Global influence

There is a story told about the alleged waning of Christianity that has been popular among secularists since the late 19th century. Grounded in the theories of Marx, Weber, Durkheim and Freud, and promulgated today by thinkers as varied as Peter Berger and Christopher Hitchens, the story maintains that from the time Christianity originated in the eastern Mediterranean until it reached its pinnacle of dominance in medieval Europe, it was sustained by populations longing to understand what their age simply could not, or did not wish to, explain to them.


This article is available to subscribers only. Please subscribe for full access—subscriptions begin at $2.95. Already have an online account? Log in now. Already a print subscriber? Create an online account for no additional cost.

This article is available to subscribers only.

To post a comment, log inregister, or use the Facebook comment box.