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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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The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime: Political Theory in Literature. Elizabeth Amato. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.
 
In a time marked by enormous economic inequality, upsurges in nationalism and racism, mounting environmental catastrophe, and political life tending toward factional conflict, it is tempting to conclude with scholars like Patrick Deneen, that liberalism has, indeed, failed.[1] Such a failure of…

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In his Letters, Tolkien often mentions working in his garden.  He was a keen plantsman:
"I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size).  I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats" (The Letters…

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Understanding Political Films
In choosing movies to include in this book, we had to start by asking what makes a film political. This seemingly simple question has caused considerable debate among those who have tried to answer it. One school of thought opts for a very narrow definition. Harry Keyishian's textbook includes films "about politicians and the political process in America"…

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Seeing through the Screen: Interpreting American Political Film. Bruce E. Altschuler. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2018.
 
Bruce Altschuler is professor emeritus of Political Science at SUNY Oswego, where he specializes in American government. His efforts at interpreting American political films risks upsetting film studies professors, some of whom are leery of what they regard as intrusions by political scientists into their…

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The title of this study, Milton's Socratic Rationalism, identifies a distinct mode of deliberative inquiry that is by design, as I will argue, an objective in the plan of Paradise Lost. The poet became acquainted with this mode of discourse – as few[1] at present are – in the Socratic writings of Xenophon and Plato during an extended period of…

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Milton’s Socratic Rationalism: The Conversations of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost. David Oliver Davies. Lanham, Lexington Books, 2017.
 
In a time where many literary critics think that the “author is dead,” or, if he is living at all, a mere function of his social context, David Oliver Davies’ new book, Milton’s Socratic Rationalism, is a breath of fresh air. Davies…

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A Case for Irony. Jonathan Lear (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011).
 
Today we often misunderstand irony for sarcasm, self-detachment, or cleverness instead as a source of potential knowledge that can disrupt the mundane routine of our lives. Jonathan Lear, the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee of Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy at the University…

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Owen Barfield (1898-1997) was a British philosopher, poet, and solicitor who had a tremendous influence on the likes of C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, and Saul Bellow. He published numerous essays, articles, and books, with the most well-known being Saving the Appearances and Poetic Diction. The first book was a rejection of Cartesianism and Darwinism in its exploration of the evolution…

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God and Government: Martin Luther's Political Thought. Jarrett A. Carty. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017.
 
These are good times for Luther scholars, or indeed for anyone interested in the Lutheran heritage.  The 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 saw an outpouring of new work on Luther and his age, from biographies, to studies of the Reformation and its…

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