Bernanos: His Political Thought and Prophecy
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By Thomas Molnar
“I am a Catholic writer,” stated Georges Bernanos. “You see in me neither economist nor a politician; I am a novelist.” Yet the same talents which brought him to the forefront of Catholic literature also established him as a notable social critic and commentator. In Bernanos: His Political Thought and Prophecy, Thomas Molnar provides a thorough examination of the profound insight and prophetic character of those critical writings. Among modern social critics, Bernanos holds a unique place: eschewing existentialism, humanism, romanticism, and historicism, he instead held the Christian faith as the beginning and end of his thought and brought its light to bear in “pleadings for freedom, for individuality, for life as conceived by God.”
A faithful, informative representation of Bernanos’ thought and its attendant struggles, Bernanos: His Political Thought and Prophecy succeeds in its purpose of illuminating the man whose self-declared mission was to “follow truth wherever it leads…and profess it regardless of the consequences.”
Among modern robots, the depersonalized men, a man like Bernanos is free, makes us believe that he is a saboteur, a strange and backward figure, refusing to join us on our terms. (Thomas Molnar)
Thomas Molnar (1921–2010) was a Bulgarian Catholic historian, philosopher, and political theorist. After graduating from the University of Brussels in 1946, he emigrated to the United States, earning a doctoral degree at Columbia University in 1949. Molnar was the author of over forty books and more than fifteen hundred articles.