How Christianity helped cause mass migration in Europe

At Lapido Media

IN 1954 German Lutheran theologian Horst Kasner brought his wife and three young children across the Iron Curtain to take up a role in a new parish.

Nothing unusual in that – 200,000 Germans headed from East to West Germany that year – except that Mr Kasner was heading in the other direction.

They settled north of Berlin, where the churchman and his wife raised their children in a former seminary. It was in this deeply religious environment that his eldest daughter Angela grew up, beginning her long career first in academia, and after her first marriage to Ulrich Merkel, in politics.

Chancellor Merkel may go down in history as the woman who invited the world to come to Germany, and so set off the disintegration of the European Union.

But there is an overlooked angle to the story – how her religious upbringing, and the Christian culture of the continent, helped to inspire its leaders’ immigration policies.

As a Catholic I’ve come to the conclusion that our contemporary version of the faith, and the actions of our religious leaders, are actually threatening our future. The shocking Islamist murder yesterday of a priest in Normandy while he said Mass has only deepened this concern.

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Comments so far

  1. Gregory Nearing says

    I’m not convinced. By this article. Christanity also gave the reconquista, the crusades and inspired nationalism. This is the end of Christian Europe. Secular has had much bigger role in neutering Europe as well as Christanity. I have a feeling a miracle. When Is cornered with no way out, it will revive the Christian. Christanity has always been in the business of miracles. I mean no disrespect, but I see day by day more christians becoming frustrated with the current pope. And Angela Merkel? The youth communist ? Please. Europe will come back to Christanity and his father. And this war will be the trigger.

  2. Dino Cini says

    You are right and you are wrong. The role of Christianity in this goes further back. Prof.Stephen Hopgood has written a book about the roots of humanitarianism in “The Endtimes of Human Rights” and he finds that in relation to modernity in the 19th century the “old God” became to naive to believe in and many Christian groups stated looking for a “new God”. The Calvinist came up with the victim and “Red Cross” was the first child. It is around these American and European Calvinists the idea of the UN and human rights was born. Many others Christians groups also started this transformation form old mission to social mission. So, this mutation of Christianity has become “secular” and has with human rights law, social missions and the UN turn us into a theocracy with can’t see because the state is separated from the “old church” but how now been taken over by the “new church”. Hopgood thinks it will collapse and western states have to take suverenity back to the state from the UN. Europa right now is trying to defend that religion by allowing this mass migration. It will bring down the EU but also the UN and the humanitarian church. This is a reformation building up.

  3. Until liberal humanitarianism took hold as the dominant ethic in the West, the Christian church was capable of acting in ways that were realistic in response to domestic crises and threats from abroad. But it is only with the increasing secularization of society, a secularization that has adopted and appropriated what are recognized as the basic ethical guidelines of Christianity, that the church has become disarmed and toothless. What is it that changed? I would argue that what Christianity has lost today is its pagan influences. It was the paganism of Rome, along with the Old Testament, that compelled the Church to be realistic, to acknowledge that there are situations that cannot be resolved by selfless love. The early Christians had to demonstrate that their belief in agape would not destroy the workings of earthly institutions. This pagan element remained submerged in Christianity – it was often behind the accommodations to earthly power that we now so easily condemn as hypocrisy. Progressive Christianity is a Christianity that has fully digested its paganism, and the twist here is that the disappearance of paganism has produced a despiritualized religion that is capable of seeing only earthly realities and earthly needs. It has become the “opiate Christianity” of which Nietzsche spoke – the Christianity for those who lack “the strength either for searching, struggling, daring, wanting to stand alone – or for Pascalism, that brooding self-contempt, that belief in human unworthiness, that anxiety of the ‘possibly condemned.’ But a Christianity which chiefly aims to soothe sick nerves has absolutely no need of that dreadful solution, a ‘God on the cross.’”

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