And recently David Cameron again has stated UK is a “While such idealisation of Christianity can be expected from clerics and true believers in the faith, there have been other voices who see a European identity defined through Christianity as useful even if its not actually true.Even staunchly secular anti-clerical France has not been immune from pushing the importance of faith.
Europa onto his back allowing Zeus to run into the sea and swim, with her on his back, to the island of Crete .Here he revealed his true identity, and made Europa the first queen of Crete .Just before he lost office, Scottish-born historian and political conservative Niall Ferguson calls himself “an incurable atheist” Nevertheless he is also a vocal champion for restoring Christendom because there isn’t sufficient “religious resistance” in the West to radical Islam.Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci spent her last years before her death in 2006 inveighing against a Muslim influx that was transforming her beloved continent into “Eurabia.” Fallaci was a self-declared “Christian atheist” because she thought Christianity provided Europe with the essential cultural and intellectual bulwark against Islam.‘In recent years European religious and political leaders along with leading academics have emphasised on returning to Europe’s ‘Christian’ Identity but history tells a different story that actually Europe’s historical Identity and roots has more in common with Hinduism’ : On 11 April 2011 Ex-Pope Benedict XVI accused anyone who denied Europe ‘s Christian roots of suffering from “amnesia” and said it was the equivalent of saying that humans “can live without oxygen or food”.
This was enhanced in November by the Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, who said that the Church’s Magisterium and the Christian roots of Europe are in dispensable in facing the continent’s economic crisis.
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.
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.
Yet he also mentions the “Classical legacy” which in his words included “Greek philosophy and rationalism, Roman law, Latin and Christianity”.