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VoegelinView in Review: May 2022
The movement into spring brings new life, and May is the month of spring’s maturation. Our journal is also experiencing a great little flourishing. We continue to attract new readership, new contributors, and grow in the digital spaces that are necessary for us to be on to survive, grow, and thrive. In the midst of… The post VoegelinView in Review: May 2022 appeared first on VoegelinView.

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The movement into spring brings new life, and May is the month of spring’s maturation. Our journal is also experiencing a great little flourishing. We continue to attract new readership, new contributors, and grow in the digital spaces that are necessary for us to be on to survive, grow, and thrive. In the midst of this spring of new growth, we also welcomed poems of spring by Harold Jones.
May is a significant month of cultural importance. May 22 is the birthday of the great and controversial composer Richard Wagner. In honor of the maestro, reflections on Wagner’s Ring cycle were published, including a review of new book by Paul Heise published by Paul du Quenoy’s Academica Press.
May also includes Star Wars Day, celebrated May 4. As a cultural phenomenon, VOEGELINVIEW welcomed Joseph Wilson’s on the Manichean and Gnostic context of Yoda and the broader Star Wars universe. It is important as a publication of cultural criticism and insight we also embody ways to bring rich content to the people. Paul Krause also had permission to bring together two previous essays of his dealing with Star Wars from his time as a senior essayist at The Imaginative Conservative assessing the films as a new myth in the technological age we live in. At this journal we hope to continue to grow and give space for robust cultural criticism of works of art, both high and popular, to bring the spirit of awe and inspiration to the imagination and the arts.
VOEGELINVIEW continues its digitization, networking, and outgrowth. Some of our material is now being translated into Portuguese by enthusiastic graduate students in Brazil. Touchstone Magazine and Rivista di Filosofia Neoscolastica have also expressed interest in republishing some of our material, to which we granted, and we are looking forward to these new relationships and prospects of further collaboration and cross readership down the road. We welcomed new contributors through cultural essays and book reviews this month and look forward to their continued contributions in the months ahead. Furthermore, the gradual transition toward this journal becoming a premier publication of arts, culture, and books continues apace.
Lastly, May includes Memorial Day in the United States. As an American-based publication, though we have global connections and readers, we give pause to remember the sacrifices of the men and women who have made possible the life of the intellect that we freely enjoy and share with others. Without their sacrifices, past and present, we would not be here to share our love of heart and mind with others.
Remember, you too can help spread light in the darkness by following VOEGELINVIEW on Twitter: @voegelin_view. Additionally, a reminder that we are also on Instagram. Follow and help spread the light in all the areas that need enlightenment. We also launched a dedicated LinkedIn page last month. Follow and or connect via LinkedIn to get your daily dose of VOEGELINVIEW material. Lastly, the dedicated Facebook page to this journal is now the appropriate place for any Facebook readers. Our efforts toward professionalization, greater reliance on original material, and eliminating the stigma of being an online blog is advanced by readers turning away from the public forum group and to our minted socials.
Lastly, our editor, Paul Krause, joined with Erich Prince of Merion West (whom we have a working relationship with) on his podcast to discuss the literary life and literary humanism.
In review, then, here are some of the most read articles and essays, and our ongoing columns and all books reviewed:

ARTICLES

Misleading Human Rights by David Eisenberg
Social Justice for Business Ethics: Social Justice, Libraries, and Postmodernism by Richard Cocks
The Passion of Star Wars by Paul Krause
On the Nature of Context: Beyond Technocracy by Marco Andreacchio

ESSAYS

The Birth of Yoda: Manichaeism and the Jedi Religion by Joseph Wilson
Irony and the Meaning of Human Existence: The Wisdom of Classical Irony by Raymond Dokupil
One Tower: On The Mercantile Feudalism of the Media by Agnes Horvath
Metanoia, Job, and Jesus Christ by Max Leyf
The Ring of the Nibelung: Romantic Nonsense? by Roger Scruton

COLUMNS

Abigail Rosenthal: Culture and Therapy: Can Hegel Help Us Understand Our Cultural Malaise?; Believers: How I Became a Believing Jew; How Can we Know if it’s God?

BOOK REVIEWS

Contemplative Realism: A Theological-Aesthetical Manifesto by Joshua Hren and A Poetics of Orthodoxy: Christian Truth as Aesthetic Foundation by Benjamin Myers, reviewed by Joshua Herring
The Original Bambi: The Story of a Life in the Forest by Felix Salten, reviewed by Abigail Rosenthal
The Truth and Beauty by Andrew Klavan, reviewed by Paul Krause
The Socratic Individual: Philosophy, Faith, and Freedom by Ann Ward, reviewed by Rebecca LeMoine
The Wound That Will Never Heal: An Allegorical Interpretation of Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung by Paul Heise, reviewed by Paul Krause
A Time For Wisdom: Knowledge, Detachment, Tranquility, Transcendence by Paul McLaughlin and Mark McMinn, reviewed by Sarah Soltis
The Women Are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics by Benjamin J. Bruxvoort Lipscomb, reviewed by Abigail Rosenthal
The Liminal and The Luminescent: Jungian Reflections on Ensouled Living Amid a Troubled Era by Terrill Gibson, reviewed by Austin Reddy

POEMS

On Foot by Harold Jones
Birdsong by Harold Jones

SUPPORT OUR MISSION

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