Thankfully, many maintain their faith despite this cratering and are beginning to acknowledge that Christianity will inevitably be simpler, more individualistic, and more other-worldly-focused going forward.
Such acknowledgment is no small feat, especially considering how most traditional/conventional/mainstream Christians understand, define, and view Christianity. Understandably, the acknowledgment is a bitter one. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that they have resigned themselves to the consolation that it is "better than nothing."
Most traditional/conventional/mainstream Christians yearn for a Christianity that resembles past Christianity, with all of its inherent social, political, and intellectual dominance intact. Such Christians see little "upside" in a form of Christianity that lacks some or all of these attributes.
To such Christians, I offer the following -- I know where you are coming from and sympathize to a certain degree; however, I think the implications of a "better than nothing" attitude require deeper contemplation.
To suggest that current circumstances might be "the best thing ever" would be too much for most to accept.
Yet, a simpler, more individualistic, more other-worldly focused Christianity is incontestably "the best thing given current conditions" and undeniably better than the baser, collective, this-worldly "faith communities" parading around under the guise of Christianity today.