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LOGOS IS RISING

2/25/21

Logos Rising
There has never been a time when there was nothing, because if there were ever nothing, there could never be something. There has never been a time when there was nothing but chaos. Order cannot come from chaos, because that which is cannot come from that which is not.

There has never been a time when man was not aware of an ultimate reality upon which he depended for his existence.

The first name man gave to that ultimate reality was God. In every language and culture, God was a father who lived in the sky. But if God was a father, did he have a beard? If God was a father, did he have a wife? The first attempt to deduce the characteristics of God from the world man knew, ended up in the dead end known as mythology, whose best expression was Homer’s Iliad. At around the same time that Homer’s epic went from oral to written form, a group of Greeks in Ionia on the coast of Asia Minor abandoned mythology and began to look for some substance in nature as the basis for ultimate reality. Thales of Miletus said it was water. Anaxamines said it was air, and Heraclitus said it was fire, but fire was an expression of something more basic, and he claimed that the most basic principle of all was Logos.

Five hundred years later, St. John the Evangelist brought this discussion full circle when he said that in the beginning there was Logos, and Logos was God. God, it turns out,  was a father, but he didn’t have a beard or a wife. God was Logos.

Logos wasn’t simply an abstract principle like geometry or physics, although it certainly was both of those things. Logos was a person who had the power to bring that plan into fulfillment over the course of human history. Time was no longer just the number of motion, as Aristotle claimed. Time was a drama with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It was like the Greek plays Aristotle described in his Poetics. And because we were creatures of Logos we could now understand that plan in the same way that the Greeks of Athens understood Oedipus Rex. The history of logos found its culmination in the logos of history. Logos is rising.

Author: Dr E Michael Jones

https://www.fidelitypress.org/logos-rising

 


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The Three Scientific Heresies

2/25/21

Dr Wolfgang Smith
 "Wisdom is glorious, and never fadeth away, and is easily seen by them that love her, and is found by them that seek her." Wis 6:13

The deeply philosophical and Catholic work of Dr. Wolfgang Smith needs to be read, discussed, and diffused as widely as possible, especially in Catholic intellectual circles – most especially within the Catholic presbyterate. The venerable mathematician-philosopher-physicist extraordinaire has just penned a small masterpiece of a booklet entitled, Three Scientistic Heresies, that he wants to put into the hands of as many thinkers as possible. https://philos-sophia.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Three-Scientistic-Heresies.pdf

While the goal is to get this work into the hands of as many priests as possible, the work was not exclusively written for priests, but to all those who have eyes to see and ears to hear — I have read it; it is excellent! 


 


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The Great Awakening of Philosophy and Critical Thinking

2/25/21

Dr Wolfgang Smith
Dr Wolfgang Smith, one of the greatest minds in modern times, has an important work coming out soon: The Vertical Ascent. Scientism is over with and critical thinking is back!
https://philos-sophia.org/vlog-introducing-vertical-ascent/

 


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