Ross Douthat notes a convergence between some scholars of divergent politics (Robert Putnam and David Campbell; James Davison Hunter) on the state of Christianity. Douthat's conclusion:
"Christians need to find a way to thrive in a society that looks less and less like any sort of Christendom — and more and more like the diverse and complicated Roman Empire where their religion had its beginning, 2,000 years ago this week" ("A Tough Season for Believers").
In the early 20th Century, Charles Péguy was already observing this change (see "after Jesus, without Jesus"), Although the tone of Péguy's comments (like Douthat's) may sound dire, in fact it's the helpful description of our current circumstances which enables us to begin again our journey. Christians now more than ever need to learn from the example of St. Paul:
"More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and (the) sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead." (Philippians 3:8-11, NAB)
Begin again. John and Andrew listening to John the Baptist cry out: behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!