Editor’s Note: The Epic Battle of Catholic Man vs Secular Man is excerpted from Joseph Pearce’s newest book, Literature, What Every Catholic Should Know.
In the great works of literature we discover a deep understanding of man’s been and purpose. We discover that the human person is homo viator [Catholic Man], a pilgrim or wayfarer who journeys through mortal life with eternal life always in mind. This understanding of who we are has been lost.
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Viewing the panoramic vista of the history of the west, we can see three brought it ages of man. The first of these ages is the pre-Christian or pagan age; the second age is the age of Christ and him; and the third age maybe called the age of disenchantment.
We should remind ourselves that these three ages do not represent a linear progression in the right direction, As the denizens of the agent disenchantment would have us believe, but a manifestation of the perennial struggle between homo superbus [Secular Man] and homo viator, between barbarism in civilization. On the assumption that civilization is preferable or superior to barbarism, it could be said more truthfully that the agent disenchantment represents a move in a wrong or regressive direction. – Joseph Pearce’s newest book, Literature, What Every Catholic Should Know available in the Catholic Corner at Mike Church’s Founder’s Tradin’ Post