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Remi Brague on the Law of God

Here’s a good review of a great book. Does "modernity" depend on a faith it has only apparently rejected? The reviewer criticizes Brague, with some justice, for not giving appropriate attention to Locke and the American "regime." So does Locke depend on a faith he has only apparently rejected? Or, as Ratzinger/Benedict says, is the modern world movements toward de-Christianization and de-Hellenization working at cross-purposes? Any adequate response to "what is modernity?" can’t be reduced to a single overarching answer or narrative. (Thanks to Mark Henrie and the Brague fan club.)

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That's a terrific book that hasn't gotten enough play--Brague deserves to be read by us all.

For the most part the things our society values as good - don't abuse children, tend to the sick and injured instead of leaving them to die, etc. are the result of Christianity. Our culture values them but no longer knows why. Unless it remember's "why"... it will revert to the values of the brute and have only it's unbelief to blame. Brague's book helps us remember that.

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