A new analysis by Italian scientists of the Shroud of Turin using X-ray technology proves that the famous cloth dates back 2,000 years, contrary to the medieval origin suggested by the disputed 1988 carbon-14 analysis.
The attendance of a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion during Holy Week has long been a staple of the educated bourgeoisie. But what once used to be a reverent experience, is in danger of becoming increasingly demystified. A plea for awe.
That is what the world is desperately yearning for, which is why people still flock to their churches to kneel down and kiss the Cross on Good Friday. Most may not fully understand why they are there, but they know that Christ did not give his life so that we would remain the same. He gave his life so that, having crucified the old self, the burden of bondage would be lifted forever.
I have dedicated much of my life to studying the great philosophers and scholars of our civilisation, but from none have I learned as much about true human flourishing as I have from the peasant girl of Nettuno.
What Augustine witnessed in his friend—that interior opposition between fidelity to the peace of Christ and addiction to violence—Joseph de Maistre presented at the societal level. Why was it that, prior to the arrival of Christianity, every culture practiced sacrifice, including human sacrifice? The reason, for Maistre, was that every society was seeking in nature what could only come by supernatural intervention.
At a time when religion is routinely mocked as “anti-intellectual,” dismissed as prejudice or superstition or baseless opinion, the author of this book shows that, on the contrary, the true religion has the power of reason as well as the best minds of Western philosophy on its side.