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Volume 3 of Ernest Fortin: accrued Essays discusses the present kingdom of Christianity—especially twentieth-century Catholic Christianity—and the issues with which it has needed to strive against in the course of swift clinical development, profound social swap, and turning out to be ethical anarchy.

In this quantity, Fortin discusses such themes as Christianity and the liberal democratic ethos; Christianity, technological know-how, and the humanities; Ancients and Moderns; papal social proposal; advantage and liberalism; pagan and Christian advantage; and the yankee Catholic church and politics.

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Tocqueville himself was impressed by the vibrancy of the churches in America in contrast to those of Europe and attributed that vibrancy to two factors, religious liberty or the relegation of religion to the realm of private choice and the willingness of priests and ministers to steer clear of public office. There was no more desirable solution to the church-state problem than the one for which America had opted. Separatism was the new and divinely ordained rule, and, in a democratic age, it was the only one that had any chance of success.

On that score, it matters little that in a few Western countries the Church should still enjoy state support, since the supporting state does not appear to be any less secular in its outlook. Some of our theologians are obviously of the opinion that secularization is a phenomenon over which one should rejoice rather than grieve since, 10 and behold, this is what Christianity was all about in the first place. Even if this were the case, however, and there are good reasons to think that it is not, we should still be faced with a problem, for the moral 16 Human Rights, Virtue, and the Common Good ideal in question does not appear to be anchored in any religious or metaphysical view of life capable of imparting real vitality to it.

The new alliance was clearly advantageous to both parties. By a miraculous convergence, it served the best interests of heaven and earth. The Constantinian settlement and the subsequent establishment of Christianity as the official religion of the empire brought the era of hostilities to an end and vastly augmented the Church's material resources. 3 More important, state power could now be used to suppress religious dissent and insure the triumph of the new faith by liquidating its major rivals.

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