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Monday, February 13, 2012

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Matt

This excerpt sounds a lot like Dawson's "Judgment of the Nations" (my favorite book, favorite author) with near-prophetic insight into the effects of erroneous perceptions of reality on world affairs. Anyone read both, can comment on this book as a whole? Also, couldn't find the table of contents anywhere.

Robert Miller

Maritain was a brilliant and Catholic faith-filled man who attempted to reconcile the deepest aspirations of the Enlightenment (avowedly, the "rights of man")with the Tradition and the natural law of the (Christian) philosophers. This project seemed to have promise in the dark days of the 1930s and 1940s when the avowedly totalitarian nihilists drove Catholics, Protestants and the Enlightened of good will to make common cause. Still more, in the 1950s and early 1960s, it seemed that this coalition had enough consensus about good and evil (not to mention, about the nature of the common enemy)that it could arrive at a nonsectarian positive program for building a better world.

What Maritain and most of those who were engaged in this project seem to have ignored (or hoped could be overcome with the Grace of God) was the trajectory of the demonic (AD, the Anti-Christ) in the course of modernity. Guardini, especially in The End of the Modern World, seems to have had a grasp of this core post-medieval dynamic that rings truer to our experience today.

The Maritain of Peasant of the Garonne was the best Maritain, because he had come home.

Matt

Thanks so much Robert, think I'll have to put this on my wish list.

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