Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: Europe is dying from secularism
By RUTH GLEDHILL - TIMESONLINE
Added: Thu, 05 Nov 2009 00:00:00 UTC
The Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks of Aldgate, warned today that Europe was dying because the growth of secularism had made people too selfish to have children.
Its loss of a tolerant religious culture made it vulnerable to the advance of fundamentalism, he argued.
Comparing its decline to that of ancient Greece in the third century of the pre-Christian era, he said the answer lay in the rediscovery of the continent's Judeo-Christian religious roots.
Tolerant religion was âthe only strong enough defence with some of the religiosity that is coming our way with the force of a hurricane", the Chief Rabbi said.
âLet me be blunt. Either we win or the fundamentalists win and that is the challenge. If the fundamentalists win, I wouldnât hang around too long.â âLet me be blunt. Either we win or the fundamentalists win and that is the challenge. If the fundamentalists win, I wouldnât hang around too long.â
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