Religious historian Philip Jenkins argues in Foreign Policy that the demise of European Christianity has been greatly exaggerated. While its state religions remain vacuous and its cathedrals stand as tourist spots for Americans, where European Christianity truly exists it burns hotter and stronger than ever. “Its convinced adherents represent a small but vigorous minority,” Jenkins says, “. . . more passionate, enthusiastic, and rigorously committed to personal holiness. To use a scientific analogy, when a star collapses, it becomes a white dwarf–smaller in size than it once was, but burning much more intensely. Across Europe, white-dwarf faith communities are growing within the remnants of the old mass church.” This White Dwarf Church may prevent the “Islamization” of Europe that many critics are worried about.
Committed secularists should not miss the Habermas quote at the end either.