According to the NY Times magazine, Pope Benedict’s ambition is to bring back Europe to it’s Catholic roots. His argument according to NY times is : “Secularism may be one of the great developments in history, but the secularism that holds sway in much of the West is flawed. The mistaken conviction that reason and faith are two distinct realms has weakened Europe and brought it to the verge of catastrophic collapse'”
These are really dangerous and inflammatory words. Through the centuries the addiction to faith beyond reason has led to some of the most gory chapters of European history. From the Crusades right up to the Spanish Inquisition and beyond. Modern day thinking MUST be based on the ‘questioning individual’. One that has no blind addiction to faith but is constantly encouraged to question faith through reason and understanding. And then make up his/her own mind.
In the search for their own individuality in an increasingly complex world, people look for simple solutions. And therefore are easily led by rhetoric . Exactly the kind we blame the Islamic religious leaders for.
This is not the time for confrontation between the two most powerful faiths in the world. But time for Secularism and Reason. And who better than the leaders of each faith to promote that.
Such as the Pope himself.