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Muslim Populations in European Societies

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 07 / October 2009.

EuroJess 2009 - image: Elaine Rudolphi

EuroJess 2009 - image: Elaine Rudolphi

Muslim Populations in European Societies – Eurojess 2009
Frank Turner

In late August, the bi-annual conference of ‘Eurojess’ (Jesuits and their colleagues working in social ministries and social sciences) met for three days to consider the above topic, in the ideal location of Granada. We sought to integrate demographic and cultural analysis, some personal testimony from Muslims and from Christians working with them, and general reflection. Continue reading

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Why Christians engage in politics

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 04 / January 2009.

Political debate

Political debate

Why Christians feel obliged to engage in politics, part II
Guido Dierickx

1. Every religion attempts to relate our daily reality to the ultimate reality that many call “God”. It does so in order that our daily reality will be transformed and healed and that man will discover a higher meaning and a deeper motivation in life. It does so by ordering the human world so that the relationship between man and God will be optimised. Society must take a “just” shape so that God’s presence in it can be revealed and welcomed. This just order will allow humans and their society to open up to God. Continue reading

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The Exterior of Religion

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 01 / April 2008.

Open door

Open door

The Exterior of Religion: a Human Sciences Perspective
Guido Dierickx

The religious phenomenon continues to stimulate fierce debates. The shallowness of many of these debates should be deplored and the book “De Buitenkant van de Religie: een Menswetenschappelijke Rondleiding” aims to upgrade their quality, well aware of the risks of this ambition. For some the book will be too friendly to religion, for others too unfriendly. Yet such an intervention in several current debates is what this book has in mind. Continue reading

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Religion made me do it, says Hitchens

This article was posted in Ignatian perspectives.
thunder and lightening

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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Le christianisme et la sécularisation

This article was posted in European Consciousness.
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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