Being Human, Becoming Human: Christian Humanism as a Foundation of Western Culture

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Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 43)

Abstract

Recent debates about human dignity and the role of religion within democratic, constitutional societies in Europe and North America demonstrate a deterioration of secularism and the need to retrieve the religious, Christian humanist roots of our culture. After demonstrating the necessity to recover a metaphysical framework for answering the question of our humanity and society’s ultimate purpose, and for regaining a synthesis of reason and faith, this chapter offers a reconstruction of Christian humanism for the renewal of Western culture based on patristic, medieval and Renaissance roots, modern theology (both Protestant and Catholic), and hermeneutic philosophy. While non-Christians share intrinsically in this ideal as those created in God’s image, the chapter concludes, that renewal of a humanistic ethos depends first of all on Christians’ living out the belief that God became flesh to make us truly human.

Keywords

Humanistic cultural ethos Habermas Religion Secularism Western culture 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity Western UniversityLangleyCanada

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