Fertility and Faith: The Demographic Revolution and the Transformation of World Religions by by Philip Jenkins is a book you should read, if you want to understand the religious future… as opposed to the secularist past.
While you’re at it, grab a copy of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century by Eric Kaufmann
I have my doubts about The Return of Christendom: Demography, Politics, and the Coming Christian Majority: I suspect that it’s going to be a tougher slog than he thinks to rebuild an actual Christian majority in the US: the rise of Christianity in Russia and Hungary is a too “top-down” and superficial for me to trust it; and by the time there is a believing (as opposed to merely nominal) Christian Europe, most of the faithful will have Turkish, Arabic, or Black African names and coloured with the darker skin tones.
But for what it’s worth, here’s the link.
Regardless of the details, it’s the duty of every Christian to build the Kingdom of Heaven: and, by it’s very nature, this is a future-oriented vision.
Learn from the past: work today; shape tomorrow…
…and teach your children today. So they can grow strong and true tomorrow, to shape the world the day after tomorrow.
I am opposed to the Rapture-inclined, who think it’s a waste of time building the Kingdom of God, in time and on earth, because “we are all going to escape reality, Any Minute Now.”
I am opposed to the amillennialist, who believe that evil will progressively grow stronger and stronger, while the godly will grow weaker and weaker, in time and on earth.
“Isn’t that obvious faithlessness in the victory of Christ? Or even implicitly Satanistic, implying that Christ is NOT the Victor in the real world, that the world DOESN’T belong to Him, and it is NOT ruled by Him?”
Pessimillenniarians may choose to refuse to DISCIPLE the NATIONS to obey God, and instead focus on building their walled-in tiny religious fiefs… and call THAT that Kingdom of God!
And their children wonder why they’re stuck in a tiny little ghetto, without any voice outside the temple walls.
“Thus did not Abraham.” Or Christ. Or Moses. Or Paul.