We need, I think, to more properly introduce Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) at this website – that is, say more than we did recently here – given that we will be saying so much more about him. Accordingly, I offer a little further introduction below (while I also prepare to write a forthcoming, longer introduction [...]
Reeling, I am reeling … Hilaire Belloc’s 1929 book Survivals and New Arrivals has hit me with terrific force. And like all truly great writing, it has stirred up powerful questions in me. Like: who were you Hilaire Belloc? What spirit, what vocation moved your passionate, brilliant, acutely incisive writing? And where are we [...]
Enlightenment myth of progress
There is room and purpose in this world for primers - books that aim to introduce big topics to new readers. Many years ago, I knew almost nothing about Catholic Social Teaching – and so I sought a primer. At the time, this book did the job admirably for me. And so I wrote an enthusiastic [...]
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There are delays with numerous things at this end. I am sorry to be slower than perhaps indicated in resuming certain series here, particularly the one on Valentin Tomberg. For the nonce, I am going to rip a small section from my upcoming book to present here. The section comes from early in the book [...]
Recently I have been re-reading a book by Curtis White, who is a penetrating thinker, though hardly a Christian one. The book is called: The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don’t Think for Themselves. White is a university professor and like myself, is an American, and what he means by The Middle Mind is the generation [...]
This was originally written for my weblog. But due to the fact of its length, as well as the fact that it treats of so many key themes concerning this website as a whole, I place it in the Articles as well. Only time will tell, but I suspect that this will prove to be one of the most personally important pieces at this site – RB.
How many of use Google regularly, I wonder? And how many of us are being Googled? By this I mean to call attention to the way Google subtly (or not so subtly) directs our attention … How it shapes and focuses us. This is just a webburst – that is part of my blog for [...]
Unless I change my mind at the last minute, this site will be taking a new direction this weekend … But before I begin in earnest, one last personal and fragmentary webburst. Writing in Meditations on the Tarot, the incomparable Valentin Tomberg writes in ways that may scandalise the modern mind. For example in referring [...]
January 2011 Amendment: The following entry was originally written under a slight misapprehension as to the Holy Father’s words. In a British print journal, I had read the Pope say that in terms of the global climate crisis: The Church is the only hope. The quote had been taken from Light of the World – [...]
Personal Note: I regret that certain circumstances limit my access to the internet at present. For the moment, here is an extract from my upcoming self-published book, Cor Jesu Sacratissimum: From Materialism and the New Age to the Catholic Mystery. It is perhaps worth mentioning that this is taken from a chapter that focuses on [...]
Very highly recommended – a masterful account of Marian Apparitions in the Modern Age.
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At the end of preceding segment, I turned to the subject of hope. For I share a world with many who are losing hope as to the sustainability of our present civilisation. And as I have written earlier in this little series, I myself have little hope in the prospects of creating an ultimately sustainable [...]
A Great Tree Trunk for understanding Corporate Control and the Idols of Modern Secular Civilisation.
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Is the only means for saving human civilisation through the restoration of the lost authority of the Church? Is the only means of restoring the lost authority of the Church through the undoing of so, so much that happened in the wake of Vatican II? Whatever the merit of these questions and however bizarre they [...]
I no longer recall my exact words of course. But the essence of the conversation remains engraved on my mind. It was a warm, sunny Spring day in France. People in shirt sleeves were frolicking in the shine. But it was too warm, too pleasant. It was too early in the Spring. My beloved turned [...]
What kind of civilisation is it, that could result in the most unimaginable scale of loss as that suggested by Global Warming? Is it arguably not a civilisation which has placed certain goods – or gods – above all else? For example, the exterior good of scientific progress over and above the interior good of [...]
My last web entry tried to introduce the personal context within which I try to grapple with Global Warming. It is the context, as I said, of a practising Catholic aspiring to deep, regular Sacramental Communion. It is also that of ongoing study of Catholic Tradition and the history of the transition from a Western [...]
Authority … one has authority or competence to speak about something the more consciously and fully one has experienced it. In writing of things New Age for example, I feel a certain degree of confidence, given that I have had long, intimate involvement with this phenomena. I completely identified with the New Age movement for [...]
Recently at her weblog here, my beloved wrote about her reaction to The Guardian, a high quality British daily newspaper: “I feel bombarded. I feel ‘preached’ at. Preached at in a way that is relatively subtle. This is not tabloid journalism or the gutter press. Nonetheless the choice of headlines, photographs and text tries to [...]