Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Mark Steyn on Europe's Population Decline

Columnist Austin Bay has reviewed Mark Steyn's new book, America Alone, which I will be purchasing soon. If you aren't already aware, Europe is in trouble, deep trouble. Here's an excerpt from Bay's article:

Europeans are reproducing below the "replacement rate" -- thus the average age of their populations is increasing sharply. If current trends continue, by 2050 one in three Germans and Italians will be over 65 years old. In the United States, only one in five will be so gray.

As a result, the Europe of the European Union (Steyn disdainfully calls it "Eutopia") faces economic decline and risks systemic change. Steyn writes: "Tax revenues that support the ever growing numbers of the elderly and retired have to be paid by equally growing numbers of the young and working. The design flaw of the radically secularist Eutopia is that it depend on a religious-society birth rate."
For Christians, these disturbing facts confirm the importance and relevance of the cultural mandate that was originally given to Adam (Gen. 1:22) and again to Noah after the Flood (Gen. 9:7). "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it," is a command that has never been rescinded. We neglect God's good commands at our peril.

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