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Contemporary Europe and European Union Study Groups

The Populist Paradox: How the Promotion of Christian Identity by European Populists Contributes to Secularization


February 1, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
February 1, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Video recording 1h:41m

The promotion by populists and conservative movements of Europe’s "Christian identity" does not correspond to an increase in Christian religious practices in Europe. Furthermore, it runs against what the churches consider to be Christian "values". The populist electorate has de facto internalized liberal societal values (sexual freedom, for example). Through the "folklorization" of religious markers such as nativity scenes, populist leaders deprive them from any religious spirituality.

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