The Historical Development of Christian-Catholic Humanism

  • Martin SchlagEmail author
Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 43)


We live in times of cultural and anthropological uneasiness, and, to some extent, of crisis. Unemployment, economic injustice, public debt, the civilization of death, and the demographic winter are menacing our Western civilization. Simultaneously, Christian faith, as a result of its historical development, is now capable of offering its contribution when it is most needed. We are in a kairos. The contribution of Christian–Catholic humanism does not only consist in giving “meaning” to the good we do and the evil we suffer, but it also demands conversion, transformation, a cleansing of our culture from the evil aspects in our lives. Christian humanism is a positive and strengthening injection into the life streams of our society, which joins forces with people of all religions as well as with secular humanists who do not believe but do not exclude religion from the public sphere. This humanism is capable of releasing an influx of positive energy and potentialities for the future integral development of mankind.


Catholic social teaching Humanism Historical-doctrinal developments of Christian humanism Secularism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Markets, Culture and Ethics Research CenterPontifical University of the Holy CrossRomeItaly

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