How the West Really Lost God, by leading cultural critic Mary Eberstadt, presents a powerful new theory about why religion has declined in the Western world.
Prevailing wisdom has suggested that the decline of religion brought about the demise of the family. But Ms. Eberstadt turns this logic around with her impressive body of research that shows the reverse has also been true: the decline of the family has further undermined Christianity itself. And most believers have no idea how to stop it from happening.
If Ms. Eberstadt’s theory is true, faith and family go together, and the decline of both may be having an adverse effect on society. It makes sense, as well, to note that our media saturated culture plays a part in this . . . exposing us every day to media content, both good and bad.
Never before in human history has such a wide and diverse number of men and women wielded such awesome and continuing influence over the global populace as do the leaders of electronic media and social media.
The Church’s responsibility is to pray for these leaders. Theirs is to decide whether or not to allow Him to work in and through them for great, pure, and noble purposes.
Some companies are beginning to take this connection of faith, families, and media seriously . . . like Variety magazine, whose popular event, PURPOSE: The Family Entertainment & Faith-Based Summit, is dedicated to stimulating family entertainment and faith-based programming.