“The fragmentation of Islamic civilization. With birthrates in Muslim societies more than double the European average, Islamic countries are bound to put pressure on Europe and the U.S. in the years ahead. If, as is forecast, the population of Yemen will exceed that of Russia by 2050, there must be either dramatic improvements in the Middle East’s economic performance or substantial emigration from the Arab world to senescent Europe. Yet the subtle colonization of Europe’s cities by Muslims does not necessarily portend the advent of a new and menacing “Eurabia.” In fact, the Muslim world is as divided as it has ever been. This division is not merely between Sunni and Shiite. It is also between those seeking a peaceful modus vivendi with the West (embodied in Turkey’s desire to join the EU) and those drawn to the Islamic Bolshevism of the likes of Osama bin Laden. Opinion polls from Morocco to Pakistan suggest high levels of anti-American sentiment, but not unanimity. In Europe, only a minority expresses overt sympathy for terrorist organizations; most young Muslims in England clearly prefer assimilation to jihad. We are a long way from a bipolar clash of civilizations, much less the rise of a new caliphate that might pose a geopolitical threat to the U.S.
“In short, each of the obvious 21st-century hegemons — the U.S., Europe, China — seems to contain within it the seeds of decline; while Islam remains a diffuse force in world politics, lacking the resources of a superpower…”
Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004
If we can or will learn or observe anything from the Anglican Crisis (version 2007) it is that in the very near future, Christianity will become much more the domain of the Global South. As Russia shrinks and its citizenry is increasingly Islamic or secular, Christianity grows by leaps and bounds in Africa and Asia.
But while what may be the inevitable unfolds before us, now might be a good time for a general Western reassesment of the prevailing views on contraception and fertility. One more soul might really be what we all need to be open to recieving.