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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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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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Keeping Faith & Breaking Ground Episode 17: The Advent of History & The History of Advent

Great expectations… In this 1997 presentation Gil Bailie provides a guided tour of the history of history. History actually has a history. It was not always the case that humans lived in history. That is what lies behind the idea … Continue reading

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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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Reflections on a Girard Christmas Card

In past years in celebration of Christmas we have posted a short excerpt from the Hoover Institutions Uncommon Knowledge series of an interview by Peter Robinson with René Girard recorded in 2009. Viewing it again, I find the combination of … Continue reading

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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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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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A Viral Hegemonic Discourse

Over the past weeks it has been amazing to see how quickly our focus has shifted from what seemed at the time matters of urgent concern to another crisis of world altering dimensions. As we all hunker down and pray … Continue reading

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Patriotism or Hatriotism

In commemoration of America’s celebration of Independence Day Gil Bailie posted a link on the Cornerstone Forum’s Facebook page to a book review written by Tim Rice of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, by Wilfred … Continue reading

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