Modernism Episode 4


Radical Evolutionism Third Plank

Radical Evolutionism of Hegel of as Pius will note the evolution of dogma.

“The third plank in the Modernist platform is the radical evolutionism of Hegel, “the first great philosopher of history.”[15] Where Kant made all things static, Hegel introduced a dynamic element into his metaphysics (like Heraclitus). For Hegel, all things evolve in the dialectic of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. History, truth, thought, indeed all reality is explained by this principle. In the history of thought, the Hegelian dialectic gives rise to “Historical Consciousness,” an acute awareness of change as a constant, describing all reality as in continual development. It further produces “Historicism,” the theory in which general laws of historical development are the determinant of events. In this theory, all things are subject to progressive evolutionary processes.”

History is not evolutionary, not moving towards better good, not progressive, perhaps circular, spiral.

How to define lower and higher good, who makes the decision

Ex/ Man effective at war. Man used a club with sheer power, now man has drones. Is war more just, man better, call for a just war foundations?

Not simply mechanical progress perhaps move forward. Can doesn’t mean should

History devoid from morality, totalitarian, control weakness among us.

Note the application of Darwinism, an unproven theory, to fields far removed from natural science. Not only does the natural order evolve as proposed but so does the supernatural order.

“Hegel’s evolutionary dialectic is adapted to Modernism in this wise. By vital immanence the mind of the believer asserts certain things to be true. Then, upon reflection, he states what he holds in “secondary formulae,” which we call dogmas. These become subject to a continued process of evolution. When the early Christians collectively asserted their faith, the Church, a democratic product of the “collective consciousness,” was born. Over time, the Church assumed to itself certain governing offices whose occupants asserted a divine authority to teach (the Magisterium). The Magisterium becomes the conservative element of the dialectic, a principle of stasis. It is the Hegelian thesis. Dialectically opposed to this is the progress of the laity, who assert, by their ever-developing “collective conscious,”[16] ideas which go beyond the static contents of the deposit of faith. This is the antithesis. The resulting change produced by the tension of these two elements is the Hegelian synthesis. “Thus the way is open to the intrinsic evolution of dogma. An immense collection of sophisms this, that ruins and destroys all religion.”[17] This is how the Modernist views the history of dogma. To the Modernist, this process, to which he will contribute, must ever continue.”

James Martin Humanae Vitae did not receive voice of faithful, therefore it is not true. Truth is not found by popular vote.

History is not linear, uphill progression.

Socrates 400 BC contending with what was truth, where to find truth. Outside of himself

Arrogance of Modernism, wisdom does not possess. Access to information does not make one wise

Bernadette wiser than Hegel and Kant. She is a saint, they are not.

Achieved truth in reality: titles of holiness indicates the wisdom possessed

Truth is independent of popular vote