[evforum] New at VoegelinView this week
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Secularization: the Hermeneutic of Suspicion--
We welcome the return of Thierry Gontier to VoegelinView. He
examines for us Hans Blumenberg, who argued: ". . . modern
secularization has had a positive effect in theology, since it
has completed the task of theodicy: by bestowing upon mankind the
status of a real actor in history, it has in reality absolved God
of the production of evil." Read this week Part 1 of "Modernity
The Revolution that Did Not Happen--
Juergen Gebhardt analyses the American crisis of confidence
produced by the Great Depression, and one may contrast the
failure of contemporary US leadership with Roosevelt's, which was
expressed pragmatically within the Common Sense tradition. Read
this week Part 5 of "The Crisis of Americanism."
The Concreteness of Lasting Order--
We continue Eric Voegelin's analysis of the law in society: "The
order of a society is not a blueprint to be translated, with
good will, into reality. It must be discoveredwith an amplitude
of imagination and experimentation, of trial and error; it
requires improvements and must be adapted to changing
circumstances." Read this week "The Order of Society, its
Lasting Nature, and its Tensions."
The Value of the Topical--
We welcome the return of Max Arnott who ruminates on the
little-known career of G.K. Chesterton as advocacy journalist as
well as the reasons to read him today: "His journalism has the
merit that we can use it as a kind of time machine. We have been
here before, and we know it, but to see it in process is belief
and wisdom." Read this week "Chesterton as Journalist."
on the Inside
Charles Darwin,"Intelligent Design" and Racism--
Olavo de Carvalho returns this week with a reflection on Darwin's
now-abandoned tenets and his smug racism, as well as on
contemporary permutations: "Darwinism is a slippery and
proteiform idea, which one cannot seriously discuss: as soon as
it is pushed against a wall by a new objection, it does not
defend itselfit changes its identity and walks away crowing
about victory. Read in Commentary "Why I am not a fan of Charles
"As a disbeliever in reality . . ."
Poetry Editor Thomas D'Evelyn has proposed a poem by Wallace
Stevens that on first reading might seem impenetrable; but after
we read the juxtaposed Voegelin reflection the poem reveals
itself and we can see how philosophy and poetry might compliment
one another. Read this week in Poetry, "As you Leave the Room."
A Spiritual Realist in the Contemporary World--
Lee Trepanier returns this week with a review of Glenn Hughes'
new study of the spiritual nourishment found in great poetry:
"The task of art therefore is to reawaken the spiritual
capacities of people in a culture dominated by materialism,
flattened psychological experiences, and religious fanaticism."
In Book Reviews read "Filling a Spiritual Vacuum?"
Consciousness Evolving to a New Tolerance?--
We welcome Jerry L. Martin to VoegelinView. He reviews for us
Professor Eugene Webb's latest book, a book which undertakes a
synthesis of psychology, history and theology to suggest an
evolutionary path towards a new religious understanding. The
reviewer is cautious: "Put simply, Webb is skeptical about what I
trust; and I am doubtful about what he trusts." Read this week
in Book Reviews "From Piaget to the Tetragrammaton."
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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"