Marxism and socialism sees man and his freedom as despensible to the ‘greater good’ which is a flawed understanding of the Christian idea of the common good; it is deliberately decietful in its aims and promotes conflict and misery within society in order to achieve them.
Art speaks in way that words alone cannot for as well as presenting the image, it is instrinsic to art that it connects and establishes relationships, between the viewer and the prototype, via the image and using the imagination. This stimulates the faculty by which we ‘see’ the invisible through the visible and so is essential to the development and retention of faith in God.
Iconography and Iconology are the study of the sacred image and the symbolism of the content respectively. Jonathan Pageau is someone who is both a master craftsman and and a deep understanding of both. This has relevance in the Christian life way beyond the church building, it extends out into every human endeavor.
All the evidence shows us that that more new people there are in the world, the better the world is and the better it is for the rest of us. Fear and the hatred of mankind as the cause of it in the post-Christian West drive an irrational pessimism that creates greater evils and suffering than those they are seeking to remedy.
Industrialization, mass production and capitalism do not create a culture of beauty, they simply propogate and amplify the underlying culture, for good or ill. For example, Wedgewood china is the product of the English industrial revolution!
David Clayton talks to Charlie Deist about how a chance meeting, 30 years ago, lead to his life as an artist, at teacher and, most importantly as a happy Catholic. He met someone, also called David Birtwistle, who offered him a series of spiritual exercises to change is life. What is more remarkable is that David Clayton was ready to follow the directions even though he was a bitter and cynical atheist. What was it that David B had that persuaded David C to follow his directions?