Our Lady and Sheen

How did men become gods?

In modern society, we feel this insatiable need to be the masters of our own destiny.  Love becomes something that benefits us; Hope is only for us; Charity makes us feel better; self-sacrifice insures that we will be remembered kindly; blogging puts our ideas out for everyone to see us, etc.

The roots of this philosophical affront to our Heavenly Lord is traced back to what Diane Moczar calls “The Protestant Catastrophe,” in here book “Ten Dates Every Catholic Should know.”  The review of the reasons behind the rebellion of Calvin, Luther, and of Henry VIII (although that is seen as more brute rebellion than theological debate), is deep, but easily read.  The understanding of the theology, but more importantly the philosophy, of these heresies connects well with the marketplace (literally) of ideas available at the time, and fit in well with the individualistic notions of “proto-capitalism,” as Moczar sees it.

Even after cleaning a wound, a scar persists, and one of the scars of the Protestant revolt is that of the imprint of their philosophy of individualism.  Moczar sees this as the defining moment into what I see as our most modern heresy, making ourselves god.

This process [of Protestantism’s philosophy] continues.  Indeed, private judgement has reached its logical conclusion in the self-worship of modern man: from “every man his own pope,” during the Reformation, to “every man his own king” in the revolutionary period that followed, it is now “every man his own god.” … [W]e have all been affected by the intellectual climate change originally introduced by the Protestant mentality. (pg 113-114)

Our Lady of Atonement, pray for us.

St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.

St. John of the Cross, pray for us.

St. Teresa of Avila, pray for us.

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April 10, 2012 - Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , ,

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