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THE APOCALYPSE OF BEING – REVIEW OF A REVELATION

The Apocalypse of Being: The Esoteric Gnosis of Martin Heidegger. Mario Enrique Sacchi. Translated by Gabriel Xavier Martinez. St. Augustine’s Press, 2002. 146 pp. $28.00. ISBN1-890318-04-3.
            The philosophical thought about Being, as presented by Martin Heidegger in a plethora of profound, dense and confusing works, has been the source of much debate amongst philosophers. In this book Mario Enrique Sacchi sets out to take Heidegger’s doctrine of Being by the horns, and show it for what it is – an esoteric and pagan Gnosticism. We will first consider the purpose of the book, and then how the author went about attaining this purpose. We will finish with some thoughts about the relative use of the book.
            The author explains that the purpose of this book is to “expose the consequences of his [Heidegger’s] rejection of the metaphysical understanding of being as such and of the act by which all the things that are exist.”[1] The author states at the beginning that he ass…

Pourquoi étudier la Philosophie?

Pourquoi est-ce qu'on voudrait étudier la philosophie? Il me semble que c'est tout théorique, mais pas en toute pratique. 
Je veux éliminer ta peur tout de suite. Mais pour faire ça, il faut faire un peu de philosophie. La philosophie est l'amour de la sagesse. Qu'est-ce que la sagesse? Il y a plusieurs réponses à cette question, ils reviennent tous à la connaissance des causes. Tu vas dire, ça n'a aucun rapport, la sagesse est en rapport avec comment bien vivre sa vie, et, selon les proverbes la sagesse commence avec la crainte (ce qui veut dire, respecte) de Dieu. Tu dirais vrai, mais tu n'irais pas assez loin. Qu'est-ce qu'on veut dire quand on dit que quelqu'un sait comment vivre? On est en train de dire qu'il sait comment il devrait agir dans chaque circonstance, et ce qu'il devrait poursuivre comme étant bons. Cette connaissance est une connaissance des causes de l'action. C'est à dire, un personne qui sait ce qui est bon, et …

A REVIEW OF WISDOM IN THE FACE OF MODERNITY

Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: A Study in Thomistic Natural Theology. Thomas Joseph White. Sapienta Press, 2009. 320 pp. $39.95. ISBN 978-1-932589-55-9.
            Natural Theology has come on hard times ever since it was attacked by Immanuel Kant, and Martin Heidegger, and fell into disrepute among many protestant denominations (especially the reformed movements initiated by Jean Calvin and Martin Luther). Many Christian thinkers have stayed away from this topic for fear of rebuke from their religious denominations or fear of disdain from the philosophical and scientific community. Thomas Joseph White has no such fear, and sets out boldly to confront the main critiques to natural theology coming from both the philosophical and theological communities. In this review I will be primarily providing an overview of the main themes touched on in this book, as well as providing my opinion concerning the relative worth of this book.
            The purpose of this book, according to White, …

A REVIEW OF CHRIST AND TIME BY OSCAR CULLMAN

Christ and Time: The Primitive Christian Conception of Time and History, 3rd edition. Oscar Cullman. Translated from German by Floyd V. Filson. SCM Press Ltd., 1962.
            This book, by Oscar Cullman, who is also the author of the book The Christology of the New Testament, and a plethora of other books concerning New Testament Interpretation and Theology, seeks to outline how, according to Cullman, the early church interpreted history and time. Seeking to stay as far away from any philosophical influences Cullman wishes to explain what the proper Christian understanding of History is according to scripture. In a sense this book is a contribution to the philosophy of history, but, Cullman does not wish it to be seen this way, rather, he wishes to show how history should be interpreted, in light of the truth of Christianity. This review will begin by explaining the purpose of this book, followed by an outline of the way in which the author accomplishes his purpose. Finally we will…