Author Archives: Gil Bailie

Liberation

Every revival of paganism involves a lessening of intellectual vigor, or, at best the substitution of a formal intellectual virtuosity for a more substantive and productive exercise of intelligence. On the contrary, each new step in the on-going discovery of … Continue reading

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Freedom

Some thoughts to keep in mind as we prepare to celebrate the 241st anniversary of the birth of the United States of America this July 4th…   Premodern philosophers viewed freedom as a prerequisite of human virtue. … Freedom is … Continue reading

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More on the Epistemology of Faith . . .

During his 40 days in the desert, Jesus was tempted to do things that would make the truth of his claims and the meaning of his existence irrefutable. He declined. His followers down through the centuries have sometimes tried to … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on The Common Good, The Catholic Church and The World…

“The common good requires that we offer to all what Revelation has given us—and has given us to comprehend. Today, intelligence becomes a duty of charity. It is up to us, to us and to no one else, to transmit … Continue reading

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Message in a bottle….

Ten years ago Gil Bailie spent time reading University of Pennsylvania scholar Philip Rieff’s works with the following results… To Whom It May Concern: [To European culture today — while it can still be spoken of in the singular — … Continue reading

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A Look Back At – Tradition

          The word “tradition” and the word “treason” come from the same root. The very name “modernity” self-consciously used to describe the period of the last several centuries in Western cultural history clearly exemplifies the spirit … Continue reading

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No Father…No Family…No Faith

Some years ago, a friend of mine and I collaborated as part of a Lenten series of presentations at a Catholic parish here in Sonoma, California. One thing that my friend said had a great impact on me and on … Continue reading

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A Remedy for Sentimentality

  A decade ago Elizabeth Bailie, Gil Bailie’s wife, was called from this life to the next. Her passing has left those who know her with both a sense of loss and tremendous gratitude for the gift of her life. … Continue reading

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Logos

As I have often said from the podium, it helps to clear away the “spirit of the age” clutter to ask: Why are we here? Or: What are humans for? Now that I’ve violated the one grammatical principle that I … Continue reading

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Sign of the Times – 10 Years on

    In an article published January 6th 2007 in The Washington Post there appeared a story about the latest wrinkle in the eugenics revolution: A Texas company has started producing batches of ready-made embryos that single women and infertile … Continue reading

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