Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Revolutionary

I do not know how this post for October 8 by Daniel Mitsui escaped me, but here it is now.

The word revolutionary is not a compliment. (Neither is the word humanist, which is used far more often in Catholic discourse, but that is a topic for another time.) Its use as a compliment is more worrisome than a mere malapropism; it reveals the frightening degree to which an antitraditional culture has infected the religious mind. For the last several centuries, history has been written by the humanists, the reformers, the enlightenmentarians and the modernists. Their legacy is one of death, failure, and the destruction of everything that was ever good, beautiful and true in mediaeval Christendom. Of course, they do not want to admit this, so in writing their histories, they proposed the most fantastic of fallacies - that change is good in itself, and that their heroes were great precisely because they changed things so much. Never mind that the changes were for the worse; the important thing is that they were original and influential.
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2 comments:

Wendy WaterBirde said...

Oh yes. Its amazing how much the middle ages are distorted into the "dark ages"', when in reality the beauty and spirituality then were perhaps richer than any other time. I just love the middle ages...

Peaceful Week,

Wendy

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

For the last several centuries, history has been written by the humanists, the reformers, the enlightenmentarians and the modernists.

The aforementioned thinkers themselves like to say that history is written by the "winners"--by which they mean that history is only the "official" version of events, not necessarily the truth. Not that I agree at all with what they're saying, but it's quite ironic how their favourite way of discrediting those they disagree with has come back to bite them in the bum!