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The Cube and the Cathedral by George Weigel
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Jun 11, 2008

Weigel pits the coldly rational impersonal culture of high humanism ("The Cube," L'Arche De La Defence) against the personal, character-filled, tradition-bound culture of medieval Christianity ("The Cathedral," Notre Dame). That architectural analogy (explored in the first couple of pages) is the high point of the book; other than that, treat it as an annotated bibliography of other authors (de Lubac, John Paul II, etc.) who are worth reading. Ultimately I think he's over-committed to making the project of The West work, which is why he seems to think that one of the best things about Christianity is that it underwrites a pluralistic, democratic State (seems dubious to me).

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