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MARCELLO PERA teaches political philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He has been a professor of the philosophy of science at the universities of Catania and Pisa, and a visiting fellow in many universities and institutes in the United States, England, and Israel. Mr. Pera served as president of the Italian Senate from 2001 to 2006. The author of several publications on the history and philosophy of science, he co-authored a book with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) titled Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam (2005).
The intellectual and political elite of the West is nowadays taking for granted that religion, in particular Christianity, is a cultural vestige, a primitive form of knowledge, a consolation for the poor minded, an obstacle to coexistence. In all influential environments, the widespread watchword is “We are all secular” or “We are all post-religious.”