Thursday, December 13, 2007

Order and History

When man is in search of God, as in Hellas, the wisdom gained remains generically human; when God is in search of man, as in Israel, the responsive recipient of revelation becomes historically unique.

- Eric Voegelin

This from the monumental exploration of the origins and influences of Athens and Jerusalem on human history and culture, the five volume Order and History. A work of a massive genius that took over thirty years of his life; Russel Kirk said that it is "the most important historical work of (the 20th) century."

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