Tag Archives: Materialism

On Being a Bleeding Heart Conservative

On being a Bleeding Heart Conservative – extracted from the book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum: From Secularism and the New Age to Christendom renewed by Roger Buck.

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From Christendom to Americanism and Beyond by Thomas Storck – Review

A truly great book from Thomas Storck: From Christendom to Americanism and Beyond: The Long Jagged Trail to a Postmodern Void. A review with quotes …

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Famished for Christendom

Why certains souls in this world reject secularism: They are famished for Christendom. Contains a small extract from The Gentle Traditionalist my upcoming book from Angelico Press.

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Essays of a Catholic: A Fine Introduction to Hilaire Belloc (Review)

These essays from the great Catholic thinker Hilaire Belloc offer an exceptional introduction to his thinking – as well as a somber review of the fall of Christendom.

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Valentin Tomberg, the New Age and the Way of the Heart

Or: An Open Letter on the Salvation of the World     APOLOGIA This Page is in process of a regrettable Deconstruction. The Deconstruction will be ongoing over the days ahead. We will explain the reasons for this regrettable Deconstruction and aim for a Reconstruction with most of this material and indeed expanded on. Until […]

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Hilaire Belloc on ‘Dumbing Down’ and Despair

The great Hilaire Belloc would have found our modern term dumbing down hideous – but his was a prophetic voice of cultural decadence.

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On Hilaire Belloc: Fumbling in the Footsteps of a Giant

Bullet points on Hilaire Belloc to introduce the thinking of a giant of the spirit …

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Talking to the New Age Movement Part 3: On Amputating Christianity

Third part of a series by a Catholic convert from the New Age movement: On Amputating Christianity

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Talking to the New Age Movement Part 2: On Holistic Spirituality

So-called holistic spirituality is a new name for the New Age movement. A critique of, among other things, the New Age book Soulution – the Holistic Manifesto by William Bloom

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Talking to the New Age Movement Part 1: A Stlll-Hesitant Apologetics

A former member of the New Age movement – as well as the Findhorn Community – but now a Catholic convert tries to talk to New Agers, knowing full-well how hard they will find it to listen.

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Valentin Tomberg, Catholic Tradition and the Counter-Revolution (Part VIII)

In the last entry, I quoted Valentin Tomberg as to the following: “The French Revolution was but a stepping stone – a stepping stone that demonstrated with alarming clarity the great trend of revolutions which began with humanism in the Fourteenth Century, then resulted via the Reformation in the Enlightenment of the Eighteenth Century, which […]

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A Brush with Evil

Not so long ago, I shook a man’s hand. He was a man I barely knew. All looked ordinary, “normal” with him. I would never have guessed that something was seriously amiss. Yesterday I learned that he had stabbed his partner to death. And then he took the knife to himself. They both had children […]

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Catholic Tradition, Charles Taylor and Supernatural Mystery

Charles Taylor is, no doubt, a genius. But what his brilliant A Secular Age misses in its analysis of Catholic tradition is an account of Supernatural Mystery …

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Unfinished Personal/Global Musings II (Valentin Tomberg on Disintegration – Death)

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 […]

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Unfinished Personal/Global Musings Part I (Introduction)

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 […]

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Global Warming and Catholic Response

In 1891, Pope Leo XIII brought forth the encyclical Rerum Novarum. It was a milestone in the Catholic Tradition, inaugurating a new era of Papal Social Encyclicals responding to the social injustice of the modern world. The latest being the magisterial Caritas in Veritate of His Holiness Benedict XVI. In Rerum Novarum Leo XIII challenged […]

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Valentin Tomberg: The Judas Kiss of Demythologisation

In my last weblog entry, I made reference to the materialism of the liberal Protestant theology of the likes of Rudolf Bultmann. And I noted briefly that this materialism had now tragically made its way into Catholicism, as well. Thus do I recall the teaching of a certain Jesuit, who explained the Crucifixion in terms […]

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Just the Facts, Ma’am

When I was a teenager in America, an evangelical Christian friend tried to convert me. He assured me that heaven would be made of gold. A city literally made of gold … I pressed him. What would we be living in? Golden houses came the reply. What would we travel in? Golden cars. Everything would […]

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