Katedra i szescian: Europa, Stany Zjednoczone i polityka bez Boga

Katedra i szescian Europa Stany Zjednoczone i polityka bez Boga Why do Europeans and Americans see the world so differently Why do Europeans and Americans have such different understandings of democracy in the twenty first century Why is Europe dying demographica

  • Title: Katedra i szescian: Europa, Stany Zjednoczone i polityka bez Boga
  • Author: George Weigel
  • ISBN: 9788360335109
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why do Europeans and Americans see the world so differently Why do Europeans and Americans have such different understandings of democracy in the twenty first century Why is Europe dying, demographically In The Cube and the Cathedral, George Weigel offers a penetrating critique of Europe s problem and draws out its lessons for the rest of the democratic world ContrWhy do Europeans and Americans see the world so differently Why do Europeans and Americans have such different understandings of democracy in the twenty first century Why is Europe dying, demographically In The Cube and the Cathedral, George Weigel offers a penetrating critique of Europe s problem and draws out its lessons for the rest of the democratic world Contrasting the civilization that produced the starkly modernist cube of the Great Arch of La Defense in Paris with the civilization that produced the cathedral, Notre Dame, Weigel argues that Europe s embrace of a narrow and cramped secularism has led to a crisis of civilizational morale that is eroding Europe s soul and failing to create the European future Even as thoughtful Europeans and Americans wrestle with these grave issues, many European political leaders continue to insist most recently, during the debate over a new European constitution that only a public square shorn of religiously informed moral argument is safe for human rights and democracy The most profound question raised by The Cube and the Cathedral is whether there can be any true politics any true deliberation about the common good, and any robust defense of freedom without God George Weigel makes a powerful case that the answer is No because, in the final analysis, societies and cultures can only be as great as their spiritual aspirations.

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    1. Caleb

      This book offers some good insights into Europe's past and present, tolerance, and the importance of Christianity in public. However, the Cube and the Cathedral is too much of a polemic to be anything more than a political statement. It is very much of its time, especially regarding the tensions between Europe and America in the midst of the Bush era. Weigel doesn't really engage the ideas of those that he is criticizing and his history is deceptively selective at best. A more honest book would [...]

    2. Will

      Favorable review in Nat'l Review. "Learn what happens to Europe when nothing but the Enlightenment is left."

    3. Victoria Claire

      This book critiques the culture of modern Europe, represented by the constitutional treaty that was being written in 2004 for the European Union, where the topic of controversy was the exclusion of acknowledging Christian roots. The book examines a history of ideas and traces how Europe "forgot God" at the beginning of the 20th century, resulting in the rise of atheistic humanism, where democracy, equality, and tolerance are the "virtues" of the time--but with no basis. Weigel shows just how ins [...]

    4. Christopher

      Weigel's THE CUBE AND THE CATHEDRAL is a slim collection of brief meditations on the problems affecting Europe and some possible solutions. Weigel draws together the thoughts of Robert Kagan on geopolitics, and Joseph Weiler on the continent's Judaeo-Christian heritage, and is informed by the author's own experiences with Polish history.The book takes its title from the cubiform Grande Arche de la Defense in Paris, which is often claimed in guidebooks big enough to hold the entire Cathedral of N [...]

    5. Dustin

      RECOMMENDED READING for anyone wanting to think clearly about culture and how it is shaped."It is not true, as is sometimes said, that man cannot organize the world without God. What is true is that, without God, he can only organize it against man."It was helpful (and highly recommended) to read this book alongside How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill and When a Nation Forgets God by Erwin Lutzer.It would be a tragedy to "erase" the influence, benefits, and responsibility that Chri [...]

    6. John

      This is an excellent examination of the spiritual life of contemporary Europe, its relevance to American spiritual life--written by a Catholic theologian. Weigel argues that prior to the Reformation, the seeds of human autonomy were sown--as they blossomed, they lead to the human cry for freedom from the perceived slavery of the Christian God. Europe is now bent on forgetting its Christian heritage, and is about to lose all its inheritance as the population is diminishing and about to abandon it [...]

