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Category: Europa

EUROPE, YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW (an essay by Professor Virgil Nemoianu)

   Let us begin by clarifying our terms, which is not always easy. I would describe Europe as a peninsula of the enormous Afro-Asian landmass, blessed with a favorable climate, a variety of relief forms, a rich ethnic diversity, abundant natural resources, and advantageous historical circumstances. This peninsula acquires a distinct identity around AD 500-1000 and plays a central role in human history for about three centuries, let us say approximately between 1650 and 1950.  In other words, I maintain that it is erroneous and excessive for Europe to co-opt the… Read more EUROPE, YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW (an essay by Professor Virgil Nemoianu)

Amo, Amas, Amat: Christianity and Culture (by Robert Wilken)

Last spring on a trip to Erfurt Germany, the medieval university town famous for the Augustinian cloister where Martin Luther was ordained to the priesthood, I learned that only twenty percent of the population professed adherence to Christianity. When the topic of religion came up in a conversation with a young woman in a hotel lounge I asked her whether she was a member of a church. Without hesitation she replied:Ich bin Heide. I am a heathen. It is hardly news to discover pagans in the heart of western Europe where… Read more Amo, Amas, Amat: Christianity and Culture (by Robert Wilken)

DECLIN DEMOGRAFIC EUROPEAN

Thomas Malthus (1766–1834) s-a înşelat amarnic. În locul suprapopulării decompensate financiar, avem o criză demografică generalizată în tot spaţiul nord-atlantic. Creştem dar nu ne înmulţim. Absenteismul pruncilor din băncile de date şi pupitrele şcolare reprezintă unul din semnele „integrării” ţărilor est-europene în dinamica societăţilor occidentale, în contrast radical cu tot ceea ce se petrece în Africa ori Asia Centrală. România, alături de Polonia, Ucraina sau Bulgaria, figurează astăzi în „topul” naţiunilor cu natalitate descendentă. Cauzele sunt multiple: trauma post-comunistă, angoasa tranziţiei (1989-2007), etosul contraceptiv al noii culturi de consum. Transformările… Read more DECLIN DEMOGRAFIC EUROPEAN

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