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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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Vaccination

“It is evident that Christianity, however degraded and distorted by cruelty and intolerance, must always exert a modifying influence on men’s passions, and protect them from the more violent forms of fanatical fever, as we are protected from smallpox by … Continue reading

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Sacrificial subjects

“While regretting the absence of great figures in our time, we must not forget the army of those nameless ones who suffer in silence, who have offered, and are still offering, a burnt sacrifice that is generally overlooked, in war … Continue reading

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Theater of War

We still speak of the “theater of war” even though all but the last vestiges of what our ancestors and forebearers instinctively enacted on the battlefield – the ritual of warfare – have all but disappeared, resulting in a nihilistic … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday, Armageddon, and Apocalypse

Lent begins this year, as always, with the imposition on worshiper’s foreheads of the ashen remains of burnt palm fronds that at a previous Palm Sunday waved hosannas to the Messiah. The words “remember you are dust, and to dust … Continue reading

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Reactionary

The Catholic theologian Henri de Lubac was no reactionary. Quite the contrary, he was a man of great learning and heartfelt sympathy for those caught in the turmoil of history. In one instance, however, he was reactionary: “In examining this … Continue reading

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