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I must live in a weird parallel universe, because the Catholic "trads" I encountered online (back when they were first breaking into the mainstream) were all gay socialists who attended a bootleg Latin mass and made obscure memes about church history and medieval theology.

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Please keep these conversations coming. Mieville, Vickers, Robbins, Dwight Schrute, that handsome bald man who teaches Latin, and now Ed Simon.

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Can Bloom’s “I do not agree” really mean anything other than “All shall not be saved”?

Quite an anecdote given the proximity to his death. I wonder if his disagreement shakes you more than your typical interlocutors?

I mean the fact that it came from comically learned, man of letters type w/ no dogmatic commitments

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He calls Pittsburgh a Catholic city and it's one of the more concentrated Orthodox cities in the country. >.<

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I really enjoyed this discussion. Thank you. Can you steer me toward some "catch up" reading? I don't know about the so-called "Baroque Thomism" or its revival. Also, where can I learn more about your claim at about 16:34 - "It is modernity recapitulated from its most catastrophic moment, precisely the thing that led to the secularization of culture and the collapse of what they understand to be Christendom." I'm intrigued but want to learn more. Many thanks!

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I have a recollection, perhaps delusion, of you mentioning a conversation between yourself and Jordan Wood. Is that happening?

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founding

After re-reading through the article I posted here by Daniel Heck, I discovered some problems I'd overlooked. So, deleted it.

Also, it is off-topic here. Apologies.

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Feb 17, 2023·edited Feb 17, 2023

Hey David. I tried to edit my previous post but I don't know how to. I didn't see it after I went back to the thread. I assume it was deleted, which is fine as it wasn't that important of a comment anyway. I wasn't really thinking clearly when I wrote it, so please forgive me. It was just something about Dawkins. Thanks.

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I imagine your New Testament, which I'll receive the 2nd edition soon, would be parallel in many ways to my copy of the CLNT. I'm excited read your book all the way through as well as ..All Saved and .. History of Christianity, etc. I've not yet made it through your books yet due to starting so many at once, plus I'm still adjusting to my new married life. I know, excuses, excuses! For the record, yours are at the top of my list!

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I wanted to apologize for my previous entry, for being somewhat crass in my language. I wasn't able to edit my comment after I refreshed the page.

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Feb 16, 2023·edited Feb 16, 2023

Great conversation between the two main participants and the guest star.

Ed Simon made a very astute observation about the way in which Twitter shapes our use of the language. I am embarrassed to admit that I have adopted quite a few expressions from that wretched place. One person who seems to be immune to the allures of Twitter’s simplicity is John Milbank, who somehow manages to maintain his sophisticated style even within this limited format and to produce such gems: “Schelling was a genius who repays much study; greater than Hegel. Yet he oscillated between seeing relation as finite and fallen and conflictual and God as pure identity, and putting conflictual relationality in God. He failed to think orthodox and peaceful substantive relation.”

That being said, for me Twitter is an indispensable source for getting news. You just need to create an anonymous account (in order to protect yourself against the consequences of incidentally liking a controversial tweet), follow some insiders and news sites specializing in the field you are interested in, and you will receive relevant news faster than any newspapers.

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David, I would love to see you in conversation with the British novelist Paul Kingsnorth.

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These interviews are always so interesting. Thank you, David!

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