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Philosophical and Religious Sources of Modern Culture

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Edited By Jacek Grzybowski

Europe is the community of nations which, in the favorable conditions of a small yet extremely diversified continent, took over and developed the legacy of Greco-Roman civilization transformed and enriched by Christianity. Philosophy, theology, liturgy, religion, national culture and tradition are still manifestations of this heritage. Europe is not merely a region or geographical location. It is an idea that expresses cultural and social ideals. The nature of Europeanness is not defined by race or place but by freedom and culture in the broad sense. Latin Europe created a sphere of civilization. Though ridden by contrasts and differences, not merely an organic unity was established but also a unity of a spiritual kind by accentuating and merging of values all Europeans have in common. This was also made possible by Christianity whose ethos came to pervade a multiplicity of socio-cultural phenomena.

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Jarosław Babiński, born in 1974, Pelplin, Poland, catholic priest, Ph. D. assistant profesor at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski in Warsaw. Author of books and scientific articles on the theology, dogmatic and philosophy: Man theological in writings of Bishop John Bernard Szlaga, (Polish version, Pelplin 2007), Ir-Religion, (Polish version, Pelplin 2010), Physics in the service of eschatology, “Ateneum Kapłańskie”, (no 1, 2007), Modern ideologi- cal and messianic theology, “Homo Dei” (no 3, 2007), Transcendence in the physical sciences?, “Ateneum Kapłańskie”, (no. 1, 2008), Hermeneutics in terms of Odo Marquard, “Studia z filozofii Boga, religii I człowieka”, (no. 5, 2009), God is dead - Allah is alive, „Studia Oecumenica”, (no. 11, 2011), Pro- blem of ecology in teaching of John Paul II, „Studia Gdańskie”, (no 30, 2012). Deals with the influence of contemporary philosophical trends challenging the cultural heritage of the Christian, methodology issues in dogmatic theology and Christian dialogue with Islam. Maciej Bała – born in 1966 in Torun, Poland, professor of philosophy, Vice- dean of the Department of Christian Philosophy at the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski in Warsaw, a mountain climber. He is head of the Department of Philosophy of God and Religion at the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski in Warsaw. He belongs to the Société Francophone de Philosophie de la Religion, Pomeranian Society of Philosophy and Theology, Philosophy Teachers Association. He published several books on philosophy and encyclo- pedia entries: Philosophy...

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