... All this is true and yet the sense that something more presses in. … Our age is very far from settling into comfortable unbelief.”
In the face of opposition, Christian belief continues to grow. The key reason for that is, as Taylor suggests, we cannot get comfortable with unbelief.•