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Abstract

This booklet offers a general overview of the challenges that Christians face in front of the new global ethic that has imposed itself since the end of the cold war. A global cultural revolution took place immediately after the fall of the Berlin wall. New words, paradigms, norms, values, lifestyles, educational methods and governance processes, belonging to a new ethic, spread globally and have by now won the day. The ethical system we are facing is new in the sense that it is postmodern and, in its radical aspects, post-Judeo-Christian. It is, in addition, globally normative: it already rules most of the world’s cultures. The tendency of the majority of intellectuals and decision-makers has been to follow the new norms without carefully analyzing their origin and implications, while an ever smaller minority has been reactionary. Discernment has not been made.

The content of the new culture is not self-evident. Under the guise of a “soft consensus”, the global ethic hides an antichristic agenda rooted in Western apostasy and driven by powerful minorities at the rudder of global governance since 1989. The specificity of the Christian kerygma is seriously at stake. A number of Christians already confuse the paradigms of the new culture with the social doctrine of the Church. The danger of Christian alignment with the new ethic is particularly real in the developing world now confronting head on the effects of globalization. On the other hand, Christians cannot put in doubt God’s providential guidance of world events. They are called to discern the signs of the action of the Holy Spirit in the new culture and to evangelize it, thereby offering an alternative to postmodern deconstruction.

Ignorance of the real stakes - be they socio-political, cultural or anthropological and theological - is abyssal. Ignorance, however, is always a bad adviser. A serious study of the global cultural revolution, both as content and as process, is in order to enable Christians to exercise their responsibilities. Such an effort belongs to the Church’s mission of evangelization.