Christianity and democracy

Head of the research group: Tamás Nyirkos, members: Ádám Darabos, András Jancsó, research assistant: Vince Hegedűs

Our research focus is on Christianity, which keeps on playing an essential role in shaping European politics. The most obvious influence is through Christian Democracy as a set of principles and values, but also through those practices and institutions that were established in Europe during the Christian Middle Ages. A study of these principles, values, practices and institutions may contribute to a rediscovery of the Christian origins of modern Europe and provide a more solid ground for maintaining the Christian political tradition in both theory and practice.


Richard Neuhaus’ The Naked Public Square famously complained in the 1980s that modern secularized politics, a strict separation of church and state tended to eliminate religious and moral values from public discourse.