Christianity and Pluralism in the Post-Christian West

March 19, 2024

RFI’s Senior Fellow for Europe Todd Huizinga recently wrote an essay for The European Conservative on “Christianity and Pluralism in the Post-Christian West” in which he argues that, “In spite of all the apparent counterevidence, we Christians must support political pluralism because of our faith and our experience.” Huizinga writes:

As the traditions, beliefs, and customs that have upheld our Western societies erode before our very eyes, our pluralist political systems are becoming ever more dysfunctional. Freedom and justice seem ever harder to come by. A dictatorial, intolerant, militantly secularist progressivism forces ever more injustice and unfreedom upon us in manifold spheres of life, disguised behind labels such as ‘social justice’ and ‘the right to choose.’ Words and language are manipulated to distort reality, as in the case of ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion.’ In order to avoid being canceled or shunned, most people feel forced to use these dishonest terms in everyday conversation. Christians, traditionalists, and other people of faith are accused of being bigots because they do not support the delusional ideologies behind identity politics, death with dignity, gender fluidity, and the other novelties of an age in which, in their rage against reality, people live in fictions created according to their own desires.

Why should Christians parrot the politically, socially, and culturally correct bromides about the virtues of democracy, diversity, and pluralism, and thereby grant political power to people who are decidedly opposed to the Christian faith? To me, the answer is clear, in spite of all the apparent counterevidence: we Christians must support political pluralism because of our faith and our experience.

Our faith does not teach us that we are better than those who do not share our beliefs. To paraphrase Martin Luther, though we are saints, we remain sinners at the same time. We are not exempt from the corruption, foolishness, and arrogance from which arises the lust for power.

Read the full article: “Christianity and Pluralism in the Post-Christian West.”