…is now available in the US (as well as in Europe). I think it not only one of the best books on political philosophy in decades, but also an important work of ecclesiology. Update: The Kindle edition is coming out tomorrow (March 16th).
Over at Church Life Journal I have an article up responding to a critique of integralism by Timothy Troutner. I give an exposition of the goods of hierarchy and obedience, and how true freedom and equality depend on them. I argue that the exercise of temporal power for spiritual ends can be a good, albeit … Continue reading Integralism and the Lamb that was Slain
Artur Rosman invited me to write something on integralism for Church Life Journal, and so it went up today under the title “What Is Integralism Today?“— a reference to Balthasar’s “Integralismus heute“. Here is a snip: All political agents, whether they admit it or not, imply some definite conception of the good for man in their action. As … Continue reading Integralism Today
Over at the bloggingheads spinoff meaningoflife.tv I have a conversation with Aryeh Cohen-Wade, in which we discuss the Mortara case, debates about liberalism and integralism among Catholics, and finally the monastic life. The conversation was enjoyable, though I was a bit groggy from flu and flu medications. We discussed an interesting essay by Nathan Shields … Continue reading Mortara, Integralism, Liberalism, and Monastic Life
Over at The Josias I attempt a response to Hans Urs von Balthasar’s critique of integralism.
In an intelligent piece on six different Christian responses to political liberalism, Jake Meador, the energetic editor of Mere Orthodoxy, vice-president of The Davenant Trust, proper football blogger, and old-fashioned Magisterial Protestant, gives serious attention to Catholic Integralism. He also features Catholic Integralism in an amusing quiz: What Political Theology Are You? It pleases me that the term “Integralism” has caught on … Continue reading Meador, Feil, and Smith on Integralism and Dyarchy
Originally posted on The Josias:
Catholic Integralism is a tradition of thought that rejects the liberal separation of politics from concern with the end of human life, holding that political rule must order man to his final goal. Since, however, man has both a temporal and an eternal end, integralism holds that there are two powers…
I have posted an essay over at The Josias in which I give my fullest account to date of what I call “integralism.” I argue that integralism gives the most satisfactory reading of Pope St. Gelasius’s teaching on the relation of the auctoritas sacrata of pontiffs and the potestas of emperors. I also consider the postmodern, Augustinian radicalism of … Continue reading Auctoritas, Potestas, and Integralism
In Christian political integralism the idea of order has great importance. The primary intrinsic common good of the political community is, I have argued, the good of the order of peace. This comes from a view of creation according to which that which God primarily intends in creation is the good of the order of the … Continue reading Islamic Integralism: A Subtle Difference
If patriotism and love of liberty are beautiful things when well ordered, they are remarkably ugly when disordered. John Brungardt has asked me to respond to a particularly outrageous example of disordered love of liberty from John Zmirak. Zmirak attacks what he calls “illiberal Catholicism” — a name which he applies to (among others) Fr. Michael Baxter … Continue reading Integralism