“The two liberalisms were always in tacit, secret alliance. They have now more explicitly fused to proffer the shared creed of the left that recently embraced economic neoliberalism together with an impersonal statism, and the right that has openly espoused cultural liberalism in scorn of its own natural constituency…
“Those Catholics who deny their environmental responsibilities are failing to match both the Church’s belief in science and the Church’s belief that all science should be in service of the moral good.”
“After a necessarily brief sketch of the “Early Church,” Madigan sensibly defines his period as roughly 600–1500. This era teems with the ghosts of historical myths and the products of generations of anticlerical propaganda, which together constitute a multifaceted Black Legend. In the popular mind, medieval Christianity conjures a series of grim events and circumstances, including the Inquisition, heresy hunts, and vicious anti-Semitism. More generally, we might regret the suppression of the authentic zeal of the early church, crushed under the weight of papalism and priestcraft, bureaucracy, and oppressive hierarchy. There are even those who still apply the belittling term Dark Ages to the whole medieval millennium. Madigan’s book provides a wonderful corrective to such myths.”
- The intuitive and the rational—the video presentation is especially good.