Tag Archives: Philosophy

Macron the Philosopher King?

When considering political figures, it is almost a “new orthodoxy” to think and say the opposite, and even see a plot. Something President Macron said a couple of days ago struck me in contrast to his usual fashion of expressing … Continue reading

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Freedom and Tyranny

I find this lecture very powerful in the effort to affirm our individual freedom as opposed to being the property of the totalitarian state or other group of dominant dogs. I recommend listening to it with attention. An essential condition … Continue reading

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Insanae et vanae curae

Insanae et vanae curae invadunt mentes nostras,saepe furore replent corda, privata spe.Quid prodest, O mortalis, conari pro mundanis,si coelos negligas?Sunt fausta tibi cuncta, si Deus est pro te. Frantic and futile anxieties invade our minds; they oftenfill our hearts with … Continue reading

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Modernity and Christianity

THREE things today ring the alarm bells in my mind as I try to understand a civilisation from which I am about as distant as a monk! I always receive Dr William Tighe’s e-mails with frequently interesting links. The two … Continue reading

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Alan Watts

YouTube has an uncanny ability to monitor the kinds of subjects that are of interest to us and suggest relevant videos to watch. I have developed a prudent interest in Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts, two men of the “greatest … Continue reading

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Liminality

I have found references in several places to an article written by a Franciscan friar in 2007 – The Life and Death of Religious Life by Benedict Groeschel C.F.R. I was particularly impressed by the notion of liminality. There are … Continue reading

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Optimism and Christian Humanism

This is not an easy time for either optimism or humanism when considering the depths of depravity to which human nature can plunge (with a thought of Calvin’s complete pessimism and that of Jansenism). I came across a very interesting … Continue reading

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Henry Chadwick on Christian Platonism

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Self Reliance

This is a theme on which I have already touched in my posting about Transcendentalism which I encountered through Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson was distinguished through his Self-Reliance. It is a point that is still uppermost in my … Continue reading

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Reilly’s Romantic Religion

I have just begun to read R.J. Reilly’s Romantic Religion which is certain to make something I wrote with a similar title pale into insignificance. However, when I wrote Romantic Christianity, I was unaware of the existence of Reilly’s book. … Continue reading

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