Triannial ET Conference
Religion and the European Project: Theological Perspectives
From Twilight to Night to Dawn:
(Re)discovering the Beauty of Catholicism for Contemporary Europe
This article argues that for Europe to truly break through the deadlock produced
by the loss of the ideology of progress, it needs to (re)discovery its roots –
Catholicism. Catholicism can pull Europe from the twilight of secularisation,
through the darkness of vague religiosity, towards the dawn of religious
commitment, as it offers a (re)connection with what is real. This in turn breaks
open the space needed for spiritual, intellectual and moral creativity and joy.
Catholicism is able to hold together identity and openness, conviction and
humility because it is connected to the whole of life and rooted in the spiritual,
and yet concrete, relationship of a people with God through Jesus Christ.