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    Archive for July, 2013

    GK

    Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

    Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He gave me permission […]

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

    It’s been a rough week for Anthony Weiner. His campaign manager in the race for mayor just quit because of Weiner’s newest scandal. And it’s tough finding a replacement because every time he emails someone, they’re like, “I’m not opening that.” Jimmy Fallon Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Voegelin and Pressure

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

    Voegelin with a Nock Kicker History, said Voegelin, is “the perpetual task to regain the order under God from the pressure of mundane existence.” That’s the science of history? Heck, it’s the science of everyday life. Just as Plato noted that society is man writ large, I guess history is everyday life writ large. It […]

    Monday

    Monday, July 29th, 2013

    I have a few contemporary things to discuss, so today’s Eudemon will revert to the traditional TDE style. * * * * * * * Received in the mail: The Tumbler of God: Chesterton as Mystic by Fr. Robert Wild. I’m looking forward to reading it. From the back cover: Franz Kafka said of Chesterton, […]

    Friday

    Friday, July 26th, 2013

    BYCU If you haven’t spent a lot of time with Zmirak’s Bad Catholic series, you’re missing out. The material is flat-out brilliant. Content, prose, humor: it’s all there. I expect to draw a lot of BYCU material from Zmirak, including this nugget: Zmirak got drunk trying different bourbons at the Waterfront Ale House. After sampling […]

    William James

    Thursday, July 25th, 2013

    I’ve always meant to read more William James or, failing more by James, more about James (“Do not read history. Read biography for it is life without theory.” Disraeli). Early on, I read his Varieties of Religious Experience with intense enjoyment. I was struck by James’ intellectual honesty, and I realized that, no matter how […]

    GKC

    Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

    Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He gave me permission […]

    De Lubac and Dostoyevsky

    Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

    If you’re intrigued by Dostoyevsky but can’t bring yourself to read any of his lengthy fiction, get a copy of Henri de Lubac’s The Drama of Atheist Humanism. It ranks in my top 10 books of all time. The reader will be rewarded with Nietzsche, Feuerbach (the link between Hegel and Marx), Comte, Kierkegaard, and, […]

    More Gilson and God and Philosophy

    Monday, July 22nd, 2013

    “Just as science can play havoc with metaphysics, metaphysics can play havoc with science.” Gilson There is a natural antipathy between the two. Gilson goes on to point out that metaphysics stifled science for centuries, just as science today stifles metaphysics. Empiricism is the belief that only those things that are scientifically verifiable exist . […]

    Give a Girl a Break

    Sunday, July 21st, 2013

    My electronic friend, Michelle Reitemeyer, recently had to abandon Blogger. Some of you may recall that I came close to such a decision myself. It’s hard to abandon electronic real estate that you’ve developed over years, but Michelle felt like she had no other choice, given Blogger’s increasing unreliability. If you get a chance, check […]

    Friday

    Friday, July 19th, 2013

    That’s a picture of a bowling alley at the Atlantic Garden Saloon in Sandusky, Ohio, toward the turn of the century. I’ve spent a lot of time in bowling alleys (season high average winner, with a 112, in fifth grade). In every bowling alley, there are many lanes and one bar. It never dawned on […]

    GKC

    Thursday, July 18th, 2013

    Background: When I was the editor of Gilbert Magazine, I was responsible for the “Tremendous Trifles” column. It was occasionally hard to find a sufficient amount of interesting GKC material to fill the page, so John Peterson sent me a file full of Chesterton ancedotes. They were idiosyncratic, historical, and Chestertonian. He gave me permission […]

     


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