Things I have posted recently
- The Year of Covid: Political religion and the Cultural Wars. Part 2.6. The Utilitarians: the birth of economics as a science. 18/04/2023
- The Year of Covid 19: Political Religion and the Culture Wars. Part 2.5. The Utilitarians I: Elie Halévy and the Philosophical Radicals 1750-1867. 12/02/2023
- The Year of Covid 19: Political Religion and the Culture Wars. Part 2.4. The EU’s legacy: 1789-1914: Science, Nature, Necessity. 29/03/2022
- The year of Covid 19: Political Religion and the Culture Wars. Part 2.3: The EU’s legacy, 1492-1789: Europe enters into the Devil’s Anus. 03/02/2022
- The Year of Covid 19: Political Religion and the Culture Wars: Part 2.2: The EU’s Legacy from the Middle Ages. 30/06/2021
- The Year of Covid 19: Political religion and the culture wars. Part 2. 1. Europe’s legacy: the first fifteen hundred years to AD 410. 26/02/2021
- The year of Covid-19: political religion and the culture wars.Part 1. 16/12/2020
- The UK Internal Market Bill: Supranational v. International law 14/09/2020
- China in the World: Chapter 3 Sino-US relations – a stable instability. 11/07/2020
- China in the World: Chapter 2 China becomes the prime global manufacturing and trading platform. 27/06/2020
- China in the World: Chapter 1. From backwater to world power. 16/05/2020
- China, coronavirus and the politics of paranoia 25/04/2020
- Brexit and the British Constitution: Part V. Modernisation or Vandalism? 09/04/2020
- Brexit and the British Constitution: Part IV. The pre-1945 Roots of British Supranationalism. 10/01/2020
- Brexit and the British Constitution: Part III. Efficiency, Parliamentary Sovereignty, Bureaucracy. 02/12/2019
- The Supreme Court’s judgement on Prime Minister Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament: Part IV. New law or constitutional aberration? 06/11/2019
- The Supreme Court’s judgement on Prime Minister Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament: Part III. Assessment. 06/11/2019
- The Supreme Court’s judgement on Prime Minister Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament: Part II. The Arguments for and against. 06/11/2019
- The Supreme Court judgement on Prime Minister Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament: Part I: Definitions and timeline. 06/11/2019
- Apocalypse and Guilt: Why Savonarola and Greta differ. 01/10/2019
Tag Archives: Christianity
The year of Covid 19: Political Religion and the Culture Wars. Part 2.3: The EU’s legacy, 1492-1789: Europe enters into the Devil’s Anus.
This is the fourth chapter in the series on cultural wars. The first essay sets the scene in the post-1990 decades; the second takes us back to the Jewish, Greek, Roman and Christian roots of European culture; the third essay … Continue reading
Posted in American Revolution, Christianity, culture wars, English Civil War, Europe, French Revolution, International law, Machiavelli, Martin Luther, Slavery, society of states, The Enlightenment, the EU, The United States, Treaty of Westphalia, Uncategorized, United Kingdom Tagged 1492, American Revolution, Christianity, Europe Spain France Great BritainGrotius, French Revolution, Martin Luther, Reformation, Slavery, The Emperor Charles V, The Enlightenment, The Papacy, Treaty of Treatt of Westphalia 1 Comment
The Year of Covid 19: Political religion and the culture wars. Part 2. 1. Europe’s legacy: the first fifteen hundred years to AD 410.
The draft Constitution for Europe, and then the Lisbon Treaty finally signed by all EU member states in late 2007, failed to reference Europe’s Christian legacy in its Preamble. The text that made it through to the preamble of the … Continue reading
Posted in Christianity, Constitutional law, Emperor Constantine, Europe, Greece, Israel, Rome, the EU, The Greeks, The Jews Tagged Aristotle, Babylon, Christ, Christianity, Constantine, Egypt, Homer, King David, Moses, New Testament, Old Testament, Plato, Pontius Pilate, St Augustine, St Paul, The Church, The Greeks, The Jews, The Melian dialogue, the Messiah, the Romans, Thucydides 2 Comments
Apocalypse and Guilt: Why Savonarola and Greta differ.
In 1492, Girolamo Savonarola, the Dominican friar warned of the terrible tribulations threatening to engulf Rome, the City of Popes. In one of his sermons, the friar thundered that he saw a hand appearing in the sky bearing a flaming … Continue reading
Posted in Christianity, Climate Change, Guilt, Machiavelli Tagged Christianity, Climate Change, Guilt, utilitarianism 4 Comments
Peter Hitchens: An Old Testament Prophet. Part II.
The Abolition of Liberty. The Abolition of Liberty was published in 2003. Hitchens starts off with two quotes, one from Edmund Burke, the Whig statesmen of the eighteenth century: “Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite … Continue reading
Berlin Rules: Why, What, How, and is that so?
The three books under review deal with Europe, but their focus is Germany. Paul Lever, former British ambassador to Germany, is the author of Europe and the Germany Way: Berlin Rules, I.B.Taurus, 2017. Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Finance Minister, authors Adults … Continue reading
Posted in Europe, France and Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, World politics, business and economics, World war Tagged Brexit, Christianity, EU, Euro, Europe, European integration, France, Germany, Greece, Islam in Europe, nationalism, supranationalism, The politics of guilt, UK 12 Comments
Tom Holland, In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World, Little Brown, 2012.
Tradition holds that Mohamet’s life and works were conducted in the full light of history, by contrast to the degree of authority that can be given to the evangelists about the life of Christ. In the words of Salman Rushdie, … Continue reading
Posted in Oil, the Mid East and Gulf Tagged Christianity, historical method, Islam, Judaism, Mohamet, monotheism, Persia, religion, Rome, the ancient world, the Bible, the Qu'ran Leave a comment