Religion: Meet Christophobia

In his book The Cube and the Cathedral, George Weigel turns to Joseph Weiler‘s ‘Christophobia’ theory to discuss the ‘European problem’ (or the struggle for cultural and moral supremacy between atheistic humanists (secularists) and Christians).  ‘Christophobia’, which resists any acknowledgement of the Christian sources of Europe’s democracy, has eight key features, as outlined by Weigel, which include, in no particular order:

  1. The notion that the Holocaust and other 20th-century European genocides are the logical outcome of Christianity’s inherent racism.
  2. The ‘1968 mind-set’ – the youthful rebellion against traditional authority and Europe’s traditional Christian identity and consciousness.
  3. The psychological and ideological denial of the non-violent revolution of 1989, which, according to Weiler, was deeply and decisively influenced by Christians in central and eastern Europe, preeminently by Pope John Paul II.
  4. The continuing resentment of the dominant role once played by Christian Democratic parties in post-World War II Europe.
  5. The habit of associating Christianity with right wing political parties, which are the parties of xenophobia, racism, intolerance, etc.
  6. The resentment towards Pope John Paul II among secularists and anti-Catholics.
  7. The distorted teaching about European history which stresses the Enlightenment roots of the democratic project to the virtual exclusion of democracy’s historical cultural roots in the Christian soil of pre-Enlightenment Europe.
  8. The resentment of the ‘1968 mind-set’ generation that their children have become Christian believers.

Source: Weigel, George.  The Cube and the Cathedral.  Basic Books: New York, 2005. Pgs. 73-77.

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