Etienne Gilson

The Cross, the Crescent, or the Swastika?

If the past month has been chaotic in America, it has seen some bloody scenes here in Europe. On the morning of October 29, a 21-year old Tunisian national entered the Basilica of Notre Dame in Nice, France began knifing the three people he found there. He virtually severed the head of an elderly lady, [...]

Why Bother Going to College?

In his famous introductory chapter to A Guide for the Perplexed, the economist E. F. Schumacher talked of his “perplexity” at going to Oxford, perhaps the most famous university in the world. The title of Schumacher’s book was the same as that of a book of the medieval Jewish philosopher, Moses Maimonides. The perplexity of [...]

Piety? Who Needs Piety?

"What do you think you're doing!" cried the great scientist to the soldier, as he leaned over his tracings in the sand. The soldier -- who had no idea who the man was, and how much his commander wanted him alive -- slew him on the spot.   Had his world needed the works of [...]

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