Snyder's Bloodlands puts the events we commemorate today in perspective.

Holocaust in Context: Auden’s September 1, 1939

Faulkner wrote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past," in his Requiem for a Nun.  One prime example is World War II. The memory of this almost now mythical conflict continues to shape the Western social imaginary in a multitude of ways; for example, Western Europeans use it to bolster their unpractical cowardly pacifism, while the Americans use it to bolster their equally unpractical rash militarism.Even more profoundly, the Holocaust has become an almost metaphysical measuring stick … [Read More...]

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Patrick Deneen on How Germans Do It Better (Economically)

Since I hail from Catholiclandia, the Polish papal states, it's not always easy to say nice things about the Germans and the Russians. It helps when you can get somebody else to do it for you.This is precisely what Patrick Deneen does in the third and final installment of our conversation about the Neo-Conservative imagination right here. Professor Deneen gets down into the details of how the German economy is structured in ways that make for a more humane way of life than the American "live … [Read More...]

Sam Rocha's Late to Love channels Jean-Luc Marion's phenomenology of Augustine.

The Call to Being Has Already Exiled You: Sam Rocha’s Late to Love

I've been trying to write about Sam Rocha's album Late to Love all morning long.  It's such a saturated phenomenon that I'm having trouble paring down the superlatives, so it doesn't look like I'm kissing too much butt. The album bills itself as an Augustinian soul album. Its lyrics range from despair to joy, from praise lament, there are even a few pieces played solely on instrument.The opening song of Late to Love, "In the Self's Place," first caught my attention because it is the f … [Read More...]

According to Oliver Davies, the image of Christ the Pantocrator has been obscured by the turn to the subject in modern thought, including theology.

Our Second Scientific Revolution. What Can Theology Expect?

The intersection of religion, the imagination, and science is a constant preoccupation of mine.I believe this topic first became an obsession upon reading Czeslaw Milosz's The Land of Ulro. The poet's book is one of those weird works that is way ahead of its time. It goes beyond all the prescribed literary boundaries. After having read it four or five times I still can't tell whether it's autobiography, literary criticism, philosophy of science, history, anthropology, theology, and so on. It … [Read More...]

Kamienska is a Polish poet who wrote about faith in the most confounding situations.

The Astonishment of Discovering James Foley and Edith Stein Too Late

Most of us developed a new fascination with James Foley yesterday after discovering the depth of his Catholic faith. The martyrs are a peculiar bunch because we usually discover them after it is too late to meet them in this world.A certain ambivalence is connected with this. There is joy in discovering an intercessor and witness under great duress, but there is also sadness at their always untimely departures.This ambivalence is eloquently expressed in Anna Kamienska's poem "Doctor … [Read More...]

Did you notice that Tolkien's Hobbit is also about class conflict?

Tolkien’s Smaug of Money: Class Conflict in a Children’s Classic

My resistance to the Inklings is strong, but breaking down. Two causes stand behind my aversion.First, all my dorky church friends in high school--Evangelicals, Mormons, and even some Catholics--spent a lot of their free time talking the greatness of C.S. Lewis. I was alienated from church and their witness frankly didn't help. Their enthusiasm skipped off of me because at that point I was enjoying the comforts of atheism.Second, I was also in the process of discovering truly great … [Read More...]

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Phenomenology, the Anxieties of Life, and the Mystery of Hope

It's finally time to write a post here at Patheos. I've kept busy the past week figuring out how to transition into the new blog and life after finishing up my PhD.  I've been accompanied through this time of transition and anxiety by two books.First, there's Michael Gubser's book on phenomenology: The Far Reaches. Gubser argues that phenomenology is not an abstract academy pursuit, not some isolated idealism, but rather a philosophy that always engages with the world. According to him, p … [Read More...]

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Really, Big, Big, Big News: Walesa and Patheos!

 Alright folks, it certainly does seem like this will be  one of the last times I publish on this site. CosmosTheInLost is slowly migrating to Patheos.For the record: I've written a post about the tangled legacy of Solidarity for Ethika Politika and the role Walesa played in it. If you've been following my recent posts on phenomenology then you'll sense how I am attempting to slowly build a concrete bridge between the historical social movement and the philosophical school.For … [Read More...]

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How Husserl Changed Catholic Attitudes Toward Judaism

One of the guiding threads of Gubser's book on the Central European origins of phenomneology (The Far Reaches) is that the philosophical movement was always an ethical movement as well. This preoccupation predisposed its adherents to religious belief, especially Catholicism. In turn the conversions of his students had some surprising ramifications for Catholic relations with Judaism.Husserl inherited the earnest late 19th century concern for the need to overcome nihilism with a moral, … [Read More...]


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