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The future of christianity as a question about the future of Europe

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Friedrich Nietzsche's diagnosis of the development of European civilization compels us to recognize the question inherent in the cultural erosion of European Christianity. What will the future of a civilization look like whose original religion has lost its former power to shape society? Most of the studies that this chapter talks about are based on two fundamental realizations. For one thing, Western European Christianity, the original religion of Europe, has lost its "power of life" (Max Weber) that used to exert a decisive influence on culture and society. However, also the gods of the secular culture that have determined the history of the Western modern age to a considerable degree have turned old. Just like the fading Western European Christianity, the modern age, which has become tired of its secular convictions, is no longer sure which way to go.

Keywords: Christianity; Europe; European civilization; Friedrich Nietzsche; secular culture; Western modern age

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