Today Christianity is a religion of the Third World. Europeans have
largely converted to some soft and watered-down variation of the West’s
only indigenous creed, Marxism, as represented by John Lennon’s
“Imagine” song. Christianity can no longer be associated largely with
the West. Ex oriente lux a phrase which once described the
belief that all great world religions rose in the East is now truer than
ever. With Marxism shrinking to the margins of the Guardian,
the monotheisms have reclaimed the field at least in raw numbers.
With the numbers between Christians and Muslims equalizing in the region
of the 10th degree of latitude, many places formerly dominated by Islam
are now doubtful ground. It’s upsetting the equilibrium. Jenkins thinks
the Third World populations can work out a modus vivendi, “if only
Washington and Riyadh can refrain from pouring fuel on the
hostilities”. And probably they can, but the professor may be mistaken
in believing Washington is pouring fuel on anything. There is no Western
Christian equivalent of Saudi-sponsored “anti-Christian propaganda
across the Global South”. Consequently the Christian response to Islam
will increasingly be independent of the West because the West has dealt
itself out of the game. If the Western intelligensia takes any side in
this fight it is likely to be Islam’s. But in all probability the
sophisticates will continue to think that all religions save “Imagine”
are equally worthless superstitions and remain aloof; disdainful of
taking the religious issues seriously.
As Christianity gets pushed to the back of the bus in the West, it’s just picking up steam in the Third World. Richard Fernandez writes that growing numbers of Third World Christians are rubbing up against Third World Muslims and creating a lot of friction. And getting no help whatsoever from us.