“Straying, as through infinite nothingness”: The Collapse of Nietzsche

“God is dead but given the way of men there may be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown. And we will have to vanquish his shadow, too.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, # 109 “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become one. And… Read More “Straying, as through infinite nothingness”: The Collapse of Nietzsche

Our Blessed Mother in the Order of Grace

Fundamentalist Protestant incomprehension of the Catholic doctrine regarding Mary as the Mother of God is largely and essentially an incomprehension of the Incarnation itself, whereby the Word, who is God, was made flesh (John 1:1; 14). It is rooted in a failure to contemplate, with the Catholic Church, the stupendous implications of this wondrous mystery.… Read More Our Blessed Mother in the Order of Grace

“The Whole Universe Together” and the Diversity of Creatures

According to St. Thomas Aquinas, God created the diversity of creatures because no single creature can adequately reflect the perfection of God: “We must say that the distinction and multitude of things come from the intention of the first agent, who is God. “For He brought things into being in order that His goodness might… Read More “The Whole Universe Together” and the Diversity of Creatures

Revolutionary Con Man Saul Alinsky. Inciting “Power Responses”

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for‘ (Apropos of that hymn, ironically, Cornell West insisted Obama was no political Progressive. He served, West says, the status quo, especially the Military Techo-Industrial-Banking Complex with gusto, as much as any modern Republican. He only shared Progressive values relative to traditional morals) “I feel confident that I… Read More Revolutionary Con Man Saul Alinsky. Inciting “Power Responses”

Avoiding the Crash. Plato’s Chariot & the Passions

Plato paints the picture of a Charioteer (Greek: ἡνίοχος) driving a chariot pulled by two winged horses: “First the charioteer of the human soul drives the pair. “The Charioteer represents intellect, reason, or the part of the soul that must guide the soul to truth; one horse represents the rational or moral impulse, the positive… Read More Avoiding the Crash. Plato’s Chariot & the Passions

The Beat Generation… cultural catastrophe. By Roger Kimball

“We’ll get you through your children.” —Allen Ginsberg, 1958 The core of the heresy of the Free Spirit lay in the adept’s attitude towards himself: he believed that he had attained a perfection so absolute that he was incapable of sin. Disclaiming book-learning and theological subtleties, they rejoiced in direct knowledge of God- indeed, they… Read More The Beat Generation… cultural catastrophe. By Roger Kimball