October 16, 2006

BUT REASON WORKED SO WELL ON PAPER:

Nietzsche was wrong: a review of Republicanism, Religion, and the Soul of America By Ellis Sandoz (Thomas E. Brewton, October 16, 2006, Enter Stage Right)

Republicanism, Religion and the Soul of AmericaProfessor Ellis Sandoz's new book, Republicanism, Religion, and the Soul of America, demonstrates that Nietzsche's obituary for God was premature. Failure of atheistic socialism and today's developing world-confrontation with Islamic jihad make it impossible to ignore the reality of God, the Creator of our world.

Professor Sandoz, according to the publisher's summary, "Explores the role of Christianity, including John Wesley and the Great Awakening revival, in the formation of the American Republic; also considers Eric Voegelin's contributions to the philosophy of religious experience. Argues that modern republicanism grounds human dignity in spiritual individualism, thereby generating democratic agency for self-government under Divine Providence."

My own summation of the book is that our nation was founded by men and women who were deeply aware of human imperfection and recognized that just and effective political order depends upon faith in God's love to moderate sinfulness. Moreover this was a realistic view of human nature, as contrasted to the Enlightenment doctrine that humans were entirely benevolent in Rousseau's state of nature and were corrupted by the advent of private property. The simple proof is that our Constitution worked, and the endless succession of French socialist constitutions always crumbled under the impact of reality.


Posted by Orrin Judd at October 16, 2006 8:57 AM
Comments

Anyone see this new kids' CGI movie coming out?

A bunch of animals put their paws in the air and say, "I surrender" then a crack about the frogs from the other set of animals.

Posted by: Sandy P at October 16, 2006 9:48 AM
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