The Mirror of the Benedict Option

Rod Dreher, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation (New York: Sentinel, 2017).

One of the great sorrows that I encounter as a priest is the sorrow of parents whose children have abandoned the Faith. Their sorrow can be more bitter even than the sorrows of those parents who suffer the fata aspera of having to bury their children. To have given the gift of life, only to see that gift taken too soon, and to be able to give only the “unavailing gift” of funeral flowers, is a bitter fate indeed. But for those who have come to believe that true life is the eternal life of Christ, it is still more bitter to have brought a child to the waters of Baptism, hoping for that child to receive a share in the inheritance of infinite bliss, only to see that child trade the infinite good for the vain pomps of this world. If it were not for the hope of future repentance, this would be almost too much to bear. And yet, it is a sorrow that Christian parents have had to bear at all times. Children of believing parents have been abandoning the narrow way that leads to eternal life since the Church began. But the great falling away from the faith in Austria in the past five or six decades or so have given so many parents that sorrow. It is of course difficult to tell whether that is because hypermodern culture has actually led more children astray, or whether it has simply made straying more obvious— previous generations of worldly children were perhaps better at pretending to their parents that they were still in a state of grace. When I tell such parents that I come from a family of eight children they often ask me whether all of my brothers and sisters are still practicing Catholics. And when I answer affirmatively they invariably ask: “How did your parents do it?” Continue reading

A Critical Review of Kant’s First Critique

by Elliot Milco

Introduction

In a letter to St. Gregory Thaumaturgus, Origen of Alexandria famously writes of God’s injunction for the Israelites to take the spoils of the Egyptians with them into the desert and use them as materials for the construction of the tabernacle. He compares this repurposing to the use of pagan ideas for the advancement of Christian thought, and remarks that there is danger in the process, lest, just as some of the Israelites took these spoils and used them to make the golden calf, Christians bring forth heresies from their engagement with Greek philosophy. Here at The Josias, we would like to examine some important thinkers of recent centuries, to deconstruct their major works and ideas, and to pick out whatever in them is useful for the upbuilding of sound philosophy. The following post is the first in what we hope will be a series on the Spoils of Egypt, aiming to rob the better fruits of modern thought and, after melting them down and purifying them, find use for what remains in rebuilding the philosophical tabernacle which the great Scholastics once raised to house the riches of Divine Truth.

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