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THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST LIVES IN EUROPE

2013-09-16

Following publication of my "European Unification Into the Twentieth Century. Fading, failing, fragile?" last year I gave a number of conferences on the book and discovered how much my audiences needed to be encouraged about the profoundly Christian content of the efforts to unify Europe. In time of economic crisis and almost exclusive focus on Euro problems and austerity policies, such encouragement is necessary indeed. My recent booklet, called "DE GEEST VAN CHRISTUS LEEFT IN EUROPA" was published recently as an answer - so far in Dutch only. Europe`s unification after the Second World War was clearly and decisively influenced by the Spirit of Christ. Schuman and Solidarity completeley changed the appearance of Europe. Reconciliation-Solidarity-Unity are the threefold heritage and mission of Europe today. This mission must be understood in the light of history by studying and understanding European thought and cultural achievements in monasteries, churches, art and literature. European law especially has been deeply influenced by the spirit of Christ, when we look at our family law, civil law, criminal law and human rights law. Sad of course that many politicians today want to return to pagan habits of the past in law with respect to marriage and family. As ROmano Guardini wrote, Europe has terribly raged against itself and terribly betrayed its own spirit. The ideologies of evil in the twentieth century were rooted also in European thought and especially in the illusions about progress, the goodness of man and the force of reason. Adressed to Christian audiences, the booklet councludes with a challenge to my fellow Christians: like Schuman and Solidarnosc, we can make the difference, if only we have the courage to be a sign of contradiction and go out to witness of the spirit of Christ.



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Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau

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