Monday, December 12, 2005

What About Post-Christian Europe?

So what about conservatism in a post-christian Europe? If a Judeo-Christian morality structure is one of the basic requirements for conservatism to flourish, does Europe have the number of people needed to support conservative political parties? The answer seems to be no. With no basis for the rights of man being God-given, parties to the right simply become nationalistic.

Now I'm not saying that Euros have no morals. What I am saying is that the cultural ethos of religion has disappeared. When in the US the president can speak about"the better angels of our nature" (Lincoln) or a" shining city on a hill" (Reagan) the public doesn't withdraw in shock (mosty!). Tony Blair would never utter anything close to this for fear of either being laughed off the stage, or accused of promoting theocracy.

Isn't it interesting that in the countries of Europe that have promoted religion over the centuries, religion has withered. In the US, the Founders showed a bit of wisdom by keeping the state out of the religion business, allowing it to thrive.

6 Comments:

At 10:36 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Hey CH! Adding you to my sidebar right now. Welcome to the blogosphere!!

Grizzly Mama

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger Chas said...

Thanks Monica. You are my first comment post. I was a comment virgin until Grizzly Mama took care a bidness!

 
At 10:56 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

I'm old, but I'm fast!

 
At 6:45 AM, Blogger DV said...

And a big welcome from me also! I will give you a much more high profile plug later on - I'm touched by the title of your blog, and a little humbled.

 
At 2:47 AM, Anonymous Henry94 said...

This is a big question for Europe. If you add up the public service payroll vote, the welfare vote and the "communities" vote you have what looks like a clear majority against reality

 
At 7:19 PM, Blogger Skye said...

Maybe it has something to do with all those pesky religious wars that ripped through Europe.

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Isn't it interesting that in the countries of Europe that have promoted religion over the centuries, religion has withered

 

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