Francis Berger has just posted a useful critique of what he takes to be the Orthosphere program for religious and civilizational renovation. The critique is irenic and I encourage you to not only to read it, but also to mull it over in your meditations. I’ve copied my own comment below.
This Orthospherian is not offended by critique, especially by a critique as courteous and thoughtful as this one. I have more than once told Kristor that Orthosphere is really a misnomer since disobedient complaint is the great theme of the site. I wasn’t present at the creation of the Orthosphere, so I don’t know why they chose the Maistre quote (or Guido Reni painting) for the banner, but I would guess it was to brandish the sword of anti-modern (Maistre) pugnacity (St. Michael). To my mind anti-modernism means radicalism, not put-back-the-clockism, although I have personally tried to practice what might be called antiquarian radicalism. That is to say scouring the past for sticks of dynamite that explode contemporary cant.
I agree with what you say about spiritual evolution and the need to put our wine in new wineskins. I am fully aware of all the horrible mischief that has been done under the pretext of liturgical reform, and I have no concrete liturgical reforms to propose, but I am painfully conscious of being a sheep that is not being fed. I stopped attending mass because it was a numbing combination of liberal browbeating and kitsch. For twenty years I excused the kitsch by telling myself that it apparently spoke to other people; but I finally decided that I needed a Church that once in a while spoke to me.
I read the Maistre quote as saying that every civilization has its altar, the only question being the nature of the sacrifice that is offered on that altar. The public sacrifice of the old Christian civilization was, of course, a reenactment of the one sufficient sacrifice, and this is why Christian altars were not covered in blood. There are altars in post-Christian civilization, but they are again bloody altars, like those of long ago.
I agree with what you say about resurrection rather than restoration. The only way to new life is through death. This is true for us as individuals, and it also true for civilizations, churches, and the race of Man at large. A tired man can temporarily revive himself with stimulants like coffee, tobacco, and alcohol, and by these means he can prolong his day into the small hours; but what a tired man really needs to do is lay down and sleep. This means that we can only postpone the death of a moribund civilization and church, and that the better course is to let them go to sleep. Rather than propping them up with the equivalents of coffee, tobacco, and alcohol, we should be plan for how we and our offspring will survive the aftermath without degenerating into heathens and barbarians.