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Górny: Religion is not a private matter

“Restricting religion to the private sphere ends with it dying out,” warns Grzegorz Górny.

Górny explained that In the West true Christianity became cultural Christianity, but today it is vanishing even in that regard.

“I’ve met young Belgians who, when seeing a picture of Jesus in a crown of thorns, were unable to identify the person,” Górny recounted in an interview for Teologia Polityczna, adding that this proves that the privatization of religion is a stage in the process of it dying out.

“I’ve met young Belgians who, when seeing a picture of Jesus in a crown of thorns, were unable to identify the person”

The journalist referred to Max Weber’s theory that societal religiousness decreases as technology, economy and education increases. Górny argued that this theory is not as straightforward for all regions of the world, as the United States is one of the most religious Western societies and yet it sees a constant shift in religiousness.

“Secularization is not a linear, one sided and irreversible process. It has its phases and dynamics,” he said. He also gave the example of South Korea as a country where religiousness goes hand-in-hand with technological development.

Górny stressed that for Christianity not to fade away in the Western world, it cannot resign from its missionary traditions; from entering the public forum, otherwise it will lose its own identity: “I am convinced, that there is no way for the Church other than to reach outside through personal testimony of faith,” he said.

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