By Simone Weil, Simon Leys, Czesław Miłosz
Author note: Simon Leys (Introduction), Czesław Miłosz (Contributor)
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Simone Weil -- thinker, activist, mystic--is essentially the most uncompromising of recent religious masters. In "On the Abolition of All Political Parties" she demanding situations the basis of the fashionable liberal political order, making an issue that has specific resonance this present day, while the apathy and anger of the folks and the self-serving partisanship of the political category current a possibility to democracies around the world. Dissecting the dynamic of energy and propaganda brought on by occasion spirit, the expanding overlook for fact in prefer of opinion, and the resultant corruption of schooling, journalism, and paintings, Weil forcefully makes the case real politics can simply start the place get together spirit ends.
This quantity additionally comprises an admiring portrait of Weil through the nice poet Czeslaw Milosz and an essay approximately Weil's friendship with Albert Camus via the translator Simon Leys.
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Northerners and Southerners both insisted that God was on their side in the Civil War. Most national Protestant denominations split along North–South lines. ’31 At the turn of the twentieth century, memories of the war remained vivid in the minds of aging soldiers who had fought on both sides. The northern victors added ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ to a short list of songs evoking US national identity. With its chorus, ‘Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, God’s Truth is Marching On’ its Biblical resonances were unmistakable.
People broke from Congregationalism to start Baptist churches. Wherever evangelicals perceived elite clergy becoming complacent, intellectualized, or corrupted by establishment status, schisms followed. Since Baptists have (until recently) prided themselves on local autonomy and freedom from central authority, they are a paradigmatic example of the decentralized and schismatic quality of evangelicals. Although they built seminaries like other groups, any farmer-preacher with a Bible and a call to ministry could start a church.
We could, of course, explore each group we have mentioned in more depth, as well as chart interactions among these groups in many situations. For example, westward expansion and the Civil War were both major sociopolitical dramas in which religious actors of many kinds – red, white, and black, male and female, northern and southern, mainstream and alternative – played important roles. Consider the ideology of Manifest Destiny that promoted conquest of territory between the Appalachians and the Pacific.
On the Abolition of All Political Parties by Simone Weil, Simon Leys, Czesław Miłosz