Det tredelte Europa: En analyse af modernitet og kirkelig tradition i Danmark, Bulgarien og Spanien

Holm Larsen Dorthe

Student thesis: Master thesis


Christianity today is a current subject in the European Union (EU). As earlier mentioned EU has as a governing body no roots in religion and has never had never had any religious legitimacy. The European institutions has since the beginning of the European Coal and Steel Union been administrative institutions, which handle political subjects such the Internal Market and Fiscal policy. The EU has moved towards more and important area in the later years. The EU cooperation is moving to touch areas, which has significance for believers. Areas such as abortion, divorce, homosexual marriage and euthanasia, where the EU has no formal power, is being debated in the EU more. The three countries Denmark, Bulgaria and Spain have different historical and ecclesiastical backgrounds. The Danish modernity has come in stages through a longer historical period. The Danish modernity has removed the Danish Church from the central place of the Danish society. The church has no longer a religious political voice in the Danish society. The Orthodox Church on the other hand has a very central place in the Bulgarian society. The Bulgarian Orthodox church has been the binding factor in the Bulgarian society during different challenging stages. The Orthodox Church has still today a religious political voice in the Bulgarian society, even if the schools are so far are secular. There has been some modernity in Bulgaria, which is evident in the secular state and governing function. The Catholic Church in Spain has also had a very central place in the Spanish society. The base was totally different than in Bulgaria. The central place in society was defined by the power of the state and not by the people as in Bulgaria. The modernity in Spain is further ahead than in Bulgaria, but as far as in Denmark. The church has still a Dorthe Holm Larsen 3 religious political influence and their lobbying makes the state hold on the some of the Catholic values. A common ecclesiastical tradition is not like to obtain for the simple reason that the three ecclesiastical traditions strain from three different Christian directions with different Christian values. It would probably be easier for Bulgaria and Spain to find some common ground. The secular political cooperation is not going quite smoothly as the three countries are at different levels of their modernisation and the church in the three countries has different religious political influence. Subjects such as abortion, divorce and euthanasia will creates some difference in opinion. The three countries has been member of the EU for different periods of time. And it seem that the longer a country has been a member of the secular EU, the more affected the country will become of the secular views and opinions of the other states.

EducationsMA in International Business Communication (Intercultural Marketing), (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2010
Number of pages63