This is something that has been on my mind for some time. My aunt and I have discussed it off and on for months and I would like to have some input from you guys and hopefully someone here can refrence me to a good book or two on the issue.The issue goes like this:
That relgion and faith play an important part in the life of a country. That once an area went away from God that it really suffered (note Russia, a country with vastly superior resources than us, suffered immensly under the soveits style which is aithiest in nature) and that people that are close to God successed (note th '50 in the U.S. which was rather religous). As Metternich said, “The downfall of empires always directly depends upon the spread of unbelief. For this very reason religious belief, the first of virtues, is the strongest power. It alone curbs attack and makes resistance irresistible. Religion cannot decline in a nation without causing that nation’s strength also to decline, and the fall of states does not proceed in arithmetical progression according to the law of falling bodies, but rapidly leads to destruction.” newadvent.org/cathen/10245a.htm
Your thoughts and opinions, and any books to look at the issue (both sides of the issue in a non-biased, please) please. Thanks and God bless.