From Christians in Shanghai to Muslim televangelists in Cairo, they conclude we're in the middle of a global faith revival. They report compelling evidence of a religion boom. For example, they say China will be the world's biggest Christian country by 2050 — at the latest — and already the country has more churchgoers than members of the Communist party.
Micklethwait and Wooldridge also report religious people are healthier, wealthier and happier than the non-religious. On a less rosy note, they also cite faith as being at the heart of the world's worst flashpoints of violence.
The article then gives an excerpt of God is Back. A cool read, although heavy with examples of the growing potentiality of religious violence.
How does this article jive with the post-Christian America article? Who knows. It will take several decades or more, I'd imagine, to make more accurate claims about the trending religiosity of the American public. But, if you wanted to put the articles in dialogue, you could possibly make a couple claims. First, that America is becoming post-Christian, while the rest of the world is witnessing a religious surge. The examples in the God is Back article for America are only citations of the religiosity of the candidates for our highest offices, one could argue, hardly representative of the American public as a whole. Religion in America is losing public influence, yet within the world at large, religion is gaining in influence. Or second, one could claim that there is a strengthening of secularism in America, and the power of religion over public life is waning. On the other hand, there is an equal and opposite reaction, a hardening and amplification of religiosity in the public sphere, despite dwindling numbers. So while America is becoming post-Christian, a movement to preserve and conserve Christian values will remain loud and reactive, even in light of the shrinking influence of religion within the country as a whole.
Another alternative must be noted, where the articles are not in dialogue: it could just be that we are in either a post-Christian America or that God is back.