Here is some more of David Berlinski being interviewed by Peter Robinson on the contrast of St Augustine’s reinterpretation of history, watching the fall of Roman civilization from across the Mediterranean versus the poverty of our own intellectual position in the early 21st watching the fall of our own civilization on the internet:
[Berlinski] The point is, we do live in a society where the house of intellect is coordinated with only a finite number of microphones, and those microphones are connected with the academic world and with a certain part of the journalistic world. I think that is true in the United States, it’s true in Canada, England, France, throughout Europe. There is a doctrine, amounting to a dogma. And, according to the doctrine, the dogma, this way of thinking [Augustine’s City of God] no matter what [the last Pope] Benedict says, or what the rabbis in Israel say is not part of the interpretable cannon. It cannot be introduced. Should it be introduced? would it make more sense? have we lost something of tremendous value in our culture? Don’t forget, we are part of a Judaeo-Christian culture. My answer is yes, of course, of course. We have lost something of value; we cannot think in those terms any more.