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Dialogue of Cultures


Journal of Poetry, Science, and Statecraft


Fall 2005 Vol XIV, No.3

Table of Contents



Piero della Francesca, The Flagellation (1453) (detail). The ecumenical spirit: An angel guides discussion between Eastern and Western Churches at the Council of Florence.

Man's Original Creations
Interreligious Dialogue and Jewish-Christian Relations
Music, Politics, and J.S. Bach’s
‘Jesu, meine Freude’

Front Inside Cover
The Revolutionary Legacy of
Nicolaus of Cusa’s Renaissance

Back Inside Cover
The American System:
Neither ‘Capitalist’ Nor ‘Socialist’


Table of Contents

“It is through beauty that one proceeds to freedom.”
—Friedrich Schiller

Fall 2005










The Post-Cheney Era

Cardinal Nicolaus of Cusa: On The Peace of Faith

Webcast: Defeat Cheney’s ‘Permanent War’!
LaRouche Warns of Hyperinflationary Blowout
Berlin Seminar: Crisis Demands New Monetary System
BüSo election Breakthrough in Germany
Mexico Tour Promotes Industrial Renaissance
Amelia Boynton Robinson Honored in Detroit

Albrecht Dürer: The Beautiful in a Time of Trials

A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code
Evening in the Palace of Reason

New Fidelio:

The Revolutionary Legacy of
Nicolaus of Cusa’s Renaissance

by Ken Kronberg

The just-released fall issue of the Schiller Institute journal Fidelio features, through the lens of Renaissance scientist and statesman Cardinal Nicolaus of Cusa’s achievements, a thorough-composed presentation of the critical cultural issues confronting the world as it enters the Post-Cheney Era of the 21st Century.

Like Cusa, whose seminal works united the seeming disparate disciplines of statecraft (Concordantia Catholica); experimental science (De Docta Ignorantia, “Learned Ignorance”); and religious ecumenicism (De Pace Fidei, “The Peace of Faith”), within the coherent framework of man’s participation in God’s ongoing creation, so Lyndon LaRouche expands this arena of consideration to include the sciences of history and physical economy in his groundbreaking June 2005 “Man’s Original Creations,” whose section headings include the provocative “Economy as Art and Physical Science,” “Irony: The Classical Principle in Art,” “Life as Art: The Principle of Tragedy,” and “Economy as Humanism.”

With consummate skill, LaRouche brings the reader to experience, for himself, the liberating power of man’s discoveries, as he traces the presence of irony, or paradox, as the driver for the higher-level transformations—progress—which characterize our universe. LaRouche culminates in a stretto that unites the physical sciences, Classical artistic composition, and the science of physical economy:

“The most significant expression of the impact of the past upon the present and future, is the impact of the present generations’ experiencing the past discoveries in universal physical principle and in Classical artistic composition, as the way in which the future generations are produced. The latter action, within a simultaneity of eternity so defined, is the true determinant of value, as a process of becoming, rather than a completed effect of the present moment to date.”

- Interreligious Dialogue -

Several contributions complement LaRouche’s essay from differing perspectives, while they open up areas of their own consideration. Foremost amongst these is “Interreligious Dialogue and Jewish-Christian Relations,” a 1998 symposium presentation by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) which, like LaRouche’s “Man’s Original Creations,” takes as its starting point the work of Nicolaus of Cusa. Here, in very condensed fashion, Cardinal Ratzinger—one of the architects of the ecumenical outreach of the great Second Vatican Council—not only reviews the coherence of the Western, monotheistic religions, with special emphasis on Judaism and Christianity, but poses the question of the encounter between these religions and the religions of the East, all the while holding out the promise of Cusa’s De Pace Fidei, that the search for universal truth does not divide, but rather unifies mankind at its highest and most human level. Thus we find, in a theological argument concerning the faith of Israel and its Christian articulation, the following striking parallel to LaRouche’s scientific insight:

“The three dimensions of time are thus connected: obedience to God’s will bears on an already spoken word that now exists in history and at each new moment has to be made present again in obedience. This obedience, which makes present a bit of God’s justice in time, is oriented toward a future when God will gather up the garments of time and usher them as a whole into his justice. Christianity does not give up this basic configuration.”

Readers will also find, in the discussion of the encounter of Eastern and Western religions, a convergence of concern with LaRouche over the question of Asian culture, as an issue of crucial strategic importance today, given the task of reconstructing the world economy over the generations immediately ahead.

- Music, Poetry, Art -

Three other feature articles, each with its own complex integrity, complete the issue.

  •  “Music, Politics, and J.S. Bach’s ‘Jesu, meine Freude,’ ” presents a free-wheeling dialogue between Schiller Institute chorus director John Sigerson and members of the LaRouche Youth Movement.

  •  “Maxim Ghilan, A Fighter for Peace,” our tribute to the late Israeli poet and political activist who campaigned incessantly for peace and a just, ecumenical solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, presents further insights into the coherence of politics and art.

  •  And “Albrecht Dürer: A Search for the Beautiful in a Time of Trials,” shows the impact of Cusa and the Brotherhood of the Common Life on the great Northern Renaissance artists Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn, both in their educational outreach, and in their compassionate expression of the principle of agape.

Lastly, the issue includes a translation of the full text of Nicolaus of Cusa’s treatise De Pace Fidei.

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