Thursday, April 24, 2008


College roommates of mine may remember the "Basta ya, no mas brutalidad" signs I came home with from Chicago protests. The rush of fraternizing with what was left of the black panther party was just that, a rush. That's why R.R. Reno, in Opium and Revolution, is so right about why Marx was so wrong. Revolution is the drug; religion the smelling salt.

Also, in light of John Henry Newman's pending beatification, don't neglect this quote of his (via Oakes) that summarizes so much of Newman's project, a project that turns pluralism on its head:
"[T]he doctrine of a Trinity is found both in the East and in the West; so is the ceremony of washing; so is the rite of sacrifice. The doctrine of the Divine Word is Platonic; the doctrine of the Incarnation is Indian; of a divine kingdom is Judaic; of Angels and demons is Magian [Zoroastrian]; the connection of sin with the body is Gnostic; celibacy is known to Bonze and Talapoin [Burmese and Cambodian Buddhists]; a sacerdotal order is Egyptian; the idea of a new birth is Chinese and Eleusinian [pagan Greek]; belief in sacramental virtue is Pythagorean; and honors to the dead are a polytheism.... [Yet] So far from her creed being of doubtful credit because it resembles foreign theologies, we even hold that one special way in which Providence has imparted divine knowledge to us has been by enabling her to draw and collect it together out of the world."
Furthermore, should one not have time to work through the Benedict addresses, this quote I came across from Carl A. Anderson adequately encapsulates his pontifical teaching thus far: "His encyclicals make a great effort to explain why... Christian hope differs from simple optimism or the secular idea of progress, and why Christian charity differs from government welfare or social services."

And finally, a few shots of Princeton in Spring.