Author Archives: Gil Bailie

Hostile to the very idea of human nature…

Thirteen years ago after much deliberation Gil Bailie posted the following on our old web blog. In the intervening years the cultural milieu has moved dramatically in regard to the matters of concern in this post. I am re-posting it … Continue reading

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Human Nature

“Contrary to what our nihilists and relativists tell us, there is a human nature, and its resiliency is such that it often manages to adjust to the weirdest cultural insanities.” – René Girard

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The Intoxication of Violence

“Since satisfactory answers [to the question of the meaning of human existence] have not been found apart from Christ, there is an attempt today to cancel the questions or at least to rob them of their dramatic quality. We are … Continue reading

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Only the beginning…

“As unbelievers deny [the Christian] Revelation more decisively, as they put their denial into more consistent practice, it will become the more evident what it really means to be a Christian. At the same time, the unbeliever will emerge from … Continue reading

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On the Fourth of July in 2020

My thoughts in these troubled times are sober and sobering ones. Ours is a period in history fraught with peril and uncertainty. But it has been in such times as these that our faith has rekindled itself. The world is … Continue reading

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From Faith to Politics to Gnosticism

“When mystery no longer counts,” then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said in a 1996 speech, “politics must be converted into religion.” When the Christian mysteries are lost — the loss measured most accurately by the decay into ritual triviality of the Eucharistic … Continue reading

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Mimetic Tangles

“If we project our own mimetic tangles upon society as a whole, the more entangled we are, the more rigid and tyrannical the social order will appear to us, even if, in reality, it is collapsing. To revolutionists of the … Continue reading

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Episode 6: Resentment Part 2

The second and final part of a presentation Gil Bailie gave to the Foundation for Development and Cooperation in Brisbane, Australia in July, 2003. https://storage.cornerstone-forum.org/KFBG_06_Resentment2_podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:56 — 22.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | … Continue reading

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a solitary Christian…without earthly hope

Rereading what Hans Urs von Balthasar (quoting in passing Dietrich Bonhoeffer) has written brings to mind the role that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is now performing for the Church and the world. “There are moments when a solitary Christian undergoes … Continue reading

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Episode 5: Resentment Part 1

The first part of a presentation Gil Bailie gave to the Foundation for Development and Cooperation in Brisbane, Australia in July, 2003. https://storage.cornerstone-forum.org/KFBG_05_Resentment1_podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 38:49 — 15.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | … Continue reading

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