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The Modern Age Hardcover – December 5, 2011
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This book proposes to “see” these classical and revelational roots within their modern forms. But we also find the proposition that what exists is only what we make. We find no “truth” but that of our own confection. When we find only our own “truth,” however, we do not really find or know ourselves. We do not cause what it is to be ourselves in the first place. The central truth that the “modern age” does not acknowledge is that its own existence along with that of the world itself is first a gift. When we see the “modern age” in this light we can again rediscover what we really are. Hopefully, we can choose and rejoice in what we are intended to be in any age as the gift of being is something that transcends all ages even while dwelling within them.
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In reflecting on History Fr. Schall makes the point "If what we think is "past" did not actually happen or was different from what took place, we are dealing with ideology, not reality". (p.1) Fr. Schall has a clarity of mind just right for calling things what they are. He is able to restore order to ideas that have been distorted by modern thinking. In his essay "The Brighter side of Hell" he notes the modern "concerted efforts" to eliminate hell altogether. He explains that "Forgiveness in theory becomes not sacramental, but sociological." He brings the reality of eternal punishment back to the forefront and urges us to put things back into their proper order.
He does not work alone, but in communion with the Church Fathers, Saints, Popes and greatest thinkers and philosophers in Western History. As usual, he has a book list Schall's Twenty Books on Understanding The Modern Age.Read more ›
All Schall books are well-written, teach, and are worth reading.