In Defense of Jacques Maritain
I have been writing on Jacques Maritain's political thought off and on for a decade, but I have published little of what I've written on the subject. Recent ill-founded attacks and mis-readings of his work prompted this Defense. I do think it is more than a defense, however. It is also a chance to take stock of the failure of modern polities, the dangers of secularism, and the need for a condign vision of the Church itself and the ineradicable desire for God that drives human nature -- to fulfillment or miscarriage. Click the picture of a younger Jacques (whose birthday was two days ago, November 18th) to read my essay.
It has been an otherwise quiet month. I have new work in verse and prose forthcoming, and am about to begin writing more in my Notes on Form series of essays. There will be a great deal coming, and quite soon, too. But all of that pales in comparison to my delight and anticipation of The Strangeness of the Good, which is due to appear just eleven days from now. I'll be doing several interviews and Zoom/virtual events related to the book, as we wait for the present catastrophe to move on. Live events promise to be chock-full in the summer and fall, if that occurs.
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