Video: Valentin Tomberg and the Fate of the West

Here is a new video about Valentin Tomberg.

To note: this episode had an odd genesis—with perhaps an odd feel as a result. I start off by saying it is only ‘allegedly’ an episode. This is because it began as hardly more than a shorter preview/taster for the next upcoming ‘monster’ episode—which is nearly five hours long!

I now rather wish that ‘alleged’ tag had been edited out and the opening re-shot.

Yes, this episode does anticipate my ‘monster’ Tomberg episode. But it also turned out to be far more than a simple preview! Indeed, I now think it is maybe the best video on the channel for people to begin with Tomberg.

At any rate, it contains much that is little known in the Anglosphere, regarding Tomberg’s life and thinking, including his Russian roots, mysticism, political thinking, reflections from his private correspondence, etc.

Cor Jesu

I also take the opportunity, in this short post, to paste in some reviews (or blurbs, really) for my main big book concerning Tomberg and Catholicism—Cor Jesu Sacratissimum: From Secularism and the New Age to Christendom Renewed.

This book, like the video above, is very much about the Fate of the West and is more indebted to Tomberg’s work than I can possibly express. But here is what others say:

“In Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, Roger Buck traces his journey–geographical, metaphorical, and mystical–from New Age adventurer to Catholic traditionalist, from spiritual dilettante to repentant wayfarer, from lost to found. Along the way we are treated to spiritually rich meditations on politics, economics, social movements, modernity, the spiritual dangers of our age, and the eternal mysterium of the Church. But Roger Buck does not merely describe his own journey. No, he holds our times up to a mirror and shows us our own faces. And with great clarity.”—MICHAEL MARTIN​, author of The Submerged Reality: Sophiology and the Turn to a Poetic Metaphysics
“Roger Buck has done a great service to the Church by his careful and well-informed examination–both charitable and unflinching– of the New Age, and his discussion of wider issues in the Church from the perspective of a former New Age initiate. Buck shows that the New Age is an attempt, however flawed, to escape the materialism of modernity, and that it is Catholicism in its traditional forms–with its mystery and ritual, its sacramentals, art, and pious practices–that can best reveal the immense reality of the suffering and love for all mankind of Christ’s Sacred Heart to those trapped in the false mysteries of the New Age.”—JOSEPH SHAW​, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales

Books from Roger Buck

Foreword for Monarchy by Roger Buck

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