Christianity and democracy

Head of Research Group: Tamás Nyirkos Members: Ádám Darabos, András Jancsó

Our research explores Christianity’s role in shaping European politics. The most obvious influence is through Christian Democracy as a set of principles and values, moreover those practices and institutions that had been founded in Europe during the Christian Middle Ages. A study of these principles, values, practices and institutions  contribute to the rediscovery of the Christian origins of modern Europe  providing a more solid ground for maintaining the Christian political tradition in both theory and practice.

28/07/2021

In the scientific literature, the examination of Christian democracy generally belongs to the researcher interested in the history of politics; the Christian democratic movement, the parties, or its leaders are in the focus of a historical elaboration, and Christian democracy is rarely analyzed as a distinct political ideology. Partly this theoretical niche prompted Carlo Invernizzi Accetti (2019) to write a monograph on the question entitled What is Christian Democracy? Politics, Religion and Ideology. This article offers an overview – mainly based on Invernizzi Accetti’s arguments – on the principles of Christian democratic ideology

28/02/2021

We are often told that the world is more peaceful today than it ever was. The number of wars – especially that of “classic”, inter-state wars – is significantly lower than at any point in human history, and if ordinary people think otherwise (so the argument goes), they are simply misled by the tension between their pacifist expectations and the violent image of the world presented by today’s global and often sensationalistic media.

31/01/2021

Christian realism is a crucial phenomenon of modern political thought. Although several authors can be termed as Christian realists (e.g. John C. Bennett or Robin Lovin), there is a consensus in the scientific literature that “Reinhold Niebuhr was the most important voice of this movement” (Lovin, 1995, p. 2).

29/07/2020

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.