As a Cardinal, the current Pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, has often remarked on how it is that Christianity is no longer viable. He fervently believes that philosophical relativism is a true obstacle to recovery of our faith. He has written extensively on this matter in “Principals Of Catholic Theology”.
For Ratzinger, the belief that all thought, all propositions, even theology, must inevitably derive from a particular standpoint, a perspective of an embodied interest that would subvert today’s drive for man to create himself. In such thinking, systems of thought seeks to perpetuate and sustain ‘interests’ that keep man from enjoying freedom.
Here, authentic faith as a genuine opening of freedom is viewed as a masochistic attempt at preserving a paternalistic status quo. The fathers of the Enlightenment and their offspring, the ‘masters of suspicion’ have perverted faith to the equivalent of preserving an ideological monolith where faith and freedom must submit itself to the governing interests of historical immanence.
In a word: its a racket!
The West no longer believes that Christianity is viable because we have misplaced the genuine radical event that is the Incarnation.