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Aren't we all 'frogpondians' doomed to failure?

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Submitted by Martin J. Malliet (Belgium), Aug 23, 2018 at 06:33

Yes, but how do you know what God's word is? Or more accurately: how it is to be understood? - Conservatives and liberals, I think, also share the assumption that man, by his capacity for reason, participates in divine reason. While not being infallible, of course. - So in all modesty (seriously!) I maintain that the relationship is complicated. And will remain complicated till the end of time.

By the way, Eric Voegelin in an interview in 1973 had this to say about conservatism and liberalism: Q: "In contemporary political thinking, two categories widely used are liberal and conservative. What is your reaction to that dichotomy?" Voegelin: "Oh, that is a pas de deux that has been going on for a long while. It has been perfectly analyzed, for all practical purposes, by Edgar Allan Poe. Before the Civil War apparently, we had some men like Edgar Allan Poe, who could handle such a problem and bring it back to certain original philosophical positions (like the ArisĀ­totelian and Baconist) and poke fun at that. I don't know many American men of letters today who would be educated enough to write a satire on that liberal-conservative tiff as Edgar Allan Poe did. They are too illiterĀ­ate to handle such a problem." - I think Voegelin is referring to 'Eureka' and I'm still reading it - I had no clear idea about Poe, but he is remarkably witty, using words like 'frogpondians'.

https://voegelinview.com/recovering-reality-pt-1/

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