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Janet Mefferd Today
Christianity freed men from the burden of believing the political order could save them; yet modernity has politicized everything, leading to the growing power of a totalitarian state. I'll discuss it with Robert Reilly, director of the Westminster Institute, as he reflects on what the reissued political-theory book, "The Politics of Heaven and Hell," has to say about events in our own day. Plus: The latest on the Trump campaign's efforts to try to overturn a rigged presidential election. That and more on Monday's JANET MEFFERD TODAY.
Ep. 83 - The American Founding's Medieval Roots - Robert Reilly
The Catholic Culture Podcast
While the left continues crudely to paint America’s founding as a mere expression of white supremacy, certain thinkers on the right have been making their own attack on American principles. They argue that America’s founding principles are fundamentally a product of an Enlightenment liberalism incompatible with natural law and faith. They find in the Constitution seeds of moral relativism, leading inevitably to Obergefell and gender ideology. To this position Robert Reilly’s new book America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding is a powerful rejoinder, arguing that the Founding’s roots lie a few millennia further back than the Enlightenment. With superb scholarship, he examines the whole history of Western culture up to the Founding, beginning with the Greeks, Hebrews and early Christians, proceeding through the Middle Ages to the Protestant Revolt and the debate over the divine right of kings. It becomes clear that the American Founding was part of a millennium-long debate over the question of which is supreme, reason or will. This interview focuses primarily on the original explication of several important American constitutional principles in medieval ecclesiastical and secular law. At the end, Thomas poses some tough questions about the compatibility of the First Amendment with the teachings of Leo XIII about Church-state relations and free speech in Immortale Dei. This is a listener-supported show! To help produce more episodes, please go to http://www.catholicculture.org/donate/audio. Contents [2:09] The stakes of the debate over America’s founding [10:38] Christianity diminished the role of the state… [17:15] …while granting legitimacy to the state within its own secular sphere [22:38] The two swords; separation of temporal and spiritual authority [25:36] The king must respect the ancient customs of the land [29:02] Developments in canon law: consent of the governed, the right to representation [39:08] The Coronation Charter and the Magna Carta, right to revolution [42:56] Natural and divine law trump human positive law, both secular and ecclesiastical [46:14] The importance of England's role in the formation of the American colonies [48:57] Political implications of the debate over God’s Intellect vs. pure arbitrary Will [53:43] How consent works: the basis of a democratic majority and minority [57:54] The dependence of a democratic republic on the virtue of its people [1:06:15] Revolution against US govt. justified during slavery and today? Role of prudence [1:13:40] Does the Constitution conflict with Catholic teaching on Church and state? [1:28:34] Is Constitutional freedom of speech correct from a Catholic POV? [1:36:47] Modern-day barbarism: the re-tribalization of Man with identity politics [1:39:39] Does the Constitution mandate free speech on the state level? Links Robert Reilly, America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding https://www.ignatius.com/America-on-Trial-P3479.aspx Pope Leo XIII, Immortale Dei (On the Christian Constitution of States) https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=4916 Pope Leo XIII, Longuinqua (On Catholicism in the United States) http://www.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_06011895_longinqua.html Phil Lawler’s review of America on Trial https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/answer-to-catholic-critics-american-founding/ David Upham’s critique of America on Trial https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/07/03/how-americanism-put-baby-in-the-corner/ Book mentioned: The Ancient City by Fustel de Coulanges https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-City-Religion-Institutions-Greece/dp/0801823048 This podcast is a production of CatholicCulture.org. If you like the show, please consider supporting us! http://catholicculture.org/donate/audio
Robert Reilly walks us through his book, America on Trial, which pushes back on recent theorists who have argued that the American founding brought with it the "Poison Pill" of modern liberalism. He goes through in detail, the traditions of thought that lead to the American founding, arguing that it has its roots in Natural Law and the medieval constitutional tradition.
It’s not just statues and American history that are under attack. The most essential ideas from America’s founding are under siege and on trial.Robert R. Reilly, the director of the Westminster Institute and widely published author, joined “The Right Side of History” podcast to discuss his new book “America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding.”Reilly discusses the deeper origins of the American Revolution—rooted in Western thought, philosophy, and religion—and explains why America’s current success and survival depends on embracing those ideas rather than abandoning them. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What are the foundational principles of America? Are they valid? Where do they come from? Robert Reilly, widely-published author digs deep into the truths that influenced the foundation of America. In these times, it's especially important to understand the truth about our history. You won't want to miss this. Today's episode is brought to you in part by Notre Dame Federal Credit Union https://notredamefcu.com/arizona.
187: America: Screwed or Salvageable?—Robert Reilly
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Learn about our community of Catholic culture builders here https://www.coffinnation.com Support us in the war against the PC thought police. ************ A debate now rages over whether the American Proposition will be defeated by its own DNA flaws from the get-go or will recover its foundational principles, which have been roundly ignored and unconsulted. Let’s just say historian and social critic Robert R. Reilly, author of America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding, does not hold to the former. Here he delves deeply into the Founder’s official documents, the worldview they held, and the ideas they drew upon to frame the turbulent beginnings of the country. Read the rest on our website: here