New Worship

“It is not so much that modern men have ceased to believe in god as it is they have ceased to believe in transcendence. We still have gods, but they are immanent. They are here and now and nowhere else in history or in the future. Immanent gods require a culture of immanence, as well, and so we have exalted art which affects us immediately and profoundly. We prize art which is sleek, sensual, sexy, shocking, loud, flashy, funny, and fast-paced. Subtle art is heretical, then, for it requires long periods of contemplation and by the time it is understood, we will have already moved on to the worship of new gods.”

-From Love What Lasts (Winter, 2020)

Say Something

Students: Mr. Gibbs, do you think the Church should have temporal power?

Gibbs: Look, if you just want to hear me say something controversial, I am happy to do that.

Student: Okay!

Gibbs: Then I’ll do you one better. I think the Church should have spiritual power.

Love What Lasts: On The Art Of The 20th Century

“The 20th century witnessed a bifurcation in art, where “high art” became increasingly esoteric and “low art” became increasingly sensual. Over the course of the 20th century, high art and low art engaged in a game of chicken, wherein each side dared the other to greater extreme. The weirder high art became, the more sensual low art became. Jackson Pollock and Hugh Hefner both rose to prominence in the 1950s, though Pollock’s appeal was that no one understood him and Hefner’s appeal was that no one misunderstood him. When modern men think of art, they tend to think of such highs and lows. In the midst of this daring game of extremes, art lost the common touch.”

-From Love What Lasts (Winter, 2020)

Proverbial, Episode 17: Not Even Jail

“A man does not mind being blamed for his faults and being punished for them, and he patiently suffers for them, but he becomes impatient if he is required to give them up.

-Goethe

What does it mean for our faults to be “worth it”? How do faults slowly become our private lives? How do our private lives ultimately overtake our public lives? This week’s episode of Proverbial addresses these questions. Download the latest episode here.