People have been known to speak of the present as "the post-Christian age," implying that just as the faiths of the Graeco-Roman world, in which Christianity first appeared, gradually lost their vitality and appeal, so now Christianity has had its day and can be written off as no longer the dominant system of thought in western countries. Without of course accepting this view, many Christians must feel that their religion is on the defensive in a way in which it has not been for centuries and that vigorous effort is needed to reconquer lost ground and carry on the work.
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