Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Christophobia in Europe

In The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God, George Weigel asks some penetrating questions about the antagonism to Christianity within European public life, including the following question:
Why are so many European public intellectuals “Christophobic,” as international legal scholar J.H.H. Weiler (himself an observant Jew) puts it? Why are crude caricatures of Christianity (the Eucharist mocked on television as a ‘religious snack,’ Christ on the cross depicted as a dispenser of toilet paper) tolerated in European popular culture in a way that similar defamations of Judaism and Islam would never be? Why did so many of Europe’s political leaders insist that the new constitution for Euyrope include a deliberate act of historical amnesia, in which a millennium and a half of Christianity’s contributions to European understandings of human rights and democracy were deliberately ignored – indeed denied?
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