In the last two decades, Europeans have grown increasingly exposed to the global market while they have experienced a rising degree of internal integration due to the creation of the European Union and the impact of the European Court of Human Rights’ jurisdiction. This transformation has caused many, both within and outside of Europe, to question the identity of Europe and the very existence of a core of principles, values, and convictions likely to be considered as the European civil religion. Following World War II, Europe developed as a single market as well as a common political and legal space devoted to liberal democracy and human rights. Can this be considered the European civil religion? If so, what is the role of religion, particularly Christianity, in this civil religion? This Article attempts to answer these questions. First, this Article analyzes the period in which developing nation-states established national churches. Second, it examines the Liberal Age, when rights and liberties were recognized as the basis of coexistence in a free democratic society without jettisoning the Christian legacy of Europe. Third, it discusses the transformation of post–World War II Europe into a secular market based on the free circulation of ideas, faiths, goods, persons, and capital.
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|Titolo:||The changing civil religion of secular Europe|
|Citazione:||Ventura, M. (2010). The changing civil religion of secular Europe. THE GEORGE WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW, 41(4), 947-961.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|