The Priority of Peace and the Problem of Power

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, March 11th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “The Priority of Peace and the Problem of Power” by Andrew Willard Jones from Faith and Culture (Volume 48.2).

The PDF is attached. The article without pagination can be downloaded from here:
We will be meeting in the basement hall at St. Michael’s Church, the corner of University Avenue and Hemlock Street, Waterloo (across from Laurier). Enter the door at the north end of the University Avenue parking lot.

The following is taken from the Introduction to the issue:
In “The Priority of Peace and the Problem of Power,” Andrew Willard Jones proposes that liberalism’s understanding of political sovereignty has in fact collapsed, and that there is a present need to rediscover the meaning of power and the relation between the state and the community it serves. To do so, Jones turns to St. Thomas Aquinas and especially to the way in which Thomas presents a father’s relationship to his son as the paradigm of political power, where the father elevates the son to participation in his own authority through presence to the son, thereby enabling the son to dwell at peace in the order of society and creation. “Rather than imagining law as leading to freedom, I would rather assert that living in the peace, in the law, is what it means to be free—to be at home in the world.”

It will be hybrid meeting. If you are joining us in person, please note that masks are required when not distancing.

By the way, the Communio Open Reading Group continues to meet once a month. I have found listening to the discussions worthwhile. The next online meeting is Friday, March 25th. They will be discussing the Tracey Rowland article we read in January. Like us, someone introduces the article and discussion follows. Unlike us, they read several articles at one time. If you are interested, you can register here.

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