What is the “West?”

What is this “Western” civilization which is our own? What are the characteristics that define it vis-à-vis others? Are these characteristics proper to its own nature, or are they also... Read More | Share

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Secularism, religion, and the public sphere

The Social Sciences Research Council’s discussion blog, that I just hit upon today, is one of the best blogs of its kind out there that particularily addresses issues in religion and... Read More | Share

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Between East and West, the Spiritual Roots of Europe

Orient-Occident proposes to trace the history of Western art (and of neighboring cultures historically tied to it) in relation to its philosophical/ theological background, beginning with the... Read More | Share

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More Old Roman chants in Latin

The first is a powerful invocation to God titled “Alleluia,” while the second is a chant composed during the period of the Greek popes in Rome (ca. 7th century), and therefore is... Read More | Share

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The Polis vs. modern democracy–II

The essential characteristic of any city, of any polis, is the founding act. This act, played once and for all, embodies a higher, invisible reality, that which allowed the Polis to exist. As such,... Read More | Share

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The Polis vs. modern democracy

It is commonplace to speak of the ancient Greek (or, more exactly, Athenian) democracy, or less commonly nowadays of the Roman Republic, as the ancestor of our modern parliementary democracies.... Read More | Share

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Rome and her legacy

“Rome is an empire, so it was built and maintained by force.” Critics of empire, although acknowledging its benefits, also often bring up this point. Such judgement is, however,... Read More | Share

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