"In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that-and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison- you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you."
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
...which prompts this question: Is the decline of Christianity in the West directly related to the inculcation of pride in people as a virtue (the cult of the self), or is the latter phenomenon directly related to the decline of Christianity?