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The Pessimistic Cultural Atmosphere of Petrarch's Christendom

By the late middle ages, western Christianity contained within it the distinctly pessimistic anthropology I described in my previous post. As I noted, this contrasted sharply with the anthropological vision of the east, recently defended by Gregory Palamas in the form of hesychasm. 784 more words


Germany's suicide?

There’s been a lot of talk about the New Year’s Eve incidents in Cologne and other cities, both in German and US news outlets (it’s rare that a NYT article gets over 2000 comments…). 913 more words

Michel Houellebecq and Donald Trump

Less than 4 weeks after the Paris massacre and in the middle of an increasingly disgusting Republican primary election I have to jot down 2 loosely connected thoughts. 314 more words