Everything is (not) Broken, by Francis X. Maier

Daily Scripture Reading and Meditation: This Is the Lord – We Have Waited for Him
November 30, 2022
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*Image: Judith Beheading Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi, c. 1620 [Uffizi Gallery (Gallery of the Statues and Paintings), Florence, Italy]. Captivated by the Jewish widow’s beauty, the Assyrian general is decapitated by her. Her courage saves her people.

By Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing, Nov.30, 2022

Francis X. Maier is a senior fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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Every so often an article appears that demands to be shared.  So I’m doing that here.  If you do nothing else in the coming week, read N.S. Lyons’s recent essay on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and technocracy at his Substack site, The Upheaval.  It’s worth every minute of your time.

And note that the name “Lyons” is a pseudonym.  In real life, the author is an analyst working in the U.S. foreign policy community.  The Upheaval is not a religious site; it covers a wide range of global topics.  But Lyons’s skills go well beyond the mechanics of foreign policy.

His grasp of Tolkien and Lewis is impressive.  He argues that “their stories and non-fiction essays contain warnings that [strike] more surely to the heart of our emerging 21st-century dystopia than any other.”  He adds: …

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