OK, let’s start again.
What are these people doing calling themselves members of a Church? To me atheism can be a step up from religion in that it can indicate a step away from false piety and toward critical thinking. And agnosticism is at least a position of honesty and ought to give joy to a person of any other religion because they may be a person of interest for conversion. Hopefully the agnostic along with the atheist will both recant and yet go past religion.
It goes to show that atheist propaganda is more effective in a society with a higher standard of living where people are cushioned against reality,
I very much concur that wealth can be a cushion against reality, but so can religion,even ours to some people…
…more materialistic and have less need of God than the poor and deprived in Africa,.
Why would someone cushioned against reality have less “need of God” as you put it, than someone in dire straights? Are they not more asleep in your terms? This is why I said what I did earlier.
Asia and South America where there are many conversions to Christianity because they know it is futile to stake everything on this life, worship material possessions and seek for lasting happiness in this world, instead of loving one another, trusting in divine Providence and looking forward to the fulfilment of the promises of Jesus in the world to come…
Here you continue to posit that wealth/poverty is a factor in being amenable to the clothing of spirituality.
They don’t believe in “pie in the sky” - or “pie on earth” - but in the Living Bread that came down from heaven, dwelt amongst us and gave His life for all of us - including those who reject Him and despise His followers…
Who are these “they?” Have you interviewed all Africans or Asians to get their take on Christianity. And why are you happy that they are “converting?” Someone I know is a Mormon missionary and he and his companions are nearly gloating that they are converting Catholics in droves.
So I’m trying to be clear here in exactly what it is you are saying, including wondering what you mean by “atheist propaganda?” What if people are just thinking for themselves?Many people I know are fleeing religion and are yet becoming mote adoring of God and respectful of Creation and of each other. Many of them are atheist whom I would far more easily trust than many of the pious I know of any faith.So again, what is your point? If Catholicism is great for you, that is absolutely wonderful. You are where you need to be to learn what you need to learn. Maybe other folks are in a different position?