Michel Foucault and the Catholic Church

3 05 2010

In general, I have resolved to no longer read anything concerning Catholicism except for things that are at least fifty years old. And even then, I am trying to be highly selective. I have just found that everything that has come out recently has been plagued with such intellectually passé posturing that I am not learning anything anymore. In general, Christian “intellectuals” tend to be obsessed with ideological trends that were cool, say, the middle of last century, and they seem to think themselves “oh so hip” if they can mention Heidegger, Husserl, or (and this is really stretching it) Wittgenstein in a sentence.

Catholic discourse seems plagued by a phenomenological personalism that colors everything it touches a hazy shade of ambiguous. At the local Pauline bookstore in Metairie, they carried the complete works of Edith Stein, ten books explaining Wojtyla’s theology of the body, a couple of books on Aquinas, and a whole lot of nothing else (unless you count Henri Nouwen, which I don’t).
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