From the November/December, 1998 issue of Touchstone
A Metaphysical Prophet by Patrick Henry Reardon

A Metaphysical Prophet

When the turmoil of this century’s final decade has at last been reduced to a memory, it is my personal hope that, of all the works published in these recent days, the most influential will prove to be Fides et Ratio, this year’s encyclical of Pope John Paul II, calling for a strenuous renewal of philosophy along the ancient lines bequeathed us by the philosophia perennis et universalis. Should that hope prove to be justified, let me further suggest, the intellectual life of our children will see a large improvement over the modern world’s morass of subjectivism, relativism, utilitarianism, pragmatism, skepticism, and (to use the Holy Father’s own expressions) “caprice,” . . .


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