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  • Cosmological Myth and Origins of Political Science

    October 22, 2018

    Myths were the common symbolic language of the members of ancient communities. They were not merely tales, but served ancient men as tools by which they interpreted the order they perceived in the cosmos and their lives. The myths were imitations of archetypes or paradigms of reality that over-arched…

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  • Voegelin and Christianity

    October 21, 2018

    The Incarnation is not an event in History; it’s an event in the Metaxy. This statement lies at the core of the problem between Voegelin and many Christian students of his work. Had Voegelin been more aware of and appreciative of (Eastern) Orthodox theology he would have been able…

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  • Voegelin and Christ’s “Finality”: Some Thoughts

    October 20, 2018

    I have placed “finality” in quotation marks, since I am not sure it is part of Voegelin’s lexicon. Still I believe it is roughly equivalent to the word “climactic,” for example, which he does use with respect to the “revelation in Christ.” This is found in his relatively later…

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  • Being, Becoming, and Metaphysics

    October 19, 2018

    Being, Becoming, and Metaphysics The reader will have noticed that we have used the language of “being” throughout this entire book.  The book’s commitment to history and historical consciousness also indicates a commitment to becoming.  Eric Voegelin’s attractive notion of the community of being within the context of humanity’s…

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  • History and Place, Historiogenesis and Geogenesis

    October 18, 2018

    History and Place, Historiogenesis and Geogenesis  We have seen how our contemporary cross-cultural, global horizon has introduced some new challenges to Christian faith, some of which are not resolvable, but matters to be left to the mystic’s ability to humbly live with paradox.  We have attempted to bring forth…

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  • The Question of Eric Vogelin's Faith (or Atheism?): A Comment on Maben Poirier's Critique

    October 16, 2018

    I have been asked to comment on Maben Poirier’s, “Eric Voegelin’s Immanentism: A Man At Odds With The Transcendent?“, and I welcome the opportunity to do so, because the questions Poirier raises are interesting and important ones. My own approach to them will be rather different from his, but…

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  • Eric Voegelin’s Immanentism: A Man at Odds with the Transcendent?

    October 15, 2018

    The Sea of Faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl’d. But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating, to the breath Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear And naked shingles of…

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  • Call for 2018 Christmas Readings

    October 8, 2018

    In preparation for our annual List of Christmas Holiday Readings and Books of the Year for 2018, please email your suggestions to John von Heyking at [email protected] When submitting your suggestions, please do the following: 1. List author first and then title of book, with the book title italicized,…

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  • On Human Freedom and Religion

    October 7, 2018

    Thanks to Sara MacDonald for organizing this past week’s symposium, “On Human Freedom and Religion,” in VoegelinView! The features of the symposium are below for your readings! Gary Throne’s “Augustine: Memory as Sacrament” Barry Craig’s “Freedom in the Novels of David Adams Richard” Paulette Kidder’s review of Sara MacDonald’s…

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Myths were the common symbolic language of the members of ancient communities. They were not merely tales, but served ancient men as tools by which they interpreted the order they perceived in the cosmos and their lives. The myths were imitations of archetypes or paradigms of reality that over-arched human affairs, of which the highest paradigm evoked was the sacredness…

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The Incarnation is not an event in History; it’s an event in the Metaxy.
This statement lies at the core of the problem between Voegelin and many Christian students of his work. Had Voegelin been more aware of and appreciative of (Eastern) Orthodox theology he would have been able to cite numerous references to support this claim. The equivalences would have…

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I have placed “finality” in quotation marks, since I am not sure it is part of Voegelin’s lexicon. Still I believe it is roughly equivalent to the word “climactic,” for example, which he does use with respect to the “revelation in Christ.” This is found in his relatively later essay “The Gospel and Culture,” along with some other finality-like language…

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Being, Becoming, and Metaphysics
The reader will have noticed that we have used the language of “being” throughout this entire book.  The book’s commitment to history and historical consciousness also indicates a commitment to becoming.  Eric Voegelin’s attractive notion of the community of being within the context of humanity’s struggling search for order within history, which we have appropriated, nicely combines…

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History and Place, Historiogenesis and Geogenesis
 We have seen how our contemporary cross-cultural, global horizon has introduced some new challenges to Christian faith, some of which are not resolvable, but matters to be left to the mystic’s ability to humbly live with paradox.  We have attempted to bring forth some reasons for showing that these paradoxes are not irrational, but neither…

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I have been asked to comment on Maben Poirier’s, "Eric Voegelin’s Immanentism: A Man At Odds With The Transcendent?", and I welcome the opportunity to do so, because the questions Poirier raises are interesting and important ones. My own approach to them will be rather different from his, but I think he articulates those questions in a way that opens…

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The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl'd.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.
Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
It is difficult to undo our own damage, and to recall to our presence…

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Eric Voegelin’s Search for Order in History. Stephen A. McKnight.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1978.
 
In the spring of 1953, Time magazine published a long review-essay entitled “Journalism and Joachim’s Children.” The book reviewed was The New Science of Politics, written by an Austrian émigré scholar named Eric Voegelin. Voegelin, the essay claimed, had made a significant breakthrough in…

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A Good Look at Evil. Abigail L. Rosenthal,Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2016.
 
Abigail Rosenthal is a professor (emerita) of philosophy, which is not the same thing as being a real philosopher. Indeed, there are few enough books written today by genuine philosophers. This is one. Like Socrates, she also conducts conversations with the many non-philosophers, but unlike him, she does so…

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In preparation for our annual List of Christmas Holiday Readings and Books of the Year for 2018, please email your suggestions to John von Heyking at [email protected]
When submitting your suggestions, please do the following:
1. List author first and then title of book, with the book title italicized, e.g., John von Heyking's Comprehensive Judgment and Absolute Selflessness: Winston Churchill on Politics…

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