When Did We Stop Aspiring to Eternity?

The Angel of the Resurrection on the Roof of Notre-Dame, Paris. Photo: Charles Nègre via The J. Paul Getty Museum

“It is like losing a member of one’s own,” said one disconsolate onlooker at the burning of Notre Dame cathedral. It did feel like that — an intimate shock and wound — but it was also worse, in a way, because it was the death of something…

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