The longevity of our neoliberal order has effectively found its end. Faith in liberal democracy, the supplanting of the True Faith with secularism, and the economic sustainability of international free trade capitalism remain vestigial only to a small portion of the urban classes and the coastal elites. For the rest of the country—and in many cases, even the rest of the world—the naïve belief in a New World Order, free of borders and politics, with all basic needs met and a life of leisure guaranteed for all, has been completely dispelled. Worse, many more are waking up to the realization that the New World Order was never intended to be one that they would be invited to live in. To have lost hope in a dream is one thing, but to realize that the dream sold to you was a lie from its inception—this is the foundation, for many, of anti-Globalist sentiment. Continue reading “The Devil Worshipers Among Us”
I’ve written a bit about modernity over the past couple of years, and in fact, I think the entire QNUW project at this point could be defined as a reaction against it. But the concept is a tricky one, because it’s a term for the very air we breathe in contemporary society. And it’s not something as simplistically defined as “the present day” or even “the present operation of things,” since those would imply that modernity is a definition related to a period of time rather than a term that applies to specific systems of ideologies. Continue reading “What is Modernity?”
Now I’m going to talk about a video game.
I just completed a run-through of some the old Assassin’ Creed 2 and AC: Brotherhood games that first came out back in 2009. It’s hard to believe that was nearly a decade ago, considering how the gameplay itself seems only to have aged a few years. Granted, I played the remastered collection that was released in 2012, so maybe that has something to do with it.
I’m behind the times. Sue me. Continue reading “Assassin’s Creed and the Liberal Narrative”
Atheism, while not necessarily a purely modern phenomenon, remains a staple of the Modern aesthetic. All forms of religious belief are more or less treated with equal amounts of disdain under the neoliberal regime, though the exoticism of alien customs and rites tends to attract a fair share of delusional new-agers and members of the elite who are simply too intelligent to believe in anything. Religious worship native to the historical roots of the West, particularly Catholicism, draws particular ire from the atheist crowd, though any form of Christianity is fair game for ridicule. Continue reading “Godless Traditionalism is a Non-Starter”
The sexual abuse scandal has erupted from a wildfire into a blazing inferno for the Catholic Church, having broken out on multiple fronts. In Pennsylvania, the laity is still reeling from the publication of a gargantuan and exhaustive grand jury report that accuses more than three hundred priests of the sexual abuse of minors over a period of more than half a century. And in Maryland and Washington, DC, the scandalous case of Cardinal McCarrick has taken a huge turn following the publication of an eleven page letter by an ex-Nuncio of the Vatican, Archbishop Carlo Vigano. Both of these things are related, but not in the way you may at first assume. Continue reading “The Church is in Full Tilt: The Abuse Scandal”
2017 was a busy year for Edward Feser, having two hot publications drop within six months of each other. One of them he co-wrote with Joseph M. Bessette on the topic of a Catholic defense of capital punishment, By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed, which I plan on reviewing later this summer. The other, Five Proofs of the Existence of God, has turned out to be one of the best books of its kind in the field of popular apologetics. It brings together into one place all of the work in apologetics and metaphysics that Feser has written about before—particularly in The Last Superstition and in various places of Scholastic Metaphysics and Aquinas—while also adding to his repertoire more fleshed out versions of proofs he had hitherto only briefly touched upon in passing. Continue reading “Five Proofs of the Existence of God – Edward Feser (Ignatius Press, 2017)”
Last year, it came to be announced that Pope Francis had begun talking with the communist Chinese government over the negotiation of the Church’s presence in the country. A bit of background: Catholics in China have a tendency to disappear, but sometimes they’re merely imprisoned for life on any number of possible charges. Religion is not a thing generally looked upon favorably in the PRC, though Xi Jingping’s government does play its understandable favorites; Buddhism and Taoism enjoy a relatively low level of antagonism from the authorities, while just about everyone else could be under threat of spending their lives behind bars if they aren’t completely cooperative with their secular masters. Continue reading “Chinese Catholicism”