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". . . the principle instrument of self-education. . ."--
Charles Embry focuses this week on why Eric Voegelin sought to master the classics: ". . .for when the literary culture and the educational institutions upon which literacy depends are compromised and even destroyed, a man must look to the classics as guides to the recovery of his own humanity. . ." Read part 3 of "Eric Voegelin as Literary Critic."
"Catch Mercy's Moments as they Fly"--
Poetry Editor Glenn Hughes offers this week a poem spun some 250 years ago from the New Testament. It reminds us of both our Lenten opportunities and the eternal recurrence of taxation. In this case the publicans held the contracts to collect Rome's taxes. Read Christopher Smart's "The Story of Zaccheus."
Like gnosticism, militant Islam saves after the fall from Faith--
". . .if Muslims were unable to fulfill their duty to [ bring the world under Muslim rule ], the reason lay in their having neglected the message of the Prophet. Only by recalling the pristine Islam of the pious forefathers, the salafa, could their triumphs be repeated," writes Barry Cooper in part 5 of "the Genealogy of Islamic Terrorism."
"The insouciance, vitality and heartlessness of fairy tales. . ." --
Max Arnott favors us anew with a cautionary tale about some cautionary verses: "Belloc"s parodies, however, fire well over the heads of children at his real target: Victorian and post-Victorian English society, with its snobbery, self-satisfaction and bland cruelty." Read "There was a Boy they called Hillaire."
". . . the political perspective of a gnostic metaphysician. . ." --
Eric Voegelin takes a bemused look at the Oxford Political philosophers who seem to be short of "critical distance" from their subject: ". . . [We see] the anachronistic application of the term coherent system to a medieval "summa" that does not derive propositions from axioms but moves in the tension between reason and faith. 'Systems' are a modern invention; and I doubt that one can properly speak of a 'system' before Descartes." Read part 1 of "Freedom of Conscience."
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week:A Pause for Thanksgiving � The VoegelinView staff will take a break from Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28th) until the following Monday, December 2nd. We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.NEWThinking About the State is Latent High Treason--Juergen Gebhardt continues his description of Voegelin�s intellectual development and contrasts his thinking with that of Leo Strauss: �In an age of intellectual and political crisis, whatever separated Strauss and Voegelin, . . .they agreed on the philosophical importance of historical reflection in order to regain a sense of the fundamental issues of human existence.� Read part 2 of �The Timely Legacy of Voegelin and Strauss.�Suffering as the Basis for Community--Richard Avramenko and Jingcai Ying offer their portrayal of three women in Dostoevsky�s The Possessed, and find in the characters a redemptive meaning for suffering: �Love is compassion, the willingness to suffer with others . . . . By sharing others� suffering and self-sacrificing, individuals can forge a communal bond that leads to salvation.� This week read Part 2 of �Dostoevsky�s Heroines, or, on the Compassion of the Russian Woman.�Reason is left to shift for Itself--We continue Eric Voegelin�s analysis of the English loss of reality following the religious upheaval and the arrival of Newtonian physics: �When the light of faith is extinguished, the dogmatic symbols lose their luminosity of meaning and become a dead letter, a jungle of logical inconsistencies, and a collection of unverifiable propo�sitions. When the symbols no longer glow with the inner light of faith, the time has come for their examination under the external light of reason.� Read part 3 of �The English Quest for the Concrete.�The Trial of Socrates--In this chapter from his new manuscript �Knowledge, Sophistry, and Scientific Politics: Plato�s Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesman,� James Rhodes tackles the complex problem of Plato�s critique of geometrical politics in the Eleatic dialogues. He offers a compelling explanation of how those dialogues repeat the charge of sophistry brought against Socrates by the Athenians and why Socrates �must expect death from Homeric believers.� This week read Part 2 of �The Real Name of the Stranger.�on the Inside�. . . your love, too big, sinks my song of thanks . . . �Poetry Editor Thomas D�Evelyn presents contemporary Chinese poet Xue Di, who left China following the Tianamen Square bloodshed and now reflects on his experiences in a poem in which the cry of the child is the the cry for freedom. Read this week in Poetry �Gift.�Challenging Plato�s �Platonism�Our Editor Ron Srigley explores the agreements and disagreements between James Rhodes� and Zdravko Planinc�s interpretations of the Eleatic dialogues, particularly Plato�s Statesman, which have been presented here over the past two weeks. Read in Commentary this week �Challenging Plato�s �Platonism.� �Has the Liturgical Reform been Beneficial?We are pleased to welcome back Stephen Millies to VoegelinView. He reviews for us a book that assesses the results of Vatican II after almost fifty years: �Since something little short of a war has unfolded during last five decades over how to interpret the Council, Faggioli�s claim that we can find such a key seems facile, almost too cute.� Read in Book Reviews this week �Vatican II: A Liturgical Restoration of Religious Experience.�Rationalism: the Bane of American PoliticsWe welcome Corey Abel to VoegelinView. He reviews for us Gene Callahan�s new book, Oakeshott on Rome and America. Among Abel�s observations: �Callahan does not sugar coat the fact that there is a deep incoherence in the American political tradition, and a deep incoherence in the defense of liberty offered by both libertarians and by variously styled conservatives.� Read in Book Reviews this week �A Foreshortened Tradition.�Please note that this will be the final Sunday night notice to the evforum.The URL is: http://voegelinview.com"