Eli’s Coming

From First Thoughts

“I have hidden your Word in my heart,” Psalm 119:11 The above quote gives us the leitmotif of the movie, The Book of Eli. Eli is the messenger of God, who carries the Logos in his “heart” and represents the last hope of mankind. As the movie opens mankind has engaged in what the . . . . Continue Reading »

The Book of Eli

From First Thoughts

The wife and I just returned from the Tinsletown movie complex at the Southern Park Mall, south of beautiful Youngstown, Ohio where we took in Denzel Washington’s latest movie, The Book of Eli. On about six different levels The Book of Eli is the finest film ever made, though I’ll . . . . Continue Reading »

What’s Good for the Goose is….!

From First Thoughts

I’m not in favor of nationalized health care insurance but it appears the Democrats are going to pass it. In that case I’d like to see two codicils attached to this possibly unconstitutional legislation that declare: Everyone is required to participate in this program, NO EXEMPTIONS. . . . . Continue Reading »

Hard Rain?

From First Thoughts

Dr. Deneen over at the Front Porch has written a blog titled, The New World Order , that one might describe as either being rather pessimistic this holiday season or spot on in an analysis of the current condition. The tone of the blog will undoubtedly tighen the knickers of all good PoMoCons so I . . . . Continue Reading »

On Christmas: The Word made flesh

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” John 1:1,2. Following Edith Stein in her discussion of Essential and Eternal Being we see that all “meaningful” existents are enclosed by the “divine . . . . Continue Reading »

Leo and Eric

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Over at the Voegelin View website, Fritz Wagner has the first two parts of a four part essay titled, “Medieval Rationalism or Mystic Philosophy” by Dr. Ellis Sandoz the editor of the Collected Works of Eric Voegelin. The essay originally appeared in a compilation of essays titled, Faith . . . . Continue Reading »

The Genius of Fr. Schall

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Always illuminating, Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.  is a philosopher/priest who like Justin the Martyr might find wisdom in Eric Voegelin’s comment that “ . . . Christianity is not an alternative to philosophy, it is philosophy itself in its state of perfection; the history of the . . . . Continue Reading »