we distant children of the pagans would not be able to believe in any of these things

Modernity is what comes …when Christianity has been displaced from the center of a culture and deprived of any power explicitly to shape laws and customs, and has ceased to be regarded as the source of a society’s highest values or of a government’s legitimacy, and has ceased even to hold preeminent sway over aContinue reading “we distant children of the pagans would not be able to believe in any of these things”

the process of disenchantment is irreversible

From “Disenchantment—Reenchantment” by Charles Taylor (within The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now edited by George Levine): These terms are often used together, the first designating one of the main features of the process we know as secularization, the second a supposed undoing of the first, which can be either desiredContinue reading “the process of disenchantment is irreversible”

I certainly can’t conceive … any grosser abuse of language than to call a discussion a meditation

Delightful collection of “less commonly used quotes” from the letters of C.S. Lewis: Many men of our time have lost not only the supernatural light but also the natural light which pagans possess. I certainly can’t conceive any less suitable preparation for Holy Communion than a discussion or any grosser abuse of language than toContinue reading “I certainly can’t conceive … any grosser abuse of language than to call a discussion a meditation”

if we brought them garlands or sacrifices

The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton: If we were at rest in a real paganism, instead of being restless in a rather irrational reaction from Christianity, we might pay some sort of pagan honour to these nameless makers of mankind. We might have veiled statues of the man who first found fire or theContinue reading “if we brought them garlands or sacrifices”