Dr Koontz’s talk given at the The Henkel Conference at Ascension Lutheran Church in Madison, Tennessee.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk continue last week’s discussion by looking at the layers of a civilization’s cycles relating to its fragility or stability. They talk about what goes into forming a coherent group identity by looking at Lutheranism in America and then Japan in the modern era. They talk about Japan’s modernization and the success of Shinto throughout it, the growth and eventual plateau of population, and the inspiration of young men.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk begin this third part of the series on civilization by examining the change from documenting personal influence to material influence on history. They talk about making generalizations of history, the cycles that civilizations follow, the effects of urbanization and industrialization on people groups, and the difference between material and spiritual flourishing. They end by prefacing their next show with a discussion of understanding the simple things first.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk open the discussion for the new year by asking the question, “what is the Lutheran church?” They talk about the Year of Grace and the trouble ahead of us, including economic difficulties mirrored in the 70s and 80s and the camps proposed in New York. And finally, they discuss the necessity of self-control as a form of assertion and preparing for the future both within and without the system.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk bout the role of violence, its estrangement from modern life, and the historical normalcy of its use by citizens. They discuss how the nation was affected by the events of Jan 6th, the outbreaks of violence across American cities because the political machines are no longer working as intended, and the cannibalistic nature of the regime. They close by examining how inflation will affect standards of living, and the benefits of having a coherent group when trying to “opt out”.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk open the show by exploring the morality of debt and investment, then continue the discussion of rebuilding, talking about exercising agency in all seasons, prioritizing wisdom and cohesive groups over material preparations, the confinement of manhood, and the necessity of wholesome militancy.
Additional links: Usura Canto and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk follow up their series on collapse by discussing the rebuilding of civilization. In this episode they look at Emperor Justinian, the situations he dealt with as he came into power, and his efforts to rebuild the Roman Empire and promote the church. Alongside this they talk about the importance of self-criticism and focus, how the capacity to love and serve others is necessary in order to lead, and how who you are where you are matters.
Mentioned in this episode: The Institutes, by Justinian