Wisdom on Wednesdays—Our choice

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Esto Perpetua, oil on canvas, c. 1945, 36 x 30 in.
This painting was inspired by a book by Hilaire Belloc, Esto Perpetua: Algerian Studies and Impressions, a copy of which Belloc sent to Schmitt in April 1913. The fruit of Belloc’s travels to the Maghreb region of North Africa in 1905, its potent evocation of the long-lost Roman and Christian patrimony of the area—once the home of St. Augustine of Hippo—proved irresistible to Schmitt.

“We have reached the period of totalitarianism; of total slavery.  Our choice is between the Servile State of avaricious materialism (factory civilization) and total Christianity.”

from the essay “Images” (1943)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—The old Christian idea of sin

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The Second Night, 1929, oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in.
From a contemporary black and white photograph; present location unknown.
For Carl Schmitt’s own “explanation” of this painting, see the article “The Artist Explains His Work,” from February 2015 issue of the CSF e-newsletter Vision.

“Today in America the old Christian idea of sin is fast disappearing.  There remains (and is encouraged) a vast sense of social guilt. The only sin is treason to society (the state).”  (1961)