The Cult Of European Personality

by Timothy Lusch

The Culture Of Faith

The Works Of Christopher Dawson 

Christopher Dawson (1889-1970), Catholic convert and historian, perhaps better than anyone else, investigated and defended the crucial role religion plays in society. More specifically and significantly, he elucidated the inseparable relationship between Christianity and Europe (and by extension the West). He took an interdisciplinary approach, bringing sociology and anthropology to bear on the question of religion and civilization. It is Dawson who argued the fundamental idea of “cult,” (that is, religion) the root of “culture,” as demonstrating faith as the foundation of culture. Nowhere is this more clearly manifested than in Europe.

Now, why should you care? Because by looking back to Dawson we see clearly what was before, what is, and what is coming. Europe today is sipping the last drops of its cultural inheritance in cafes all over the continent, while the residue of a Christian past is recast as the birthright of a secular European Union. Mass migration of Muslims, including supremacist terrorists, have arrived in Europe as we all have seen. The challenge, therefore, is announced. And unlike the medieval era, Europeans cannot meet the challenge of a supremacist Islam with the fullness of the Christian faith. Rather, they meet it in the emptiness of their espresso cups. Mere hyperbole? After the Paris attacks last year, Parisians flooded the cafes to show they were not afraid. They did not gather in churches.

Christopher Dawson saw this coming. He is a prophet from whose works you will profit.

It is the religious impulse which supplies the cohesive force which unifies a society and a culture… A society which has lost its religion becomes sooner or later a society which has lost its culture.