Thomas Molnar, RIP

He’s not a household name, but Thomas Molnar (1921-2010), who died last week, was one of the great intellectual defenders of Christian civilization in the second half of the twentieth century. Put into Dachau by the Nazis and later chased out of Hungary by Communists, Molnar taught in the U.S. for many years before returning to Hungary in the 1990s. His works, such as The Decline of the Intellectual, The Pagan Temptation, and The Church: Pilgrim of Centuries, were written from a deeply traditional perspective that revered the achievement of Christianity in building the Western world.

I know of one article by Molnar available online: “The Gnostic Tradition and Renaissance Occultism,” a 1974 piece from the newly digitized Journal of Christian Reconstruction, vol. 1, no. 2: 137-145.

Thanks to Chris Westley (Jacksonville State) who pointed this out on the Mises Institute’s blog.

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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1 Response to Thomas Molnar, RIP

  1. Robert Woods says:

    The first book I read on Christian Humanism was by Thomas Molnar. It was his insightful “Christian Humanism : A Critique of the Secular City and Its Ideology” and it was the book that started me taking seriously the very notion of Christian Humanism.

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