Author Archives: Gil Bailie

Secularized Messianism

In the middle of the last century, Hans Urs von Balthasar worried that the West was “preparing highly developed civilizations for a degenerate materialistic and nihilistic form of Western thought, which expresses the resentments of the inventors of this secularized … Continue reading

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A Glimpse of Paradise…

One of the most glorious sights in the world is a wide, beaming smile of someone who has a missing front tooth. It is a glimpse of the human condition, both fallen and redeemed. The only lasting crown is a … Continue reading

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The deritualization of social life …

“The deritualization of social life invites struggles for power. Far from being an enlightening process, the destruction of ritual in Western culture is a major symptom of its demonic character, opening up the possibility of some persons feeding themselves on … Continue reading

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Faith has set its mark on history…

Hans Urs von Balthasar, quoting Reinhold Schneider: “Faith has set it mark on history to such an extent that man has no longer any other choice than that of being a servant or an enemy of the faith, one cannot … Continue reading

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No Worse Fate

“Surely no worse fate can befall a people, and thereby the world, than the rule of a man who is secretly resolved to destroy himself, whether consciously or unconsciously. There is virtually nothing that can stop him from generating death. … Continue reading

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The Frankfort School and Critical Theory . . .

Max Horkheimer was a German philosopher and sociologist and leader of the famous Frankfort School where Critical Theory was born. Since the West is now awash in the residue of that toxic brew, we are indebted to Bradley A. Thayer … Continue reading

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Self-proclaimed eccentrics …

The Polish philosopher Ryszard Legutko points out an irony that can hardly be lost on anyone seriously observing contemporary affairs: “Once eccentricity became the fashion or the norm, it unleashed a wave of collectivism, not creativity. Throngs of self-proclaimed eccentrics … Continue reading

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Social Agitation and Spiritual Upheavals

Writing of the cultural and spiritual situation at the beginning of the last century, Henri de Lubac has aptly captured our present situation: “In the misleading calm that marked the last years of the liberal period, before the era of … Continue reading

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When earthly certainty sees decline and doom as inevitable …

“[The power of faith] becomes most visible where the secular power begins to dwindle, where earthly certainty sees decline and doom as inevitable. It is here that its line intersects the sinking human curve and draws up out of it … Continue reading

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The Theodrama

“The Holy Spirit reveals to each age that side of the divine truth which has been specially reserved for it, if the age strives for it in prayer. And this truth does not then lie in some out-of-the-way corner that … Continue reading

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