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Since Voegelin has said that the reality of experience is self-interpretive, let’s turn this question around and ask, how did the earliest humans think about origins. I’ll draw on Voegelin’s well-known reflections on symbolization to remind us of the kind of expressions of that early thinking about origins we’ll be dealing with here:
For, in the first place, the symbols are…

As late as Nov 29, 1988, well into the Gorbachev period of ‘glasnost,’ Suslov’s successor and top party ideologist, Vadim Medvedev ‘confirmed Solzhenitsyn would remain on the Soviet Union’s blacklist of forbidden writers, saying that “to publish Solzhenitsyn’s work is to undermine the foundation on which our present life rests.”’[1] As Edward Ericson and Daniel Mahoney write in their introduction…
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The Human Voyage of Self-Discovery: Essays in Honour of Brendan Purcell. Brendan Leahy and David Walsh, eds. Dublin: Veritas Publications, 2013.
In his contribution to this volume, Barry Cooper quotes Brendan Purcell’s observation that human beings have always been “‘burdened with the task of wresting the order of their existence from ever-threatening disorder.’” Our time is no different in this respect.…
Big Bang

From Big Bang to Big Mystery: Human Origins in the Light of Creation and Evolution. Brendan Purcell. New York: New City Press, 2012.
This excellent book repays individual study but in my experience it is also an ideal volume for bringing order to group discussions in seminars. It provides a solid basis for philosophical inquiry into questions of origin about which…
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The Trinity and Love
Perhaps Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s most powerful single response to the Bolshevik coup d’état and consequent ideological revolution in Russia was his novel, In the First Circle.2 His answer to the Inferno of Stalin’s anti-world of betrayal is the Paradiso of Nadya’s and Gleb’s faithfulness, all the more heroic when neither are aware of the other’s fidelity overcoming the…
Catholic Church Religion Christianity

This interview is in light of Voegelin and Theology Today on Fred Lawrence’s article. 

Vv:  Is there anything in Catholic theology that is deficient and could be corrected by adding in Voegelin’s thought?
BP:  Well, as I say in my commentary piece, Voegelin and Theology Today, there’s a big need for theologians to get out beyond the stockade and explore the presence…

A Reflection of 20 Years
I’ve been asked, in light of the contrasting interpretations of Jürgen Gebhardt and Paul Caringella, and Fred Lawrence’s article that works on reconciling their views, to answer the question whether it is fair or naïve hyperbole to suggest Eric Voegelin as a modern Church Father.  
As anyone who has attended the annual meetings of the Eric Voegelin…
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The Foundations of the Scientific Method
What we call the natural sciences emerged only in Western civilization which in turn was built on the experiences of Greek philosophy and Judeo-Christian revelation.
How did these experiences make possible the emergence of the experimental natural sciences?
It is possible to list three factors underlying modern scientific method. To undertake any scientific investigation we must:
(i) be…
Big Bang

From Big Bang to Big Mystery: Human Origins in the Light of Creation and Evolution. Brendan Purcell. New York: New City Press, 2012.

Brendan Purcell’s From Big Bang to Big Mystery is an extremely ambitious book, and what is marvelous is that it succeeds in its ambitions.
Exploring the question of human origins and development within the context of cosmic evolution, Purcell…
John Paul II Fides et Ratio

On this occasion we will consider the Encyclical Letter of John Paul II, Faith and Reason ( Fides et ratio), which he released on September 15th, 1998. We will begin with a few introductory remarks on the cultural context for the encyclical and then consider two of its aspects.
It is obvious that Faith and Reason (hereinafter “FIDES”) addresses the crisis…