Dietrich von Hildebrand and You

by Anselm

Dietrich von Hildebrand is by far the most underrated Catholic thinker of the 20th century. In fact, you don’t hear much about him and his works in the mainstream of watery catholic thought in the United States.

Dietrich von Hildebrand was a prolific writer and an enemy of both Adolph Hitler and the glut of modernists both past and present.

His more popular works include The Devastated Vineyard and Trojan Horse in the City of God.  You must read those two books if you have not read them, as they show von Hildebrand’s ability to talk about the problems in the Church with such philosophical clarity.

Unfortunately, Dietrich von Hildebrand’s works are hard to come by, as many of them are out of print.

Fortunately, there is an organization that is working to make  von Hildebrand’s ideas manifest in today’s culture:

 by preserving his memory and disseminating his writings, especially in the English-speaking world.

The Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project (where the above quotation came from) will hopefully prove to be integral in bringing von Hildebrand’s thought back into the focus of contemporary scholars.

From what I have read of von Hildebrand’s work, it’s clear that if you want to know what happened to the church in the 20th century, he has the answer.

What’s good about von Hildebrand’s writing is that it is rich in ideas (i.e. “heavy”), but it does not sink into the legalistic esotericism of some thinkers. It says what it says, and it means what it means.

And because so, it is refreshing.