Atheism dominates the Lutheran homeland of Germany. Only about 15 percent of Wittenberg’s inhabitants identify themselves as Christian, and only eight percent of Germans living in of Eisleben, Luther’s birthplace, do as well. Atheism has swept over all of Europe the past century, but especially in former Eastern Bloc countries. Wittenberg and Eisleben, for example, were in Communist East Germany.
But American pilgrims visiting Europe, and native churches, now free from Communist threat and able to provide social services, are working to change things. We’ll see how much of an impact they have.