Sunday, January 25, 2015

Healey Willan, T.S. Eliot, and more




  • The music of Healey Willan. This Anglo-Catholic organist's Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena was an Episcopal staple when I was growing up. It left me with the mistaken impression it was centuries old; in a religious context that's a compliment to the composer. Fittingly, seeing as it and the rest of A-Cism pointed the way into the church for me and so many others, I understand that a Catholic group now owns the rights to the music.
  • T.S. Eliot on Christian civilization, from "The Unity of European Civilization": I am talking about the common tradition of Christianity which has made Europe what it is, and about the cultural elements which this common Christianity has brought with it... It is in Christianity that our arts have developed; it is in Christianity that the laws of Europe have — until recently — been rooted. It is against a background of Christianity that all our thought has significance. An individual European may not believe that the Christian faith is true, and yet what he says, and make, and does, will all spring out of his heritage of Christian culture and depend upon that culture for its meaning. Only a Christian could have reproduced a Voltaire or a Nietzsche. I do not believe that the culture of Europe could survive the complete disappearance of the Christian faith. And I am convinced of that not merely because I am a Christian myself, but as a student of social biology. If Christianity goes, the whole of our culture goes. This American-born Anglo-Catholic got it. (From St. Louis, of New England Yankee stock; convert to Anglicanism; naturalized British subject; innovative artistically, reactionary politically and religiously. Which is great.) Progressivism is a Christian heresy.
  • Derb: There's no such thing as "free" community college, and college and indeed books aren't for everyone, which is not a knock on anyone's intelligence. The liberal elite assume everybody wants to be like them.
  • The MCJ on SOTU '15. It's all theater; Punch and Judy as I say. Or the "conservatives" are just the liberals a few decades ago. Stopped voting mainstream nationally in 2000.

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