Our logo – a tree stump, though cut down, yet sprouting – points to a high truth – that good ideas, though cut down, will sprout and grow again. Truth, like energy, cannot be destroyed.
Our Latin motto – Vivida vis animi –means, “the vigorous strength of the mind, or the vigorous strength of the soul,” since the Latin word, animus, can mean both, “mind” and “soul” – which for us means faith and reason and together. It comes from Lucretius’ De rerum natura, Book I, line 72.
“The New Humanism: Building the new Renaissance.” This is the mission of The Postil Magazine. A renaissance, or a cultural rebirth, is only possible through re-engagement with tradition. This means recouping a fading vision of humanity, namely, Classical Humanism, rooted in faith and reason, and best expressed in Judeo-Christianity, which alone successfully brought together the ideas and culture of ancient Athens, Rome and Jerusalem.
This is also the New Humanism, couched in the great tradition of Erasmus of Rotterdam and Sir Thomas More – deep learning, informed by deep faith.
A renaissance is also the feeding of the mind with good ideas, and good ideas are expressions of a celebratory soul. The West needs reseeding with good ideas because it is in the process of losing its soul.
There is a heavy pall of cultural fatigue smothering the West. It is the new Dark Age, where wisdom is confused with information, truth is problematized as spin, faith is ridiculed as superstition, language is tightly controlled, and reason is shouted down by weaponized emotion.
Renaissances always overcome and defeat such Dark Ages. We recognize that human beings cannot live without ideals, without transcendence, without truth. In effect, there can be no humanity without God.
But now the first light of a new dawn is shooting through the murk – there is a great hunger for deeper faith, for purer enlightenment, for greater virtue, for sharper reason, and for good ideas. In other words, a hunger for truth.
A renaissance is the rediscovery of spiritual and intellectual excellence, as expressed through merit. And it is through excellence that humans achieve their greater, eternal purpose – moral beauty. In this way, civilization is the embodiment of both good ideas and beauty.
The West has been the only place where humanity strove to cultivate moral beauty – and all of the remarkable achievements of western civilization are the result of this striving. Is all this worth sacrificing on the altar of “progress?” We say – never!
The term “postil” comes from the first renaissance, which defined the Carolingian Age (in the ninth century AD).
During this time, it was common practice to leave marginal notes and comments beside passages of Scripture. This marginalia came to be known as “postils,” and this method of commentary later expanded into homilies and sermons, which were also known as “postillations.” Of course, such notes were not only comments but also reflections upon ideas that were essential for life. The word itself is likely a contraction of the Latin phrase, post illa verba textus (“after those words of the text”).
In the spirit of such reflections, on matters both spiritual and worldly, we want to revive the true humanist role of the postil, where learning strengthens faith.
Thus, The Postil Magazine stands both as comment on the ways of the world and as a gloss to the building of the new Renaissance.
The Postil Magazine happily accepts pseudonymous submissions, as well as credited ones. Sometimes anonymity is needed to make the job of a little easier whistleblowers. In fact, many of our writers hail from academi where they cannot openly express their views for fear of censor, or even peril to their jobs. Of course, the ideas and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of The Postil Magazine.
You are welcome to pitch us an idea for an article via our contact page.
For poetry, we will only consider traditional verse, which uses both meter and rhyme (showing both discipline and thought). We are not at all interested in free-verse. Send us a query with two or three samples of your work.
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