The role of the fight against poverty in the mission of churches insecularised Europe

  • Eduardus (Eddy) Van der Borght VU University Amsterdam


In Europe, churches are no longer privileged partners of the state but contribute to public life in a way similar to that of other institutions of civil society. This article investigates the way in which ecclesial bodies present themselves in their statements in relation to the fight against poverty. More specifically it analyses two major ecclesial documents from the first decade of the twentyfirst century that seek to answer to the question as to what is the calling of the church in secularised Europe. Special attention is given to the role for the fight against poverty. The two selected texts represent two of the major Christian traditions in Europe: the Roman Catholic Church in Europe and the Communion of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE).

Author Biography

Eduardus (Eddy) Van der Borght, VU University Amsterdam
A research fellow in the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University and he holds the Desmond Tutu Chair of Youth, Sport and Reconciliation at the Faculty of Theology at VU University Amsterdam. His main research areas are socio-cultural identities and the unity of the church, ecclesiology and secularisation.
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