A Christian alarmed at the rapid fall of Christianity in Scotland lays out the blame in a recent publication. He says two things have caused it, socialism and immigration. As with nearly all issues in the social sciences, there are many variables.
Europe has more socialism than the U.S. But, it has a lot of privately owned businesses. I assume those migrating into Europe are not working for governments but mostly are working for private businesses. The businesses pay them less. Prices of the goods they produce are less and profits higher. How can one blame “socialism” for that?
Then the author links immigration with young peoples’ disinterest in Christianity. Tolerance for other religious beliefs is taught in the liberal public schools of Europe, the author believes, and this makes young people question Christianity.
All this seems like a stretch to me. It seems likely Christianity is falling off in Europe rapidly for other reasons. One might be simply that its time has run out. Another is that it has become so identified with an older generation the next one doesn’t relate to it.
We have to remind ourselves always that in Europe there are state religions while in the U.S. they are free enterprise. This latter allows for more innovation and adjustment to the market. The irony is so many religious people want to make Christianity the state religion, or, put parts of the religion, like anti abortion and gay rights, into law.
Best to stay away from government.