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Websites come and go, often because they are the pet projects on the side of people who find their web-time taken over by real life issues.

This was the case for me several years ago when I shut down the original Athanasius Contra Mundum. In restarting the website, I am giving my time to produce material for you that I hope you will find beneficial, not only in Ecclesial issues but also in history, politics, or whatever other work I produce.
In ancient Greece, there was a class of Philosophers called the “Sophists”, (σοφιστής in Greek) which has the sense of “Wise-guys” in Plato’s dialogues. These early philosophers were criticized by Socrates for their practice of charging money and only giving wisdom to those who could pay. For this reason they are often the antagonists of most of Plato’s dialogues. Socrates by contrast did not charge money, though he did indeed receive money from patrons, which allowed him to teach anyone who would learn.
My philosophy is the same, I am just not as smart as Socrates. I am not, however, creating a subscriber only website to provide material for those who can pay, particularly in these troubling economic times (Yes, I know troubling is a light word!). I am not looking to make bank, everything I receive will go to bills. Thus, I have put up the donation button to receive what you will, based on the quality of my work. If you give nothing, I will produce anyway. I do ask however, that if you can’t offer anything, please instead offer up prayers for my soul and my family’s well-being. Thank you for anything you can or will provide.

5 thoughts on “Support this site

  1. Brenda

    Just wondering if you could re-post the article “SSPX in schism? Alright, out with it!” that Boniface from UnamSanctam links to from your old blog. Thanks.

  2. Doug Adams

    Curious, who are you? I like the articles, they are well written. There is no credits as to author or works cited. I am doing some research and your site was the top google return on Rubens.

    1. rubens7 Post author

      The top hit on Rubens? That is surprising! I don’t think I’ve written as much on him as on Caravaggio.
      Either way, I try to avoid Google indexing my name so I keep my actual name off articles. I haven’t updated this site in a while because I’ve been too busy with work, but I do have other work, especially on Dutch art, coming soon.


    I am a convert from the Anglican Church. Recently I have been seriously challenged by the conflicting statements from the Holy Father on homosexuality. Now I am a “hovering” Catholic which distresses me. My intention in writing this is to say how valuable this site is in affirming reaffirming and challenging my own thoughts and beliefs. Thank you and may the Lord bless you and your work.

    1. rubens7 Post author

      Welcome! I’m sorry I don’t update as often as I’d like, I have two other jobs. But we I will be getting more content up. I’m glad this has been helpful to you in this challenging time in the Church.


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