Religion: Crisis Theologies

Century ago the most notable thing about Protestant Christianity was that most of its practitioners throughout the world were optimists who believed in progress, creature comforts, civilization. Such Protestants looked down their noses when Pope Pius IX, speaking for the Roman Catholic Church, denied that it was the duty of Catholicism to come to terms with political or religious liberalism. Today, progress is not so popular a notion, and liberalism has few friends among European religious thinkers.

Europe's theologies today are predominantly those of "crisis." designed not only for catastrophes which may...

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