The “business model” of all religions has been the same since time began. It is a story of the religious guru telling people about their individual importance to him and the behavior required of them for an afterlife. The listener pays some money and the deal is done.
This model was challenged somewhat by access to education and literature. But, these were expensive and sometimes hard to acquire. The guru could compete by making himself readily available and relatively inexpensive.
All that has changed, and not just for Christianity. Other religions are or will feel the competition of computer access to information that challenges super natural deeds, invisible heroes and life after death.
The Wall Street Journal, July 2, 2013 includes a review of a book, My Isl@m by a blogger named Amir Ahmad Nsar. I could not find a free link.
Nsar describes a journey out of Islam one could hear from ex Christians at most any gathering of Freethinkers. Someone suggested reading internet articles by those who had left Islam. He found arguments that piqued his curiosity. Eventually he left.
It is amazing really that religions have been so successful at spinning tall tales and then saying, “You must believe this stuff. If you don’t we’re going to punish you with unknown and not documented misery.”
I will be surprised if the Internet does not run out the clock on much of religion. All that Satan ever asked for was a chance with fair competition.
Now, it’s here.