Det kristna Europa och gemenskapens gränser : Novalis Europatanke och samtiden

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Abstract

The article investigates the notion of 'Christian Europe' by tracing some of its ideological roots. In particular, it engages with the Romantic era of German philosophy. If the idea of Europe from its very earliest stage was closely linked to Christianity, this gesture also became an important element in the attempts of a number of Romantic poets and philosophers to seek the foundations for a new universal order predicated on the spiritual evolution of humanity in general and of Christianity in particular. Most explicitly and with unsurpassed poetic power, this gesture is expressed by Novalis in his famous tract Christendom or Europe, written in 1799 and published posthumously only in 1826. The tract has ever since been an important reference point in both political and philosophical endeavors to define Europe as an exclusively Christian civilization. In order to do justice to Novalis, however, it should be underlined that his tract is driven by a truly cosmopolitan and explicitly anti-nationalist spirit. Nonetheless, as is argued in the article, the text contains a number of structural features that are problematic by virtue of revealing a larger pattern in the self-image of Christian Europe. In the third and final section, the author connects these structural features to the present debate, aiming at a critical assessment of any indiscriminating acclamation of Europe as a Christian civilization.

Detaljer

Författare
Externa organisationer
  • Stockholm school of theology
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Religionsvetenskap
  • Filosofi

Nyckelord

Originalspråksvenska
Titel på värdpublikationTid för Europa? : gemenskap, minne, hopp
RedaktörerJonna Wittrock
FörlagDaidalos
Sidor61-78
ISBN (tryckt)978-91-7173-374-0
StatusPublished - 2012
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördNej
Externt publiceradJa