Christians against Christian Democratic socialism?

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arapahoepark

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
Seeing how many Christian parties in Europe are to the left of free market economics, I am wondering was there been any push back or refutations when they came about? Or has the mindset 'the state and taxes should help the poor its Christian' been more predominate?
 

Edward

Puritanboard Commissioner
The main "Christian" party that I can think of in Europe is the CSU, and it is Roman Catholic. Some Catholic parties in Poland (and let's not forget Catholics in Spain), as well. Any non-Catholic Christian parties in Europe are pretty much fringe at this point. I'm trying to figure out who you are thinking about. some parties in Eastern Europe, perhaps?
 

SavedSinner

Puritan Board Freshman
The CSU (Christian Social Union) is only in Bavaria; the rest of Germany has the CDU. CSU has an "S" for Social because they did not want the dirty word "democrat" in their name. CDU/CSU came out of the old center party of the 1930s, which was Catholic, but today many Protestants are members, e.g. the Federal Chancellor, Merkel, whose father was a left-wing Protestant minister. When I think of the CSU, I think of Franz-Josef Strauss who described the Greens (who were tools of the communists) as being like tomatoes: "green today, red tomorrow"
 

arapahoepark

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
The main "Christian" party that I can think of in Europe is the CSU, and it is Roman Catholic. Some Catholic parties in Poland (and let's not forget Catholics in Spain), as well. Any non-Catholic Christian parties in Europe are pretty much fringe at this point. I'm trying to figure out who you are thinking about. some parties in Eastern Europe, perhaps?

The CSU (Christian Social Union) is only in Bavaria; the rest of Germany has the CDU. CSU has an "S" for Social because they did not want the dirty word "democrat" in their name. CDU/CSU came out of the old center party of the 1930s, which was Catholic, but today many Protestants are members, e.g. the Federal Chancellor, Merkel, whose father was a left-wing Protestant minister. When I think of the CSU, I think of Franz-Josef Strauss who described the Greens (who were tools of the communists) as being like tomatoes: "green today, red tomorrow"
What he said.
 

Edward

Puritanboard Commissioner
What he said.
@SavedSinner

To be clear, Merkel is NOT a member of the CSU. The CSU and CDU coordinate to not run against each other, and have been in coalition since re-establishment of the German government after the war, but they are NOT a single party. The CSU is a regional party, and is the successor to the pre-war Barvarian People's Party (BVP) (Which, as noted, was part of the Centre Party (or, sometimes rendered The Catholic Centre Party) . The party chief is Markus Söder. Like the CDU, the CSU is a member of the European People's Party. Barvaria is around 18% protestant.

The CDU is headed by Armin Laschet although Merkel is a member. It also had Catholic roots out of the Rhineland, but absorbed the anti-Socialist (at the time) protestants under Adenauer's leadership. I would't consider it Christian at this point.

Merkel has ruled with the support of the SPD as well as the CSU since 2013.
 

yeutter

Puritan Board Senior
In the Netherlands:
The Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij is a testimonial Reformed political party which was founded by Rev. Gerrit Heindrik Kersten. https://sgp.nl
They would seem to be the most free market friendly of the several Christian parties in the Netherlands. Them seem to advocate a robust social safety-net.
 
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