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By Diogenes (articles ) | May 11, 2006

More on European nihilism, and fanaticism, from George Weigel:

The alternative approach to Europe's future was graphically on display last August upon the death of Robin Cook, the former British foreign secretary (and critic of the Iraq war). The funeral service was held in the historic "High Kirk" of Edinburgh, St. Giles, and led by Bishop Richard Holloway, the erstwhile Anglican primate of Scotland, who some years ago wrote a book attempting to reconcile his readers to what he termed the "massive indifference of the universe." Holloway later described the funeral in these words: "Here was I, an agnostic Anglican, taking the service in a Presbyterian church, for a dead atheist politician. And I thought that was just marvelous."

So the question is: will post-Christian Europe succeed in turning its corpse to stone before Islam succeeds in thrusting a scimitar through its heart? The future of the Cannes Film festival hangs on the outcome.

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  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2006 5:07 PM ET USA

    Lorenz, You are drawing the wrong inference. Weigel is saying that at the root of many (certainly not all) who oppose the Iraq War is a universal skepticism that has begat nihilism. And, to be correct, the term "neo-con" refers to those who used to be on the Left who turned against the Left (usually communism). I don't think you can fairly place Weigel in that camp. There is an isolationist conservative that is at odds with the Weigel group, but neo-Con is a sloppy, overloaded semantic term.

  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2006 1:06 PM ET USA

    I agree with the premise of this post and with all the comments. However, the neocon in him just could not leave out the "critic of the Iraq war" sneer. Like everyone who criticizes the Iraq war is somehow complacent in this madness. I wonder how he works out how the pope and many other intelligent Orthodx Catholic religious and lay oppose the war as well as the de-Chrisitanization and subsequent Islamization of Europe.

  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2006 7:59 AM ET USA

    John, "a professional pilot who doesn't believe in the principles of flight" would be considered criminal it he were to pose as the responsible party on an airplane in flight. However, we are talking about assuming some responsibility for souls in the case of Bishop Holloway, and it appears that such consideration is of relatively little importance to the bishop (or many of his flock). At least, it appears, there is a sentimental attachment to the trappings of "church". Ora pro nobis!

  • Posted by: Quadratus - May. 12, 2006 2:34 AM ET USA

    Let the dead bury their dead. Islam did not loose anything to the Crusaders, by the time the last crusade failed Islam had recovered all it lost. Three hundred years later Islam conquered Constantinople and went on the conquer the Balkans. Christianity never recovered its own cradle. Anatolia, Palestine, Levant and Northern Africa were lost forever. I agree, today Islam is on the march, and Europe is their target, thanks to the Europeans self inflicted genocide.

  • Posted by: Patrick461 - May. 11, 2006 8:40 PM ET USA

    Despite the pervasive loss of faith in much of Europe, I am still taken back by Holloway's remark. He essentially is making fun of his own religion and either is unaware of it or doesn't care.

  • Posted by: JARay - May. 11, 2006 6:37 PM ET USA

    Indeed Centurion! I too believe that a conflict is coming and it is not very far away.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 6:15 PM ET USA

    How can one be an "agnostic Anglican"? Or an agnostic priest/minister/rabbi anything? Is that like a professional pilot who doesn't believe in the principles of flight?

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2006 3:41 PM ET USA

    Pray for peace, but prepare for conflict. Islam is sending out signals that it wants to reclaim all it lost to the Crusades. Christians have already lost the will to assert Christ's mesage. Wake up calls are in order.