Saturday, September 29, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
|Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States - Howard Chandler Christy|
I've gone through the first course and have started the second, and everything has been extremely well done. If you are interested in these two contending philosophies of government, I would absolutely recommend these lectures.
Anthony Esolen on "being true to yourself":
Shakespeare, alas, is so great a poet that his readers sometimes mistake deliberate banality for wisdom. This famous line is a case in point. It is uttered by Polonius, a shallow, prating, tedious old man, who is anything but straightforward in his behavior. He encourages his daughter Ophelia to play hard to get, to land the prince who loves her; he sends a servant to France to spy on his son; and he is slain while hiding behind the curtain in the Queen’s room in order to eavesdrop on her conversation with Hamlet. “Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell,” says Hamlet, “I took thee for thy better.”
Shakespeare is deeply suspicious of people who are true to themselves, and not to God or to their country: such, in his three parts of Henry VI, are the proud self-absorbed villains Suffolk and Richard of York, responsible for instigating the civil wars that embroil England during the fifteenth century. But this suspicion seems not to have entered the minds of the leaders of the Girl Guides of Australia, who have recently revised the oath the girls must take. From now on, instead of swearing loyalty to God, to the queen, and to Australia, each girl will swear, “I will be true to myself and to my beliefs.”
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Logos Bible Software seems to be the Cadillac of scripture study software packages, with a pretty impressive set of Catholic resources. For the Year of Faith, which begins October 11th of this year, you can participate in an online discussion of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on Logos' social media platform, Faithlife.
Alex Renn has information about the Year of Faith reading plan at the Logos Bible Software Catholic Blog.
I'm saving my spending money for one of their full-up Catholic libraries, which are pretty expensive, but in the meantime I got their Catechism library in order to participate in the reading plan. I'm looking forward to this.
Anthony Esolen at The Catholic Thing:
Muggeridge was grateful that the less degenerate side won that war. He was also quite happy to live in Britain (and for a few years in the United States, which he did not enjoy) rather than in the drab misery of the Soviet Union. But, like Solzhenitsyn, whom he admired, he saw that the West and the East had made the same mistake.
Each “culture,” if we may dignify the masses of the West or the collectives of the East with that name, was based upon vulgar materialism. One form was, surely, more pleasant and less obviously inhumane than the other, but it amounted to the same thing in the end: a heap of broken stones, and babbling incoherence.
The account of the Tower of Babel, so concise, is the story of communist Russia, Nazi Germany, the British Empire, and the United States – if we have indeed no firmer foundation than the pursuit of power, wealth, and prestige. The builders of Babel wanted to make “a name” for themselves: and I defy the greatest novelist of our age to pack as much insight into two little words, as our sacred author has done.Read the whole thing.