THis one, put on hold currently: Does decline of mainstream Christian beliefs correlate with the rise of superstitious, magical, neopagan or New Age practices?
I get it that it is not considered a good question here, but tbh I'm pretty stuck here and I don't know how to fix it.
First of all, let's find a clear claim that can be proven or disproven. The linked article contains many claims.
This is hard because the claim, in its whole completeness, comes - IIRC - from the book I mentioned: "Zmanipuluję cię, kochanie" by Robert Tekieli. The book is devoted primarily to the athor's criticism against stuff like superstitious, neopagan, magical, occult, New Age, Eastern religious or Satanic beliefs and practices. The author's criticism comes from his Catholic POV. In this book he made a statement that without healthy religion people lean towards pathological forms of religion. I reasoned that by "pathological forms of religion" he means all these beliefs and practices he is arguing against in his book. This is why I have a problem with this moderator's demand:
"rejecting healthy religion with pathological forms of religion" - that is purely opinion-based, and should be removed before reopening.
For the purpose of this question, I defined "pathological forms of religion" in an objective manner. However, if I remove this statement, I will have no way to link the claim, as stated in my question, to the original claim from the book. I know that I had at least the right to quote the original claim, however "opinion based" it might seem.
Another problem is that I don't have this book right now. I lent it to someone and never saw it again. Thus I was forced to summarize the book from my memory. Nevertheless, I believe that I did it accurately with pretty good probability and even if I didn't, many other people preach this.
The linked article contains many claims.
Why do ppl value that article so much? I tried to define the claim as strictly and rigorously I could. I provided the article ONLY as a proof that this sort of thinking is notable among Christian preachers. I did NOT intent to ask you to dispute this article, but rather the claim I posted in my question. Where I tried to summarize what some CHristian preachers COMMONLY say.
First of all, let's find a clear claim that can be proven or disproven.
Isn't this a clear claim that can be proven or disproven? I tried my best to state it clearly:
The claim I have heard and read numerous times in Catholic books and magazines is that whenever true or healthy religion (that is Catholicism of course, but I believe other mainstream Christian denominations or even ) withdraws, pushed back by the promotion of a secular, materialistic, rationalistic, atheistic, liberal or scientific worldview, the people's natural desire for religion manifests by the masses not embracing the said secular worldview, but rather filling the "religion vacuum" created by rejecting healthy religion with pathological forms of religion, that is embracing superstitious, neopagan, magical, occult, New Age, Eastern religious or Satanic beliefs and practices. The claim also elaborates that even though there is a growth of people openly admitting such beliefs, there is an even sharper growth of people who, although disclaim holding the aforementioned beliefs, nevertheless embrace practices dictated by such beliefs ("If you ask a random person if he's superstitious, he will most likely answer he's not; but try shaking his hand over the doorstep or making him walk below a ladder and watch him protest").
End of quotation from my question.
Also the overall premise seems to be based on a false dilemma of choosing between Christianity and other not-quite-religious beliefs. Many people are both Christian and superstitious, or Christian and new-age, etc.
Arguably this is not true since Christianity and New Age can be argued to be mutually exclusive; but even disregarding this problem, the argument as presented by the moderator here can be used as a challenge to the claim, but not to the question? If one can present the evidence that the more CHristians we have the more superstitious people we have then the claim seems to be disproven?