The human animal is the worshipping animal. Toward the divine, we have a need to pray, to sacrifice, to offer up, and to praise. From the spirit dances of primitive animism to the rational contemplation of philosophical paganism, from the ethical code of the rabbis to the theological vision of the scholastics, from the sprinkled blood (the origin of blessing) of temple cults to helping the poor in simple Christian charity, men need to relate the immanent and the transcendent -- they see their particular lives in time and space transfigured and transfused with meaning unbounded by human things. Religion is this aspect of human life where the everyday and worldly intersects with the ultimate and divine. Is this an accident of human evolution, or is it a racial neurosis brought upon us as conscious beings who live in the shadow of our own death? Is it a reflection of the divine order, where creatures naturally orient themselves toward their source? Has God revealed himself to us, as the Christians claim? In this realm, I shall try to delve into such questions as an Orthodox Christian who ever pesters God with "Why?"
Friday, November 13, A.D. 2015
Reilly on ISIS and Islam’s Irrationality
World News has an interesting interview with Robert Reilly, author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind (I appreciate the implied kudos to Bloom): “ISIS and Islam’s irrationality.” Reilly surveys an important medieval controversy that shaped Mohammedan history.
By the way, it always annoys me whenever a whimpering Westerner exclaims something about the glories of Cordova and the backwardness of the European Middle Ages. Such a man should fully explore the life and writings of Averroes—and their subsequent adventure in history. People really ought to know more about more things.
Posted by Joseph
on Friday, November 13, Anno Domini