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June 09, 2011

The Guilt of Christianity

The Guilt of Christianity

Retired Dutch politican Frits Bolkestein offered one of the oddest bits of cultural analysis I’ve ever read in the Wall Street Journal last Saturday. Bolkestein rightly notes that embracing radical multiculturalism has rendered Europe incapable of handling radical Islam. But he then suggests this mindset is the result of guilt which comes from, get this, Europe’s Christian past.

Let’s put aside for a second that Christianity is so far in Europe’s past that it has little to no influence today. The truly bizarre idea here is that moral and cultural relativism is somehow the result of Christianity’s emphasis on moral absolutes.

Still, the strangest part may be Bolkstein’s suggestion that Europe return to its classical values – you know, the “Enlightened” ones that birthed genocide and imperialism. A better idea would be to return to the moral guidance of Christianity -- at least that ended the slave trade and birthed science.


Further Reading

How Europe Lost Faith in Its Own Civilization
Frits Bolkestein | The Wall Street Journal | June 14, 2011

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  • April 14, 2014 // 04:46 pm //  # 
    Andreas's avatar Andreas

    Denis - You’ve got to remember the clsuae in his pension contract.  He can only speak - -“Nil nisi bonum” (correct??) about the EU.As for promoting an alternative Euro-type for the filthy rich, he has worked in Brussels too long and has to meddle.  That’s one of the weaknesses/horrors of the EU.  It has to find jobs for all these nationals who have been rewarded by being made a Commissioner.  They have nothing to do so invent something.  “Mischief makes work for idle hands to do”.  Anyway as we all say in ubnison - “About time too” Mr Bolkestein

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