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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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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 and Barry Craig's book, "Fate and Freedom in the Novels of David Adams Richards"
Sara MacDonald's…

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Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, written around 1592, is about as canonical as canonical gets. The play’s position in literary history (at the dawn of the Renaissance drama's golden age), along with its poetic inventiveness, and its thematic engagement with lofty ideas such as predestination, metaphysics, and morality have made it a fixture of college syllabi and a site of perennial…

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Mary Cyr. David Adams Richards. Toronto: Double Day Canada, 2018.  
 
In the Confessions, Augustine writes that his heart is restless until it rests in God (14). In a book that describes Augustine’s many failures, particularly his failure to sufficiently love others, this phrase explicitly explains Augustine’s incapacity to find peace until he is moved to have faith in God, the…

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As a popular genre, the western makes myths for politics in America and beyond. These symbolic stories of characters and communities help shape and explain our government, our society, and ourselves. They tell who and where we are, as individuals and as peoples. They also show what time it is for responding to our situations, and why. Thus western icons…

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Cowboy Politics: Myths and Discourses in Popular Westerns form The Virginian to Unforgiven and Deadwood. John S. Nelson.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.
 
What do Westerns - books, films, serial television – teach us about the emerging political order in America? What can political theory add to more popular critical encounters with this material, and what can the material illuminate about…

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La Nouvelle Héloïse is the most influential novel ever written. It shares with the Social Contract the honor of inspiring the French Revolution and, to a lesser extent, German idealism, but it stands alone as the fountainhead of romanticism. It is a celebration and critical examination of love and family. Rousseau’s romanticism seems to pile contradiction upon contradiction. It complicates…

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I like slim volumes of pith and punch. Mark Kremer’s little study, Romanticism and Civilization:  Love, Marriage, and Family in Rousseau’s Julie, is both. Its bold thesis can be similarly stated: Jean-Jacques Rousseau diagnosed the problems of modern thought and society, and, above all, their subjects, modern men and women, better than anyone. And even if he didn’t quite get…

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Why and How Political Films Matter[1]
Do films serve purposes besides entertainment?  Stephenson and Debrix point out that “Film brings us face to face with reality, or with something that looks like reality” (1973).  Jumping off from that thought, Walter Lipman famously said that “the job of the journalist is to portray a picture of reality on which the citizen can…

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Politics, Hollywood Style: American Politics in Film from Mr. Smith to Selma. John Heyrman. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.
 
John Heyrman’s Politics, Hollywood Style: American Politics in Film from Mr. Smith to Selma is a brilliant review of films dealing with American politics since the Great Depression.  Since one can argue that almost every film ever made includes elements of power…

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Understanding the American Pursuit of Happiness
Happiness is now the serious study of human well-being. As the study of happiness becomes more serious and exact, happiness researchers become flush with optimism. They are optimistic that their findings will help individuals and policy makers make decisions that will contribute to happier results. For all of happiness’s gauzy connotations, happiness can be thoroughly…

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