When I wrap up a year’s worth of blog posts from John J. Reilly, I go back and collect any stray essays or reviews that I missed from that year. This is a masterpiece of John’s, an extended reflection on a book written by Joseph Ratzinger before he
Since John points to his 1996 essay on Noospheres here, I went and updated that essay with a table of contents and hyperlinks. I've always found the Drake equation to be something of a category mistake, but I at least appreciate people attempting to think things through. The Fermi Paradox;
This is a fine example of John's best work. In retrospect, President George W. Bush did some crazy things, but his critics were often even crazier. An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion & American Empire By Michael Northcott I.B. Tauris Co Ltd., 2004 200 Pages, US$35.00 ISBN
The Gray Havens Table of Contents An Explanation A Disclaimer (1) The Downfall of Rivendell (2) Weathertop (3) Bree (4) The Old Forest (5) Buckland (6) The Conquered Shire (7) The Prefect of Bag End (8) North & West (9) The Tower Hills (10) The End of the World An Explanation
I don't have much to add to this fine book review of a biography of St. Augustine, other than to highlight this: John of Eclanum Augustine: A Biography By Peter Brown University of California Press, 2000 Originally Published 1967 548 Pages, Various Prices ISBN 0-520-22757-3 A Review By John J.
In a remarkable coincidence, I happen to be fairly close to Point Pleasant, NJ today. I have noticed a lack of apocalyptic activity. I also note that anagnorisis, or recognition of a newborn society rising in triumph around a still somewhat mysterious hero and his bride, can be used to
Political philosophy is my favorite after natural philosophy. The question of how we are to order our lives together is perennially interesting, although most people probably prefer a less theoretical approach. Leo Strauss is also fascinating because of his association with the idea of esoteric writing. John pooh-poohs the idea