Author Archives: Guido Dierickx

How to understand church history

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Bishops

image: Sebastian Niedlich (Grabthar)

Diarmaid MacCulloch is a highly respected Oxford historian and one understands why. This is indeed a very impressive scholarly performance, a comprehensive history of twenty centuries of the Christian religion in all the regions where it made its appearance, ranging from Palestine to Western and Eastern Europe, to Syria, India, China, Ethiopia. No need to repeat the praise heaped on this work by earlier reviewers. The amount and the scope of the data, and also the quality of their interpretation, are overwhelming. It certainly deserves four stars. I am withholding, though, my fifth star for the reasons that follow. Is this overview is really comprehensive? Of course it is not. A work of a mere 1150 pages is simply not sufficient to cover every development that readers might find relevant for the ulterior history of our society. Little was said about medieval Christian thinking in the areas of economics, politics, law, and science. Continue reading

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Party manifestos – Analysis

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Analysis

Analysis

In partnership with the University Centre of St Ignatius, Antwerp (UCSIA) the Jesuit European Office hosted an evening of public debate on May 13th, considering the election manifestos of four of the major political groups of the European Parliament.

We present here a set of brief assessments of the respective manifestos by Professor Guido Dierickx sj, a member of the JEO team. Continue reading

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Religion made me do it, says Hitchens

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Religion made me do it

Imagine a book that compiles all the critiques that have been marshalled against Islam and that now directs them against all the religions of all times. Then you would have something like this “God is not Great” of Christopher Hitchens. The book has made a splash in the US. And our own Flemish broadsheets also devoted much space to it: two pages in De Standaard and even three in De Morgen. Here is a very special book, one would think. And indeed, special it is. Rarely have so many thundering assertions about religion been made with so much fury and with such a weak argument. How should the faithful deal with it? Continue reading

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De Buitenkant van de Religie

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Die buitenkant

Dierickx, Guido, De Buitenkant van de Religie: een Menswetenschappelijke Rondleiding. Antwerpen-Apeldoorn: Garant 2007, 322 p.

La religion a toujours été l’objet de débats intenses et c’est toujours le cas. Cependant, vus de plus près, beaucoup de ces débats ne concernent pas le noyau de la religion mais seulement ses effets sociaux et culturels, « l’extérieur » de la religion. Il est dommage qu’il n’est pas toujours clair quelles questions concernent l’intérieur ou, au contraire, l’extérieur. Quelles questions peuvent donc être laissées aux théologiens et aux philosophes et quelles peuvent déjà être confiées aux sociologues et politologues? Il ne faut pas sousestimer le sérieux des questions qui sont du ressort des sciences sociales et humaines. Continue reading

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Le christianisme et la sécularisation

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Guido Dierickx

Guido Dierickx

Douze propositions

1. L’ évolution de la relation entre le christianisme et la société occidentale  est habituellement décrite à l’aide du concept de « sécularisation ». Celui-ci risque de mettre l’accent sur le caractère évolutioniste, unilinéaire et deterministe de cette évolution. En plus il tend à exagérer le contraste entre “jadis” et “maintenant”. Continue reading

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