Etienne Gilson

The Liberal Religion

Some time ago I argued in a magazine column that liberalism has developed in recent decades from a rigidly secular political philosophy into a this-worldly religion with its own more or less developed though unsystematic dogma based on faith and a reciprocal concept of heresy, its own unwritten creed and sacramental system, a loose rhetorical [...]

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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