July 22, 2014

How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization [VIDEO]

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(May 30, 2013) In "How the West Really Lost God", leading cultural critic Mary Eberstadt delivers a powerful new theory about the decline of religion in the Western world. The conventional wisdom is that the West first experienced religious decline, followed by the decline of the family. Eberstadt, however, marshals an array of research, from historical data on family decline in pre-Revolutionary France to contemporary popular culture both in the United States and Europe, showing that the reverse has also been true -- the undermining of the family has further undermined Christianity itself. … [Read more...]

New European Union school calendar omits Christian holidays

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So we are supposed to believe that omitting the Christian holidays was a mistake? Source: Catholic News Agency | HT: Monomakhos Strasbourg, France, Jan 14, 2011 / 02:11 pm (CNA).- A 2011-2012 school calendar published by the European Union has omitted Christian holidays, while continuing to note important Jewish and Muslim celebrations. The European Union has printed three million copies of the calendar which will be distributed free-of-charge to students who request them. Former French politician and government minister, Christine Boutin, wrote in her blog Jan. 11 that the calendar leaves out Christianity, “the religion practiced or recognized as forming the cultural assembly of our ‘old’ continent.” Boutin is a consultant for the Pontifical Council for the Family, as well as president of the Christian Democratic Party in France. She went on to lament that Christianity has “fallen into the limbo of collective ignorance.” While Christian holidays such as Christmas … [Read more...]

Calls to “Resist Europe’s secularization” made at Taizé youth meeting

The Presbyterian Outlook (ENI) — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, a spiritual leader who represents Eastern Orthodox Christianity, has urged young Christians to resist secularization in Europe in a message to an ecumenical meeting that was greeted by global and regional leaders. "After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe no longer recognizes the place for Christianity that history dedicated to it — it is as if Christianity were being expelled from the history of Europe," said Bartholomeos I, the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. The patriarch made his appeal in a message sent to a five-day European Youth Meeting, organized by France's ecumenical Taizé Community in Poznan, Poland. "We wish to recall here that the identity of Europe is primarily Christian and cannot be considered without this legacy," he said in his message to the December 29 - January 2 gathering. "The secularization of Europe here takes the form of a rejection of the God of … [Read more...]