Old Thunder On The Current Storm

by Timothy Lusch

On The Fate Of The Faith In Europe

Survivals and New Arrivals by Hilaire Belloc

Brexit, Grexit, and the EU oh my! What is with Europe these days? From the looming vote on Britain leaving the European Union, Greece teetering on the edge of leaving under the double weight of EU imposed economic austerity and its own socialist nanny state, to an emptying of the churches and the often contradictory results of French secularization, it is clear in all the muck that Europe is in an existential convulsion. The schizophrenic responses by politicians and populace lead one to consider what Europe is or can be without the faith of its founding. Long known as Christendom, Europe benefitted from many kingdoms under one faith. Like siblings, they rarely got along. But out of the wellspring of faith, despite the wars and the bickering, came the glories of European art, literature, music, philosophy, technology and the principle of individual freedom. The decline of Christianity in Europe creates a vacuum that the vacuousness of multiculturalism and secularism cannot fill. And so what of Europe’s growing engagement with Islam?

Hilaire “Old Thunder” Belloc, historian, writer, sailor, raconteur and friend of that enormous personality, G.K. Chesterton, was a pugnacious purveyor of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.  Known for such important books as The Path to Rome and The Servile State, Belloc, ever the clear sighted Catholic, warned of a Europe without the Faith. He also warned of what might fill the void.

“We shall almost certainly have to reckon with Islam in the near future. Perhaps if we lose our Faith it will rise.”