‘I couldn’t pretend any more’: readers on why they left the Christian faith, The Guardian, Dec 2, 2022. Readers respond to the census finding that England and Wales are now minority Christian countries
Are we learning anything yet? Another survey that reinforces the decline in the belief in Christianity. As with similar surveys, the results are unlikely to lead to a realization by most that the messengers are not communicating the right message. How about considering a new perspective, e.g.,
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12: 2, NIV).
Variability is an integral element of God’s design for man and nature, e.g., everyone and everything will always be unique – one of a kind. Variation represents the gap between “perfection” – where all needs are met, and the current situation. The Christian message can be reduced to just a few words: “ It all has to do with reducing variation.”
The quality profession, which supports a secular approach to improvement, has identified through the Taguchi Loss Function that reducing variation from the ideal (more perfect) results in better quality and lower costs to the individual and society. The hypothesis can be validated through a simple question:
Do you want better quality at a lower cost or the same level of quality at a higher cost?
The dilemma for the non-believers is that if you no longer believe in Christianity, will you still expect better quality?