If you think these things are so evil you can easily move to a developing nation and adopt a lifestyle that is centuries behind western standards. And if you read some actual history of day to day life in previous centuries and not some romantic account, I think you'll find that in many cases it is much easier to live a Christian life in our society. For instance Hoch's Serfdom and Social Control in Russia.Ziggernaut said:You are correct as far as it goes. In a "worldly" sense, we may in some ways be better off. But what about the state of our souls, you know, all that "not-of-this-world" kind of stuff which our faith, such as we have it, addresses? Are we just biological entities with no stake in the Kingdom of God? And what about the notion, not originally formulated by me, that the blessings you speak about above are driven by, amongst other things, an extreme fear of death based upon an unacknowledged lack of trust in or even total disbelief in God?