Medievalism; A Reply to Cardinal Mercier

Medievalism; A Reply to Cardinal Mercier

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...the synthesis of scholastic theology must be and is already shattered to pieces. Gladly as I welcome the more living and flexible syntheses of the Philosophy of Action, yet so far as they ignore or evade any of these inconvenient facts or attempt to dictate to history in the old style, I have no patience with them. I will not listen to any argument ex inconvenienti; "facts are what they are; and their consequences will be what they will be." Hence, though it is not in my department to bring forward or discuss these disconcerting facts, they are before my eyes in all that I write, and guide the course of my pen as so many rocks and reefs that I must get round or get over as best I may, but with which I must never come into collision. My one preoccupation is to wind my sinuous way between them so as to save all that is best in my cargo of traditional dogmatic teaching. Hence your assumption that I am little or in no wise preoccupied with traditional dogmatic teachings or with the history of the Church is as far from the truth as could well be. HIS KANTIAN PREPOSSESSIONS NEXT, Your Eminence proceeds to show that what you call my "system" is powerfully influenced by the Protestant philosophy of Kant, with its theory of religious certitude. But surely the notion that God is attained, not by science or syllogisms, but by action and experience is considerably older than Kant. I do not suppose that Pascal or S. Augustine, or the great Catholic mystics, or S. Paul, or the Fourth Gospel were influenced by Kant. To imagine that the Protestantism of my boyhood was poisoned with Kantian infiltrations is amusing for any one who knows the dry-as-dust, hard scholastic rationalism of the old-fashioned Anglican theology. One might as well more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236493400
  • 9781236493408