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burn the book

I put another book on the barn pile today. I don’t burn much, but I have a little pile by my fireplace, waiting for winter to come.

you might be horrified to hear thisAfter all, in my youth we were regularly shown horrific movie clips of Nazis burning books and endlessly raising their arms in salute. and to subvert other propaganda and incite the masses. They were said to be attacking civilization.

One dictionary defines book burning as the destruction of text deemed harmful or destructive. Burning a book may be a symbolic act of rejecting the book or the author himself. I think the books in the burning pile are garbage. The same dictionary defines garbage as “things that have become useless,” but also “inferior or worthless writing.” If you find an inferior book, treat it as garbage.

What makes this wrong in the minds of many?

Besides stories of Nazis burning books, stories of preachers burning books, gramophone records, National Geographic. These were usually spoken of as a warning against religious zeal. Others may recall the communist takeover. There, the burning of books was accompanied by summary executions and re-education camps.

Saint Thomas Aquinas attempted to burn the work after receiving the vision. Evidently, he realized that they were no longer useful. Luckily, he dissuaded me. In the 1400s, a priest named Savonarola promoted asceticism and preached sermons against the worldly life of the Florentines. Devotees burned the books. Savonarola himself was burned at the stake for heresy. Caliph Omar is said to have burned down the Great Library of Alexandria in the 600s, at the time that its revered scrolls and writings “would be heresy if they contradicted the Qur’an, or would agree with it.” is said to have claimed Excess. ”

A burnt book is no place for action todayPeople, groups and countries are now “cancelled” or banned. Incorrect statements will be removed from forums and public gatherings. Athletes are refused entry into the contest. Huge powers are wielded to kindle history, news and ideas.

Still, many people who have yelled “never again” to book burning in the past applaud. what changed? The answer is the person in charge.

Liberals and anti-Christians have condemned book burning for generations. They argued that all ideas should be heard, especially theirs. These were their promotion years. The same part of society that now holds power not only vigorously obliterates opposing ideas, but demands the extermination of those who hold them. I don’t take it, but the standards have changed a lot.

There are now systematic, global efforts and tools available to limit knowledge and shape thought patterns in step with the vagaries and oddities of the day. This is especially effective because many written words and images are temporary in your computer and easily blocked or erased.

All of this seems to put me in an uncomfortable company. But the books I burned were too offensive to tell. I can do them as I see fit. I can withhold as Matthew’s landlord said to a complaining worker that he was free to be generous. I’m not burning it, and I’m not preventing anyone from getting a copy of me. I can’t control it.

What I can control is giving my copy to someone else. To do so without direction is as dangerous as to make scandalous words or ambiguous actions in front of a child. So we should be the former.

Are censors inherently wrong? The answer is no! There is no universal obligation to censor, no church teaching. In fact, church censorship has a long history.

Church censorship was primarily concerned with heretical or immoral content. Past popes have recognized a duty to be decency and specific. For example, the church promulgated an index of forbidden books.

Words are both salves that heal wounds and weapons that inflict wounds. For this reason, you need to protect yourself from the worst. Decency forbids foul language and obscenity. Slander and slander can be punished in secular society. Profanity must not be spoken or written except in refuted examples. Clearly, the words communicated can and should have sound control.

What the church understood for centuries was that censorship was not just about suppressing bad thoughts, but about freeing up space for good thoughts to flourish. I understand this. Thus, our intellectual and moral decline is underway as our libraries and computer screens are filled with more and more obscene and illogical material.

The key to censorship is the intent and judgment of the censor. The door there depends on his fortitude.

Consider for a moment whether there has been a more vigorous effort on the part of clergy and laity to enforce the direction of the Church. I burned a book that advocated a radical innovation. It saw the day and did its damage. My only question was why the previous owner, a theology lecturer at the local Jesuit college, handed it over without tearing it down.

Christian society was and still is too cowardly, weak, and worse, sinful, and more actively censoring and burning books.

The erroneous idea initially spread to the fringes of society, and was unlikely to be encountered by those who opposed it. This included salons for the wealthy and uneducated. These were the seeds of error.

The good people of the time were content with their system and didn’t act.Either they were unaware of the error, or they were too lazy to deal with it. When the time came, these ideas went mainstream. In the worst cases, social and church leaders have made mistakes. Human nature is what it is, and often welcomed novelty. Too little has been done to combat change.

All ages should expect the weeds of error and fight them with more than academic jargon. It is part of the spiritual warfare that Catholics call.

The good news is that the powerful herbicide Grace is readily available. What keeps us from using it is vices like willful ignorance and laziness. The graces we receive and the consciences to be formed from them must impel us to action. This includes the concrete action of not only avoiding the error, but removing it like a spiritual weed.

There is no reason to allow a just cause to be censored while we live in the midst of bad thoughts and defilement of our church, country and civilization. We are riddled with errors on our TV screens, teleprompters and bookshelves. Every good deed we do builds the kingdom.

Take the first step. burn the book