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One Jesus for Jews, Another for Christians

One Jesus for Jews, Another for Christians

I. Prospective and Perspective This article offers a revisualization of Jesus, not as a Christian diptych representing Jesus and Christ, the before-and-after-the-Crucifixion figures of conventional historical and theological thinking, but...
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T.S. Eliot’s “The Fire Sermon”: Of Memory and Salvation

T.S. Eliot’s “The Fire Sermon”: Of Memory and Salvation

“These things I do within, in that vast chamber of my memory." From St. Augustine’s Confessions again. The collocation of these two representatives of eastern and western asceticism, as the...
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A People Without History: T.S. Eliot’s Critique of Evolutionary History

A People Without History: T.S. Eliot’s Critique of Evolutionary History

While T.S. Eliot never made any comments critical of Charles Darwin or his theory of the evolution of species, he was quite critical of various popularized versions of Darwin’s theory...
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Noahide Commandments and Natural Law

Noahide Commandments and Natural Law

I It is often said that Judaism is a religion for Jews. Judaism teaches that the people of Israel are chosen for a divine mission, that God has made a...
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An Appeal for Donations

An Appeal for Donations

VoegelinView depends upon the generosity of readers like you. VoegelinView is published by the Eric Voegelin Society, a 501 (c) (3) organization (Tax ID 45-5508836) which is devoted to the...
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I. Prospective and Perspective
This article offers a revisualization of Jesus, not as a Christian diptych representing Jesus and Christ, the before-and-after-the-Crucifixion figures of conventional historical and theological thinking, but as two portraits, one of Jesus as a Jew who can be a model for living Jewishly today, the other as the demi-god Jesus who became the god Christ.  This effort…

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“These things I do within, in that vast chamber of my memory."
From St. Augustine’s Confessions again. The collocation of these two representatives of eastern and western asceticism, as the culmination of this part of the poem, is not an accident.
 
T.S. Eliot’s remark above, his note to line 309 of The Waste Land, describes his intentional reference to St. Augustine’s…

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While T.S. Eliot never made any comments critical of Charles Darwin or his theory of the evolution of species, he was quite critical of various popularized versions of Darwin’s theory that exaggerated its explanatory power and extrapolated from it into metaphysical, moral, historical, and socio-political spheres where, in his view, it had no authority. Two such popularizers and extrapolators concerned…

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Leo Strauss and His Catholic Readers. Geoffrey M. Vaughan, ed. Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press:  2018
 
A Platonic philosopher and Socratic dialectician, Leo Strauss (1899-1973) would be intrigued by the “and” in the title of this collection of essays devoted to him and his Catholic readers. It indicates a pairing, a yoking, but of what sort? In Aristotelian…

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Leo Strauss and His Catholic Readers. Geoffrey M. Vaughan, ed. Catholic University of America Press, 2018.
 
This is a most welcome, often profound inquiry into the relation between Catholic scholars of political philosophy and Leo Strauss who is among the most influential political philosophers in the twentieth century.  Strauss is well-known for arguing that it is the tension between reason and…

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Americans are growing more distrustful of the media and college universities. And they’re perfectly right to be. It is not that everyone in the media is a liar or propagandist. Nor is it the case that all universities and college curricula are harmful propaganda either. There is much value to the media and great value to university education and certain…

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In order to explain surprising political phenomena like Donald Trump and Brexit, we have to look at the unprecedented impact of new technologies on our total environment. Douglas Rushkoff, the author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, has entertained the thesis that the television age, which brought people together, is over. He opines that the television age has been…

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The documentary film Best of Enemies (2015) is not just a compelling chronicle and contextualization of the famous 1968 television debates between William F. Buckley, Jr., and Gore Vidal. As the sequence during its closing credits makes clear, the documentary also aims to provide us with nothing less than the origin story of our current digital age of polarized politics.…

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