I will refer to America the most here, since that's where most of my experience lies.
But first, I would like to quote TheWalkingFox:
"For the vast majority of Europe's christian history it was a decaying society, a backwater of the world. Europe's jump to fame came with the
Spanish conquest of the Americas, and the wealth that brought; And it's worth noting that the Spanish killed and plundered the Americans against the
decrees of the church. The majority of Europe's advancements after this period came as a result of stepping away from the faith of their ancestors,
which is, even to this day, violently against science and innovation. Christianity had to be put on the shelf for Christian Europe to prosper."
This is correct. Refer to your history books and see that this time period is called "The Age Of Enlightenment." This is where Art, Philosophy, and
Science rose and gave birth to modern western civilization. Also called "The Age of REASON."
Let's remember that in this same century America was founded by DEISTS and ATHEISTS, that's a fact I thought most people knew but if not, look it
up. Not to mention the majority of scientists and great thinkers were and still are non-religious.
Also, democracy had been a huge play on the development of the majority of the Western civs that rose to power. It can also be agreed that currently,
when a country is in need of reformation, democracy is the chosen path, regardless of religion. So what I'm saying here is, yes, let's contribute
the development of the whole western culture based on one religion, rather than delicately constructed political systems.
Funny how China would forget Japan as a booming, advanced country as well. Or even themselves! It is complete fact when I say that America's
technological advancements are military-based. Warfare... okay xtians, you win that one
Finally as the current state of affairs go, however, we can all see that America is going to hell in a hand-basket, so to speak, while simultaneously
religion is sneaking its way into political agendas more and more every day.
America is being left behind. And by looking at statistics showing which countries are becoming less religious, one might say another Age of Reason is
Percentage of non-religious citizens in each country (2005):
America: slightly above 20%
England: approx. 60%
That is the gist of it. And these numbers either have remained consistent or increased in the past six years. None have declined.
If you are wondering where America is on that scale, it is seventh from the bottom, along with Albania, Kyrgystan, Cuba, and Croatia.
Conclusion? The Vatican paid these Chinese "thinktankers."
Source: Zuckerman, Phil. "Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns", chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Atheism, ed. by Michael Martin, Cambridge
University Press: Cambridge, UK (2005).