A harmless church

When churches look like this, I like them.

Kirche kaputtNobody is being indoctrinated here anymore. Nobody is being preached hokum here anymore. No longer does a medieval organization attempt to influence life and politics from here. No longer is this a place where people waste their time every Sunday and leave with their pockets emptied.

But this is an exception in Romania. All over the country, bombastic and mostly Orthodox churches are being built. Even in the smallest villages, devoid of schools, doctors, streets and sometimes even a shop, churches the size of cathedrals are being erected. Reportedly, every three days a new church is completed. Among other sources, this is funded by taxpayers, including those with a different or no religion at all. Obviously, that money is missing somewhere else. – If you ask me, I would use the money to upgrade the Romanian railways instead.

(I took this photo during a hike from Targu Mures to Miercurea Nirajului in Romania. – Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels.)

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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8 Responses to A harmless church

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  2. vidavidav says:

    You surprised me Andreas. As I moved to Germany I found out that church plays a significant role in daily lives here. I thought it is an integrated part in every German as they even have pre kindergarten play groups in churchs here!

    • I, on the other hand, find Germany a relatively secular country.

      It’s true there are kindergarten groups run by churches, but you don’t need to be religious to attend them and it doesn’t usually influence people’s belief. I went to a church-run kindergarten for 3 years and I wouldn’t even know if it was Catholic or Protestant. And obviously, I am an atheist.

      When you go to an actual service in a church, I would be surprised if you find a lot of people below the age of 45 (unless there is a special event like a baptism). Many churches have closed down for lack of demand and they aren’t even finding enough priests. Many churches are being sold off for apartments, libraries and indeed mosques.

      Also, religion is usually a non-issue in public debate. Even ethical and moral debates are hardly fought with religious arguments, unlike in many other countries.

      Lastly, nothing would be “an integrated part in EVERY German”, as a population of 80 million people in a free and liberal country in the center of Europe is naturally much more diverse than the population in more closed societies or smaller countries.

      • vidavidav says:

        Still comparatively I find church taking a much more active part in DE in daily peoples lives than for intance in my home land. But I agree, it does not mean it really plants a living faith in peoples hearts rather then rituals as part of socialising. On the other hand rediscovering a living vibrant connection with god is typically the task of etwas older people. Its normal. As teens we start to believe in us above all gods :-D :-D :-D: :-D :-D

      • For the sake of everyone, you should mention what your home land is.

        I think this non-indoctrinizing, non-political approach by churches in Germany (in contrast to some of the Orthodox churches in Eastern Europe and Russia for example) also helps them to be accepted/tolerated by atheists like me. I wouldn’t cooperate with any Russian or Romanian orthodox church because of their one-sided political support to parties which I don’t support, but when a Catholic or a Protestant church in Germany runs a refugee shelter, I have no problem going there to volunteer. And I should add, they never had any problem with me although I am a very outspoken atheist.

        And then it also depends on the region of Germany. The East is much more atheist for example, as are bigger cities usually. The further south, the more religious (and more Catholic).

      • vidavidav says:

        I have no experience with RO church but from what you are telling I am from a completely different Eastern EU country. I am used that church is a complete outsider of the society. In all meanings of this word. And no relations to political parties as far as I know. And no participation in social life of any kind. Except funerals usually.

      • I believe my readers might benefit from knowing which country you are from.

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