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The World and the Laity

In a few recent addresses Pope Benedict XVI has given some interesting diagnostics of our culture Some of these points are also relevant to the current state in which we see and relate to the environment. For example, on an angelus refection on advent the Pope said: ” …certain aspects of the post-modern world: cities […]

Habermas, Ratzinger and the Crisis of Europe – II

In the first part of the post on Habermas, Ratzinger and the Crisis of Europe we ended considering Ratzinger’s call for the recognition of Europe’s deeply religious roots, and Habermas’ ‘religious opening’. Recently there has been some talk of Habermas experimenting some form of conversion, one spanish article heading called “Saint Jurgen Habermas” and Peter […]

Nature, not Naturalism

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7n9BUnr1as&feature=player_embedded] In a previous post I have talked about the philosophical tendency towards naturalism. “From the Stoics through the Latins like Lucretius and Cicero there was a strong Naturalistic tendency in Western thought. Augustine, using Plato, rescues the centrality of God and resist this naturalism, while Boethius nails naturalism’s coffin and puts ‘nature in its place’.”  In a recent […]

Habermas, Ratzinger and the Crisis of Europe – Part I

With the roller coaster experiences of Greece and the G20 Summit, these are opportune times to speak about the crisis of Europe. The media is full of it. But for many other thinkers this crisis has been seen coming in its very foundations. Among these thinkers are Habermas and Ratzinger, whom I have mentioned before […]

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