A Return to Christendom?

Orthodox author Rod Dreher makes a good point:

You know that I deeply want Europe to return to its Christian roots, but doing so out of purely tribal, nationalistic reasons does not give one hope that such a return would be truly Christian.

The problem for people like me is that nationalistic religion is, unfortunately, part of tradition in many places. The reason I was pleased that Brexit won is that I am almost always in favor of the local over the global. To the extent that the EU threatened local identities, cultures, and traditions, I think it was a threat to be resisted. I would love to see Western Europe’s Catholic and Protestant churches filled again, but if Europeans returned to them not out of a love of God and a longing for His presence, but because it was part of sticking it to Them (whoever “Them” may be), then I’m concerned.

The Church can survive as a national religion, and it can survive as a persecuted minority. From the perspective of faith it is not clear which is really preferable.

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5 comments

  1. Very good point. The return must be a unifying return not a divisive.

  2. “The Church can survive as a national religion, and it can survive as a persecuted minority. From the perspective of faith it is not clear which is really preferable.”

    Yep, words of wisdom there.

    1. I’m full of them!

  3. Lucretius · · Reply

    Do they follow Christ because they love Him, or do they happen to follow Christ because that’s the current direction of the spirit of the world?

    Christi pax,

    Lucretius

  4. I believe you will find that humanity will grow despite religion.

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