A long defeat
“Actually I am a Christian,” J.R.R. Tolkien wrote of himself, “and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’— though it contains (and in legend may contain more clearly and movingly) some samples or glimpses of final victory,” (Letters 255)
History as a long defeat – I can think of nothing that is more anti-modern than this sentiment expressed by Tolkien. It is a thought perfectly in line with the fathers and the whole of Classical Christian teaching. And it’s anti-modernism reveals much about the dominant heresy of our time.
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