Notes/TagsLegend A Brief Timeline of Faust A Brief Timeline of Faust The story of Faust is a product of, and a commentary on its times and so is our interpretation of it a product of, and a commentary on our own time. A society subject to God is replaced by one which hopes to prosper despite God. Faust’s ambitions are first …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" The Pre-Death Thoughts of Faust Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev (1874 – 1948) was a Russian religious and political philosopher. Following is an excerpt of Berdayaev’s thoughts on Christianity, Faust, Goethe, Spengeler and the end of Western Civilization: N. A. BERDYAEV (BERDIAEV) The Pre-Death Thoughts of Faust (1922 – #59) The fate of Faust — is the fate of European culture. The …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" Christians are not allowed to practise magic…. Christians are not allowed to practise magic. It is forbidden in the Bible: Exodus 22:18 King James Version (KJV): Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Leviticus 17:7: So they shall no more sacrifice their sacrifices to goat demons, after whom they whore. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations. …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" The morality play [The first (sixteenth century) German Faust stories were morality plays. In Europe, the morality play evolved out of religious mystery plays, and though more secular, still presented an earnest moral teaching to the audience. In England, not many years before Marlowe, the national switch from Catholicism to Protestantism meant that plays ceased to be supported …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" The road to hell is paved with good aphorisms Faust always starts with good intentions – but where will he end up? From Wikipedia: ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions is a proverb or aphorism. An alternative form is “hell is full of good meanings, but heaven is full of good works”. During negotiation, groups that are encouraged to understand the …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" Summary of the original chapbook The first Faust story we have dates from the mid-late sixteenth century Germany. Following is a link to an 1884 summary: Summary of the original chapbook: https://archive.org/stream/zigzagjourneysin03butt/zigzagjourneysin03butt#page/170/mode/1upZigzag journeys in northwest lands. The Rhine to the Arcticby Butterworth, Hezekiah, 1839-1905. [from old catalog]Published 1884. 2 Corinthians 12: Paul the Apostle tells a story of a man who went up to heaven and heard secret things. 2 Corinthians 12: I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" Spenglerian terms Oswald Spengler (1880 – 1936) was a German philosopher of history. He said that a civilization was the end-state of culture, and wouldn’t last. He characterized Western civilization as Faustian: From Wikipedia: According to Spengler, the Western world is ending and we are witnessing the last last season—”winter time”—of the Faustian Civilization. In Spengler’s depiction, …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" A polymath is a person …And Faust, too: A polymath is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas. In less formal terms, a polymath (or polymathic person) may simply be someone who is very knowledgeable. Most ancient scientists were polymaths by today’s standards. The common term Renaissance man is used to describe a person who …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" Early Modern Europe Early Modern Europe The Renaissance saw a revival of classical learning, and a revival of ancient and medieval occult practices in particular. Renaissance magic revived the “occultist boom” of Late Antiquity, recovering texts treating Greco-Roman magic and Hermeticism as well as its continuations beyond antiquity in the form of the Kabbalah, alchemy and the medieval …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" There were a few dust-ups in the wake of A word to the wise By Maria Bustillos May 17, 2011: There were a few dust-ups in the wake of the Nature affair, notably Middlebury College history department’s banning of Wikipedia citations in student papers in 2007. The resulting debate turned out to be quite helpful as a number of librarians finally popped out of …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" Man must have hope, he must have something marvelous…. “Man must have hope, he must have something marvelous, he must have a future state; for he feels himself made to live beyond this visible world. Among the people, magic, necromancy, are but the instinct of religion, and one of the most striking proofs of the necessity of worship.Men are ready to believe everything, when …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" Goethe’s Faust Scene I: Scene I: NightGoethe’s Faust (In a high-vaulted Gothic chamber, Faust, in a chair at his desk, restless.) Ah! Now I’ve done Philosophy, I’ve finished Law and Medicine, And sadly even Theology: Taken fierce pains, from end to end. Now here I am, a fool for sure! No wiser than I was before: Master, …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" Adam, Prometheus & Faust Adam, Prometheus & Faust “Adam and the Fall provide a metaphor for the movement from innocence into consciousness and conscience in young men and women of the modern world; Prometheus as the culture-bringing hero is appropriated as the ambivalent image for a Marxist society pursuing and then questioning its technological prowess; and Faust exemplifies a …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight Enter CHORUS Chorus. Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight, And burned is Apollo’s laurel bough, That sometime grew within this learned man. Faustus is gone; regard his hellish fall, Whose fiendfull fortune may exhort the wise Only to wonder at unlawful things, Whose deepness doth entice such forward wits To …Continue reading "Notes/Tags" Weber maintains that rationalism was prevalent in Confucian as well German Sociologist Max Weber (1864 – 1920). Only with with Protestant rationalism could come capitalism. Following, Ernest Wolf-Gazo uses Faust to contrast the spirits of civilizations. “Weber maintains that rationalism was prevalent in Confucian as well as Islamic civilization, but it was of a different kind or type of rationality than the one emerging out …Continue reading "Notes/Tags"