Category Archives: Blog

Progress, Religion, and Technology

In a lecture on the work of historian Christopher Dawson given in 1993, Russell Hittinger wrote: “From his first published work, Progress and Religion (1929), to the lectures given during the twilight of his career in America, he was emphatic … Continue reading

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Our Annual Fall Appeal – Back to School Edition

Fall has arrived with shorter days, cooler nights, the beginning of another school year…. And our annual Fall Appeal. This is our only direct request for support we make each year, and we hope it finds you safe and well … Continue reading

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Like an epidemic

“There are certain times when one sees springing up in every direction the symptoms of an evil which catches on like an epidemic … To those who are afflicted by it, everything becomes matter for denigration, and this is not … Continue reading

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Losing your head

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you …” Rudyard Kipling Is there a more a more succinct assessment of the situation we face today?

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Adam & Eve and…..Pecos Bill?

One of the frequent joys of bringing Gil Bailie’s recorded presentations from analog cassette tape into the digital world involves finding a reference to long forgotten experiences such as the following: Below is a link to the YouTube video of … Continue reading

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Following 9/11: A Prophetic Osama Bin Laden

In preparing for the In Memorium blog post earlier this month I had been rereading Lawrence Wright’s 2006 Pulitzer Prize winning book The Looming Tower – Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. In the book Wright referenced an interview … Continue reading

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A Theater of Envy – René Girard & The Bard of Avon: an Albertus Magnus Institute podcast

It is always encouraging to find others who are working to make the work of René Girard better known. Of course, sometimes the initial excitement is dimmed by finding the approach to and interpretation of mimetic theory reflects the common … Continue reading

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In memorium:

As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 news outlets, internet pundits, and all manner of social media will likely be filled with retrospectives from every conceivable angle telling us the significance of the … Continue reading

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Coda to Report from the machines…”please hold for the next available customer support representative”

Gil Bailie and I had a short conversation this afternoon with an AI ‘customer support’ assistant developed by our cell phone company to handle most of the mundane chores answering customer’s questions and facilitating simple account matters. In the days … Continue reading

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A Report from among the machines

Colloquium on Violence & Religion 2021: For over thirty years the Colloquium on Violence & Religion has held a summer conference to allow members to share their research into aspects of René Girard’s mimetic theory. Gil Bailie is one of the founding … Continue reading

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