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Pagan Horror

From the February 2018 Print Edition

Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reichby eric kurlanderyale, 448 pages, $35 That Hitler and his inner circle were mad is not a matter of controversy. The source and character of their madness, though, is subject to debate. Eric Kurlander wants us to understand Nazi ideology . . . . Continue Reading »

Love With No Future

From the January 2017 Print Edition

The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungby roger scrutonallen lane, 368 pages, $19.99Of all the personalities that produced enduring art, Richard Wagner’s was perhaps the most repulsive. A blackmailer, philanderer, deadbeat, paranoid, and anti-Semite, Wagner invites his . . . . Continue Reading »

A Misty Reel

From the Aug/Sept 2013 Print Edition

Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition? by David Nirenberg Norton, 624 pages, $35 World history is the history of Israel, averred Franz ?Rosenzweig, meaning that the nations of the West so hearkened to the Jewish promise of eternal life that their subsequent history was a response to Israel, whether . . . . Continue Reading »

Messianic Restraint

From the November 2011 Print Edition

Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience by Richard Landes Oxford, 520 pages, $35 This is a disturbing and momentous book, for modern political thinking has trouble making sense of the intrusion of irrationality. It is conditioned by the Cold War, a geopolitical chess game . . . . Continue Reading »

Elective Antipathies

From the June/July 2011 Print Edition

Simone Weil by Palle Yourgrau Reaktion Books, 189 pages, $16.95, paper Simone Weil continues to fascinate. Civilization could be saved, she contended, only by a Platonic Christianity stripped of its carnal, Jewish side, through identification with the suffering Christ rather than in the hope of . . . . Continue Reading »

Can We Know What We Know?

From the March 2011 Print Edition

Mathematics and Religion: Our Languages of Sign and Symbol by Javier Leach Templeton, 188 pages, $19.95 A man is like a carpenter, mused Tevye the milkman; for a man dies, and so does a carpenter. Fr. Javier Leach, S.J., informs us that mathematics is pluralistic, and so are religion and . . . . Continue Reading »