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Is Europe Christian?

Olivier Roy Cynthia Schoch



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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
01 September 2019
European history; Religion & beliefs; Christianity; Religious & theocratic ideologies
Are Europe's 'Christian values' under threat? Can religion be a pillar of identity and culture? What will be the fate of Christianity in Europe?

In this short but bracing book, Olivier Roy traces the Church's long battle against a tide of secularization in Europe. Since the Enlightenment, religion has been losing ground as the source of moral norms. But while the question of truth was contested, Christian values continued to define law and social life in even the most secular and anti-clerical countries--until the 1960s. Ever since, the Church has been swept into a new war of values, reduced to struggling over abortion and same-sex marriage. Mired in scandal, the Church's authority is crumbling, while populist demands pave the way for the final secularization of religion as part of 'national culture'.

From one of the most acute observers of our times, 'Is Europe Christian?' represents a persuasive and novel vision of religion's place today.
By:   Olivier Roy
Translated by:   Cynthia Schoch
Imprint:   C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 190mm,  Width: 126mm, 
ISBN:   9781787381902
ISBN 10:   1787381900
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   01 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Olivier Roy is Professor at the European University Institute in Florence. He is the author of several highly acclaimed books on political religion, five of which are published by Hurst.

Reviews for Is Europe Christian?

'Roy's book is both complex and powerful, detailed without ever losing sight of the big picture, and full of telling illustrations. It represents a novel vision of the crisis in secularism brought about by its final absorption of religion in national life.' -- Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History, University of Oxford, and author of 'Muslim Zion' 'Rivetingly, this unsurpassed authority on the politics of contemporary Islam turns to elucidate the tensions surrounding Christian morality, the scandal of clerical paedophilia, the libertarian individualism that has spread since the 1960s, and caricatural claims to a Christian European identity.' -- Jonathan Benthall, Director Emeritus, Royal Anthropological Institute

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