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Israel and Revelation by Eric Voegelin (1956). Volume I of Order and History.

Israel and Revelation by Eric Voegelin (1956). Volume I of Order and History.

Choice quote: "A Prophet can hear and communicate the word of God, but he is neither a Philosopher or a Saint."

Josef Pieper writes thick and thin books: books that are short but packed. Eric Voegelin wrote a five-volume set that is thick and thick: Order and History. I'll never have a reading experience like Voegelin's. I read nothing but Voegelin for nearly a year, and Order and History occupied most of those twelve months. But it was worth it. Reading has a way to seep into your mind whether you're conscious of it or not. The thread between revelation and philosophy grows into a strong rope in Voegelin's hands. Prophet and Saint and Philosopher. They're all different, but they have a common ground: they're aware of the transcendent. That transcendental triumvirate stands athwart modern culture, which is mired in a mundane mud we're stuck with after the Reformation shattered Christendom, leaving a barren land, and the Enlightenment poured water all over it without first fertilizing or planting any seeds. It's necessary to get out of the mud, one soul at a time. Voegelin isn't a good place to start for those who want to clean themselves up. He's too complicated. But his books are like buckets of clean water dumped over your head.

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The World of the Polis by Eric Voegelin (1957). Volume II of Order and History

The World of the Polis by Eric Voegelin (1957). Volume II of Order and History

Studies in Classic American Literature by D. H. Lawrence (1923)

Studies in Classic American Literature by D. H. Lawrence (1923)