April 19, 2010 41 Comments
If you’ve read much in terms of Catholic theology and Church History, it’s not too long before you come into contact with various theories about what has happened in the last several decades. There are countless magazines, books and theories, from all different vantage points – some “rad trad,” others less trad, but everyone knows there’s been a crisis.
When I left Calvinism in 2003 I was immediately confronted with this big issue. As a veteran researcher, now, in this topic, I can point newbies in the right direction in terms of what has happened. Roughly 300 years ago, numerous anti-Christian/Catholic groups such as the Freemasons and Illuminists decided to bring an end to what they perceived to be a mental tyranny over the mind’s of men (to use Thomas Jefferson’s phrase). The medieval church was seen to be precisely this. Think for example, of Mozart’s famous opera, the Magic Flute, where the Church of the middle ages is pictured as the nighttime, and Masonic Enlightenment rationalism is pictured as the true dawn of humanity. Read more of this post