    7. John Roberson

      Weigel pits the coldly rational impersonal culture of high humanism ("The Cube," L'Arche De La Defence) against the personal, character-filled, tradition-bound culture of medieval Christianity ("The Cathedral," Notre Dame). That architectural analogy (explored in the first couple of pages) is the high point of the book; other than that, treat it as an annotated bibliography of other authors (de Lubac, John Paul II, etc.) who are worth reading. Ultimately I think he's over-committed to making the [...]

    8. Diane

      This book deals with Europe's declining religious faith and its implications for politics in that continent. The author makes a number of good points, particularly about the role of the Catholic Church in the fall of Communism, and how that has affected Europe's public intellectuals. Although I agree with the author's conclusions overall, I felt that many of the assertions weren't supported as well as they could be. For instance, the author argues that a Europe where faith plays a more important [...]

    9. Christian Dibblee

      As far as arguments go, this is very 20,000 feet. I tended to agree with a lot of his assertions, particularly about the strange definition of "tolerance" being peddled in Europe today. He also did a good job pointing out the problem with widespread secularization, and that losing faith in core principles of truth will change how a society reacts to various factors. That said, it might have been a little more enjoyable had it been more in-depth. He certainly raises some good theories and authors [...]

    10. Rebecca

      This was one of those books that I read because it popped up on an "important conservative books that came out this year" list, but I didn't expect to really enjoy it. To my surprise, not only was it a quick read, but it was actually an enjoyable and informative one. Since the author is Catholic I didn't agree with all his viewpoints, but his points on the humanization and loss of faith of Europe not only made a lot of sense, but explained a lot of what I saw when I was there.

    11. Manda

      This was a really good look at the current situation facing European culture in regards to the conscious dismissal of Christianity. Weigal examines the causes, going back to the beginning of the twentieth century, as well as possible repercussions. The book also gave insight to the prevailing philosophies of the day, in both Europe and America. Altogether, a very interesting read that is thought provoking and well written.

    12. Axel

      Insightful summary of the intertwining of the church and state in the development of Europe. Chapters are brief like essays or articles. Skillful blend of history, government, and philosophy - he presents the rationale on both sides of church and state as seen at 1648 in Westphalia and in the forming of the constitution of the European Union. Points considered - human freedom not exhausted by personal autonomy, the worth of a human being far exceeding arguments for utility.

    13. Andy Erickson

      My brain hurts but in a good way. I may not be learned enough for this book. I had to keep open for all of his references to war, politics and people. I also used a dictionary more than I'd like to admit. Overall very challenging, slow at times and it seemed to be in the weeds at times without great flow. He seems more like a researcher than a writer. Great insight, super smart dude, I liked the book.

    14. Thomas

      Despite it's now being ten years old, this essay is still very much needed. The forces at work in Europe, predictably, are now afflicting the United States, but meeting much more resistance here. This is Weigel at his economic best, being concise, yet thorough, in warning us about the need for the transcendent, even in political life.

    15. Alan Lampe

      A really good, easy to read argument on what is happening, spiritually at least, between Europe and America. It was written in 2004 / 2005 so that needs to be taken into consideration as well. George makes a very good point that what is happening in Europe could very well happen in America by the end of the century.

    16. Jim Belcher

      I am using parts of this book for my current research. It is a terrific read about Europe's loss of morale and desire to defend its culture, democracy, and human rights. I try to read everything Weigel pens; he is the leading Catholic social philosopher today in my estimation.

    17. Marco Milloni

      Libro interessante. L'autore analizza la contrapposizione della popolazione tradizionale e religiosa contro quella laica e progressista mettendo in evidenza quanto quest'ultima sia comunque influenzata dal cristianesimo.

    18. Steve

      A nicely written essay. The chapter entitled "Two Ideas of Freedom" is especially worth reading. This chapter helps frame the whole discussion on human freedom and man's response to freedom.

    19. Teresa

      Thought-provoking so far. I feel like this book is going to lead to a lot of research on my end, because if the facts he is presenting are accurate, it is a worrisome picture.

    20. Ann

      The author makes a strong case for the fact that there can be no true democracy/political freedom without a firm moral and spiritual foundation (rooted in God)

    21. Robert

      An interesting essay describing the political/social/religious decline in Europe using an architectural metaphor.

    22. Seth

      Thoroughly enjoyed this one. If Weigel's writing has a flaw it is that he oversimplifies an extremely complex topic, but I am not sure he does.

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