For Paul’s latest revised essay on the rebellious scientist Lancelot Hogben click below:
The last section deals with Hogben’s philosophy and his views on the nature of living matter, science versus religion and his utopian vision of a localized socialist society.
Hogben was an eminent biologist, radical scientist, an outspoken opponent of Nazi race theory and eugenics, a Quaker pacifist in the First World War, a feminist and an awkward and difficult personality. For Paul’s essay on this intriguing character, see Paul’s essay on his website dpcrook.wordpress.com.
Full of anti-Catholic bigotry, a controversial supporter of Darwinism and eugenics, a social reformer who thought blacks and plebs were genetically inferior, Ernest Barnes stirred waves during the twentieth century. For Paul’s latest edition of his essay on Bishop Barnes, click here or visit his website dpcrook.wordpress.com.Bishop Barnes
Why was western civilization in dire decline? Hilaire Belloc asked this question and gave his analysis in his book The Crisis of Civilization (1937). He sheets most of the blame to those great historical explosions, the Reformation and the rise of modern capitalism. They together had undermined the moral fabric of Christendom and led to widespread poverty, dependence and wage-slavery, which in turn led to resistance movements such as communism. He urged a return to medieval ideals of community and Christian love.
Click above for Paul’s essay on Belloc.
In his 1934 book Broadcast Minds Ronald Knox took on prominent public intellectuals Julian Huxley, Bertrand Russell and others, using his cutting wit and sarcasm to destroy their arguments against Christianity. I have added a section on Broadcast Minds to my essay on Knox (click above). Welcome comments.
I have added a section on Ronald Knox’s life, from son of evangelical bishop to leading Catholic apologist and public intellectual, to my essay on Knox (click below) in my website dpcrook.wordpress.com.