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Classic EssaysRevilo P. Oliver

by Revilo P. Oliver AN ODD COINCIDENCE has brought me The “F” Certificate, by David Gurney (London, Bernard Geis, s.a. [1968?]). It is not literature – but who would expect to find great art of any kind in the nightfall of civilization? It is what is called “a novel of suspense,”…
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by Revilo P. Oliver THE WINTER issue of the Southern Partisan contains a number of excellent articles. Dr. Forrest McDonald, Professor of History at the University of Alabama (when I last heard), in “Why Yankees Won’t (and Can’t) Leave the South Alone,” discusses the malevolent…
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Classic EssaysRevilo P. Oliver

by Revilo P. Oliver FOR READERS who are interested in the evolution of Christianity, I note the appearance of an English translation of the only significant work by Pope Innocent III.(1) It is true that Innocent was a voluminous writer, whose works occupy Volumes 214-217 in Minge’s Patrologia
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by Revilo P. Oliver THE WINTER ISSUE of the Skeptical Inquirer reports, without skepticism, the findings of a Gallup Poll, which has no apparent political implications and may be accepted with only the usual formal reservation about the selection of samples and techniques of interrogation. A total…
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Thomas Sheehan by Revilo P. Oliver THE REVEREND Professor Thomas Sheehan’s The First Coming is one of the Book-of-the-Month Club’s selections for December 1986. It is the kind of book that you would read through, if it was the only one you had with you when you were marooned on a desert isle.…
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by Allan Callahan IT IS PROBABLY common today for most people to look upon modern warfare as being much more “humane” than it used to be. They have read of conquered peoples being sold into slavery in ancient times, and sometimes put to the sword. Nothing like that happens today, they assert. No, it doesn…
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Robert Oppenheimer by Revilo P. Oliver The Fly in the Ointment IT IS HIGH TIME we returned from our excursus to Mr. Catran and took notice of one nugget of wisdom he offers us, an injunction that we must never study history. History, you see, would tell us what human beings are by nature, and prophets of a…
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by Revilo P. Oliver A Question of Taxonomy THE READER WILL have noticed what was illogical and literally untrue in the foregoing section, and will have made allowance for the vagaries of our language, but the point deserves comment. On the basis of the report in Mr. Dieckmann’s book, I made a statement…
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by Revilo P. Oliver The Gospel FASHIONS constantly change, of course, and con men are always coming up with new words, but if you look to the essentials, you will see that with Jack Catran we have gone back to Edward Bellamy, and that means, the revelations of Messiah Marx, whence a clear spoor leads back…
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by Revilo P. Oliver Is There Any Hope? IN THE Eighteenth Century, as Voltaire tells us, two extraterrestrials, Micromégas, a native of Sirius, and his friend, a Saturnian academician, stopped by the earth and discovered, somewhat to their astonishment, that there was life on it. Their scientific…
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