The European Phenomenon and Christianity


The European Phenomenon and Christianity

project overview

July 2013
Since 2009 I have been working on my new book under the working title „The European Phenomenon (EP) and Christianity”. The European Phenomenon is the commonly used term for the exceptional dynamics of European civilization against other great cultures in the second millennium.
Four threads of discussion has been selected to untangle the problem of the EP: modern science, modern technology, market economy and Christianity. First three are the major contributors to EP but their emergence require the explanations themselves. Why here? Why then? Why at all? Attempts to answer these questions that can be found in the World History debate as well as in the other sciences constitute a good part of the book.

Christianity is the other case. It was the all-embracing cultural, ideological and religious environment which made Europe the homogenous entity well before the emergence of modern era. Therefore to comprehend fully the EP we must ask the question how Christianity influenced the emergence of these previously mentioned EP contributors: modern science, technology and market economy. The second part of the book tries to answer that question.

The work on the book has been going on but years 2011-2012 were devoted to extensive survey of world libraries holdings. At present I have been working on the chapter “The Contribution of Christianity and Church in the Emergence of Early Modern Science”. Part of the chapter has been already published in Zagadnienia Filozoficzne w nauce (Philosophical Problems in Science), 49/2011 as an article titled “Nauka i religia. Historiografia problemu (Historiography of Science and Religion). English abstract available.

The other working papers (in Polish) dealing with the problems of my book are (as of 2016):

Some of major ideas and themes of the book are included in the article titled “The Historical European Phenomenon Or How Europe Surpassed Asia. Quantitative Approach, Problems Discussed, Controversies, and Literature” (in Polish with English abstract see here). I appreciate any new comments on the article as they give me much better understanding of readers’ expectations.