Saturday, December 27, 2008

The heresy of historicism
Every generation of church reformers from the thirteenth century to the eighteenth seized on Joachim of Fiore’s ideas and claimed that their own arrival marked the coming of the age of Liberty; every generation of church conservatives stood Joachim on his head, insisted that the three ages marked the progressive loss of divine guidance, and portrayed the arrival of the latest crop of reformers as Satan’s final offensive. As secular thought elbowed theology aside, in turn, Joachim’s notion of history as the working out of a divine plan got reworked into secular theories of humanity’s grand destiny.
From Joshua.

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