The Orthodox World’s Secret

Want in on a secret? One which the Patriarchs and Bishops know but will not openly acknowledge?

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The Orthodox Faith may dwindle down to almost nil in its  “native” countries in the next 50 years.

How do I know this? The hard numbers cannot be ignored.

Russia’s fertility rate (children per reproducing capable woman): 1.36

Greece: 1.36

Serbia: 1.63

Romania: 1.31

Ukraine: 1.29

Moldova: 1.49

Once a country goes below 2.1 children per woman, the minimum replacement rate,  it is difficult to bring it back. The tipping point is past for these countries.

Russia “…will fall to 116 million people by 2050, from 141 million now, an 18 percent decline, largely because of a low birthrate and poor health habits.” The governments are trying to pay women to have babies, but because years of abortions and contraception rob the womb of its fruitfulness, no amount of money will bring it back.

Religious persecution, whether from Islam or atheism threatened Christianity before. Now, decades of capitalistic selfishness, poverty, lack of male providence, and abortion mills are sacking Christendom.

The Orthodox Christian faith will once again find itself on the offensive. As in, they MUST proselytize or die off. The powers will shift from the traditional jurisdictions to where the people are, quite literally, to the west and to the south and further east. You can see some of this happening into Africa (from native-born church missions) to the jurisdictional mess in North America.

My sources are: Gapminder and this artcle.

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5 Responses to “The Orthodox World’s Secret”


  1. 1 alana March 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    This makes me want to cry. It feels like our generation is living at the end of an era. And folks it’s happening in the USA too, to some extent. We have population growth but it’s due to immigration etc. This is the end of the era of European ascendency, fwiw.

    But rest assured, Christ and His Church will continue. Even the gates of Hell will not prevail against it. And the gospel will go out to ALL NATIONS.

    May God have mercy on us all.

  2. 2 susanne430 March 15, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Are we seeking to build a Christian kingdom? I was wondering since I saw “Christendom” in this post. 🙂 Interesting stuff! I joked recently with an Arab friend that “my race” (tongue in cheek) was becoming extinct since we aren’t reproducing very quickly.

    Unlike the Arabs. 🙂

  3. 3 akhomeschoolfun March 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    My husband was saying that the world will eventually be populated by Muslims and Mormons simply since they are out breeding everyone else. Sad to think of reproduction like that. But if you look just at the numbers, it seems to be true.

  4. 4 Reza August 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I’m not worried about the numbers. There has reciently been a resurgance in monastic life, which some would also attempt to blame, if it means the population going “extinct”, as it were [which I don’t believe would happen], then by all means, I’d rather people persue the religious life.

    I should add that Russia’s population [and many others] greatly has to do with immigration [people leaving Russia and other traditionally Orthodox Countries] but also from proslytization. I have met many Protestants in American that are planning “missions trips” to places like Russia to Proslytize and I have met many former Russian Orthodox that have converted to Protestantism. What I will say is that 9 times out of 10, those that convert to Protestantism [no offense to my protestant brothers and sisters], were not grounded in Orthodoxy but were only Orthodox by birth.

    I should also add, that Orthodoxy is on the rise amongst new converts, while Protestantism is on a deep spiral decrease [according to the statistics]. Orthodox Churches are being built substantially fast and so are Monastaries.

    In regards to the article, it puts emphisis at the intro on Old Russian believers and from what I know, they are not in communion with the Russian Orthodox Church or the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia [thou some of them have reciently come back].

    Reza

  5. 5 Reza August 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I should also note that I have 4 children, and may have more before my life is completed, so I’m not worried.


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