Tom and Jerry: Defenders of All Things Right and Good

Saturday, December 16, 2006

It is here

The latest issue of FIRST THINGS is sitting in my mailbox. It features an essay by Avery Cardinal Dulles entitled "Love, The Pope and C.S. Lewis." Yes, I am salivating. No, I will not read it until I have cleaned out my house.


  • "No, I will not read it until I have cleaned out my house."

    Dude, if I enacted such a rule, there would be a stack of unread issues of "First Things" somewhere in my apartment. I say "somewhere" because I would not be able to locate them amongst the clutter....

    By Blogger Jerry, at Sunday, December 17, 2006 4:31:00 PM  

  • got your new issue? I went home and peeked in the mailbox after I read your post and my issue has not arrived. I hope to have it before I board the plane for El Paso on Friday....

    The article I'm most looking forward to is "Maritain's America". I don't know the degree to which you are familiar with Jacques Maritain, but the guy kicks all kinds of butt. I didn't read any of his stuff in my philo at ND, but in my various readings in the few years after we graduated, I would occasionally run across a quote by him on one topic or another and find him quite profound. I decided to look him up on the internet in 1999, and found that 8 of the first 10 or so references to him came from the U. of Notre Dame archives. A few mouse-clicks later, I found out that this world-renown philosopher used to be a regular "Guest Professor" at ND in the '50s and '60s, teaching seminars and such, and that the seventh floor of the library houses the Jacques Maritain Center. My biggest regret from my ND days is that I didn't tack on at least a minor in philosophy....

    Oh, well.

    By Blogger Jerry, at Monday, December 18, 2006 12:15:00 PM  

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