Saturday, November 14, 2015

Items of Interest: Week of Dominica XXIV Post Pentecosten

The Errors of the Militant Atheist
by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry (National Review). «[W]e have arrived at a peculiar moment when our elite institutions and discourse seem to be utterly ignorant of their own philosophical and cultural legacy. The institutions we live in and through, whether the scientific revolution or liberal democracy or the concept of human rights, were built and explored by great thinkers, who in turn were grounded in great traditions of rational speculation (that is to say, of philosophy), and it is mystifying and, frankly, very scary that we have arrived at this moment of what can only be called cultural amnesia — an amnesia so profound that we have not only forgotten, we’ve forgotten that we’ve forgotten.»

The Medieval Mind and the Modernist Error
By Thomas McDonald (National Catholic Register). «The great modernist error is that these people were less intelligent than we are today. That is, their minds were simply weaker than ours, or mired in superstition, or shackled by a dictatorial Church. None of that has any roots in actual history. It's simply the bias of modern man--and the progressive in particular--who believes his forebears were dumber than he.»

Patriarchal villains? It’s time to re-think St Paul and St Augustine
by Rowan Williams (The New Statesman). «Paul and Augustine are blamed for any number of historical outrages. But on questions like slavery and empire, they were more progressive than many credit.»

Bridging a False Divide: Systematic Theology & Scriptural Exegesis Belong Together
by Bishop Robert Barron (First Things). «Thoroughly understandable is N. T. Wright’s dry remark that most of the Christology of the last two hundred years, both Protestant and Catholic, has been Marcionite in form, that is, developed in almost complete abstraction from the Old Testament. Thus it appeared to me that there was indeed a gulf between the Bible and theology, and that I had placed myself squarely on one side of it.»

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