This blog recommends a book titled “An Essay on the Economic Effects of the Reformation” by George O’Brien. We will begin posting quotes from the book. Here is the first:
The division of History into organic and critical periods we owe to Saint Simon. During the organic periods mankind accepts with firm conviction some positive Creed while during the critical periods men lose their old convictions without attaining any new ones of a general authoritative character. The organic period of Christianity came to an end, and the critical period began, at the Reformation, when the authority of the Church was assailed and the reign of private judgment inaugurated. . . This critical phase has lasted for 400 years, and it will continue until a new organic period can be begun by the universal.acceptance of some common creed. The discovery of that creed is man’s capital task today. Ever since the reformation, the old foundations of European life have been attacked by successive waves, first of protestantism, and then of rationalism, until society has arrived at its present chaotic, formless, distracted condition. . .