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  1. My opinion is religious. Religion was invented precisely because people could not often explain to themselves some things like-who they are and why they came to this world, and therefore the belief in the existence of an invisible all-powerful uncle in heaven and a posthumous nishtyak in the form of paradise somehow reassures, or something, instill confidence. They say that nothing depends on me, everything is under the control of higher forces.�

    With an atheistic worldview, in addition to critical thinking, it still requires some courage to face the truth and realize that you can only rely on yourself in this world.

  2. It's hard to say if I don't associate life affirmation with atheism or faith.
    A life-affirming worldview is based on natural optimism and healthy hedonism, on character traits, and not on faith/non-faith.

  3. the entire modern civilization with its achievements, successes and other benefits is built on religious faith, more specifically, on the Christian faith. The entire most developed part of the world is the area of Christianity. Yes, today the trends are such that Europe is abandoning its Christian roots, the general fashion for atheism and all that, but we are like Kozma Prutkov looking at the root, right?�

    On October 7, 2017, a joint statement of European intellectuals “A Europe we can believe in” (“Europe in which we can believe”) was released, called “Paris”. In it, the authors talk about the causes of the crisis in the political, social and cultural life of modern Europe, offering a way to overcome it. Here are some theses::

    The masters of pseudo-Europe are fascinated by the false idea of “inevitable progress.” They believe that history is on their side, and this belief makes them arrogant and arrogant, not seeing the defects of the world they are creating, where there will be no nationalities or cultures. Moreover, they do not know where the source of human morality and morality is, which, like us, they value very much. They ignore the Christian roots of Europe and even renounce them.

    Christian roots nourish Europe. This Europe proclaims the equal dignity of every human being, regardless of gender, rank or race. This also follows from our Christian roots. Undoubtedly, our meek virtues are part of the Christian heritage: justice, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, peacemaking, charity. Christianity made a “revolution” in the relationship between a man and a woman, putting mutual love and loyalty in the main place. The bonds of marriage allow men and women to achieve family happiness. Most often, we make sacrifices for the sake of our spouses and children. This spirit of self – sacrifice is another contribution of Christianity to the Europe we love.
    Then there are explanations of the negative phenomena that appeared as a result of Europe's rejection of its Christian roots and which, according to the authors, lead to the fall of Europe.


    PS “Veritas Pro Christo et Ecclesia“. Translated from Latin, this expression means – �”Truth for the sake of Christ and the Church.” At one time, these words were inscribed over the entrance to the main building of Harvard College – the first educational institution in America. The founders of the famous college / university were the first settlers of the New World. Christian pilgrims from Europe sincerely believed that they had opened the way to America, where real freedom reigned. They believed that on the “new earth” they would be able to create “a community of saints, be able to freely rejoice in the Lord and find salvation of the soul.” Economic and social considerations played a secondary role for them. The pilgrims were not afraid of the difficulties of the way. They were aware of and felt the presence of the Lord-always and everywhere, ” here and now.” And for the sake of Christ, for the sake of His holy Church, they humbly made their way, ” their salvation.” Wanderers and strangers on this earth, spiritual pilgrims to the Heavenly Land.

    Living in the perspective of Eternity did not deprive Puritans of a sense of reality. The settlers not only believed. Being very intelligent, highly educated and intellectually developed Christians, they were active. Many of them were educated at Oxford and Cambridge. And, as historians note, ” the general strategy for Puritan survival in the new environment included the desire to raise their children in the biblical spirit of moral purity.” Settling in the new conditions, migrants consciously sought to pass on their values, their culture, and their way of life through the education system from generation to generation.

    It was “For the Sake of Christ and the Church” that Harvard College was founded in 1636; it was founded on the donation of a young clergyman, John Harvard, who bequeathed his entire library and half of his fortune to create such a prestigious and now famous university. In this way, the Puritans ' sincere concern for the preservation of their beliefs and traditions was practically realized. The leaders of the displaced people made every effort to prepare competent, enlightened, intelligent ministers and teachers for their people. And the expression “For the sake of Christ and the Church” has become for many of them the motto of life.

    The time will come when, in the name of tolerance, the core of the university's motto – “Pro Christo et Ecclesia” – will be removed from it (“For the sake of Christ and the Church”). As a result, only one word “Veritas” (Truth) will remain. There will remain an orphaned truth, a truth without Christ, a truth not for the sake of the Church… �Perhaps that is why today, thinking people are warning about the crisis of secular education in America. They say that “pedagogical norms are blurred”. They talk about the loss of trust in the moral foundations of secular education and culture.

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