Author Archives: Tim Enloe

Some Important Talking Points on “Postmodernism” (II)

[First, the obligatory disclaimer. Doubtless some readers more acquainted with philosophy than I am will dispute some of what is written below, and feel that some important issues have been left untouched or seriously inadequately explained. Nevertheless, what I'm trying … Continue reading

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Some Important Talking Points on “Postmodernism” (I)

[First, the obligatory disclaimer. Doubtless some readers more acquainted with philosophy than I am will dispute some of what is written below, and feel that some important issues have been left untouched or seriously inadequately explained. Nevertheless, what I'm trying … Continue reading

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Reform Is Easier Said Than Done

Frustrated by seemingly interminable discussions about the abstract principles of reform and little to no concrete actions taken to make reform happen, John of Segovia wrote in 1434 of the various ranks of clergy at the Council of Basel: Certainly … Continue reading

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He Who Finds a Wife Finds a Good Thing

So says Proverbs 18:22, and in that light I have an even happier announcement to make than the one I made a couple of months ago: I went to Nevada his past weekend to see Heidi, and while there I … Continue reading

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“The Hungry Ones Place Their Hope in Spam”

I’ve been tutoring some folks in Latin once a week for the last couple of months. So tonight I’m checking the homework of one of them, which is largely about fifth declension words–i.e., words such as “spes” (hope). Well, at … Continue reading

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On Toleration and the Disintegration of Religion

In the spirit of my older entry on “Intolerant Tolerance,” here’s an extremely interesting quote from James Anthony Froude on the apparent organic relationship between the Modern doctrine of “tolerance” and the decline of Christianity as the shaper of culture … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Rings in Latin!

Now this is just way cool: an ongoing translation of the Lord of the Rings into Latin! Here’s his rendition of the rhyme about the Ring, first the English from Tolkien and then “Earendilyon”’s Latin: The Ring poem Three Rings … Continue reading

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On the Council of Trent (I)

I’ve been looking at the Council of Trent (as time allows) for a few months, working on understanding it in its natural context, the 150-year long attempt of reforming elements within the Church to overcome the oppressive, entrenched corruption of … Continue reading

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On Two Kinds of Reformers

In the spirit of my older entry “St. Augustine on the Evils of Cultural Perfectionism,” here’s an interesting quote about the immediate context of the Reformation, from one who if not Protestant himself was at least very sympathetic to Protestantism: … Continue reading

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Concilii Tridentini eviscerator

Medieval guys often had cool Latin descriptions appended to their names, and the trend continued at least as far as the late 16th century-early 17th century historian Paolo Sarpi, whose work I recently discovered mentioned in a journal article, and … Continue reading

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