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But it is his Greek and Roman citations which I wish to elaborate on further because they provide the core meaning when we look for the actual origins of ‘ Europe ’.
She was also descended from the nymph Io, priestess of Hera in Argos , who was seduced by the Greek god Zeus.
This has been as much an issue as human rights and democracy when resistance is made to Turkey joining the European Union.
Later he does define “Western Christianity” comprising Catholicism and Protestantism as “the single most important characteristic of Western civilization” defining itself against Byzantine Orthodoxy as much as against Islam.
The decrees of Emperor Theodosius from 389 to 391 that the iron grip of religious totalitarianism really took root.The myth of Europe having Christian roots is exploded.This use of ‘myth’ is interesting because while Christianity to this day derides others as heathens, idolaters and pagans, relegating folklore and moral stories into the realms of mythology, the real myth is that Christianity somehow protected or led to the rights and freedoms which we now take for granted. The Romans were generally tolerant of different creeds and hence the empire had spiritual dynamism and vitality.Already on at symposium in Rome on the Orthodox and Catholic Churches of Europe , president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, stated,”If Europe wants to have a future again, it must first and foremost renew its Christian roots.” The greater input of Christianity into public life has also been witnessed by David Cameron and his predecessor as prime minister, Tony Blair.On , Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic, warned that the spread of secularism and atheism were “very, very dangerous” fostering intolerance and the drive towards totalitarianism in order to eliminate Christianity in the nation.