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Christians and Democracy: Challenges, Chances and Obligations

Drago ŠIMUNDŽA ; Splitsko-makarska nadbiskupija; Split, Hrvatska

Puni tekst: hrvatski, pdf (6 MB) str. 267-283 preuzimanja: 347* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
ŠIMUNDŽA, D. (1996). Demokracija: izazov, šansa i obveza za kršćanina. Bogoslovska smotra, 66 (2-3), 267-283. Preuzeto s
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ŠIMUNDŽA, Drago. "Demokracija: izazov, šansa i obveza za kršćanina." Bogoslovska smotra, vol. 66, br. 2-3, 1996, str. 267-283. Citirano 27.09.2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
ŠIMUNDŽA, Drago. "Demokracija: izazov, šansa i obveza za kršćanina." Bogoslovska smotra 66, br. 2-3 (1996): 267-283.
ŠIMUNDŽA, D. (1996). 'Demokracija: izazov, šansa i obveza za kršćanina', Bogoslovska smotra, 66(2-3), str. 267-283. Preuzeto s: (Datum pristupa: 27.09.2020.)
ŠIMUNDŽA D. Demokracija: izazov, šansa i obveza za kršćanina. Bogoslovska smotra [Internet]. 1996 [pristupljeno 27.09.2020.];66(2-3):267-283. Dostupno na:
D. ŠIMUNDŽA, "Demokracija: izazov, šansa i obveza za kršćanina", Bogoslovska smotra, vol.66, br. 2-3, str. 267-283, 1996. [Online]. Dostupno na: [Citirano: 27.09.2020.]

Speaking of Christian opportunities and obligations in a new system, they do not allow us to forget the radical factor: temptations and challenges that are set in front of us. Therefore, three key words determine three parts of our explication: challenges, opportunities and obligations.
1. Democracy is a social political system, pluralistic and tolerant, religious - neutral, but considering religion and religious life it is very challenging and demanding.
Along with many advantages it includes within itself certain temptations and weaknesses.
It has a concrete tendency with secular options, without firm ethic criteria. They do not base them on it ontologically but on sociological unstable foundations. Considering historical criteria, it is an explicit catalyst of secular tendencies and orientations, hedonism and subjectivity.
2. However, democracy is not only temptation for Christians and Church but also a great opportunity. It is as challenging as stimulative. Obviously it is unequivocal in its principles and in exact situations:
a) in freedom of activity and new ranges of work
b) in contemporary forms of pastoral and apostolate
c) in public as a special opportunity
d) in a possibility of promoting and confirmation of Christian options in public and private level, in social informing, cultural and political life.
3. On the other hand - and in this application it is very important to stress - both the challenges and opportunities have different faces and different names: obligations. They achieve them both through personal testimony and common pleading, and private and official well-organized action.
In few words, they give chances offered us in the way of obligations, in fact as a duty. For democracy is very provocative and demanding; it provokes and offers but gives nothing as a reward and demands initiative and enterprise: serious programmes and plans, order and work, organization and action.
Whoever fails to conceive this, changes taking place and new democratic chances are in vain.

Ključne riječi
democracy; society; Church; challenges of democracy; fellowship's obligation in democracy

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