12 April 2006

Europe's future

I have recently read George Weigel's The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God, which is something of a meditation on the future of the old Continent in the wake of the secularizing trends of the past two centuries. Although its format — excessively short chapters in which ideas are introduced but not adequately explored in depth — is mildly off-putting, it is a good read for a rainy sunday afternoon at home. I would thus recommend it as such. For a review of Weigel's book, read Brian M. Carney's article in Opinion Journal. Then, after you've read Weigel's somewhat bleak portrait, read this article by Matthew W. Maguire: Is Paris Turning? Some Unexpected Signs of Christian Vitality in Post-Christian Europe. Europe may no longer be wholly christian — or even very christian — but the gospel's witness is still present, thanks be to God.

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