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From his dissertation, Tonsor came away with an enhanced passion to serve the truth and history.
Marking his rite of passage from mentored study to independent critic, his dissertation fusing German and English historical thought, made Tonsor a studied historicist and a unique type of American Catholic intellectual: He was knowledgeable about the development of the early church and yet sympathetic to Luther and the Reformation.
However, Tonsor emerged from his dissertation not so much as a writer of history but as a critical gatekeeper of history.
14) Rather, as a disciple of Acton, Tonsor (with the aid of such such religious thinkers as Karl Lowith, Mircea Eliade, Christopher Dawson, and Romano Guardini) conceived of history ultimately in terms of man's irreversible, singular, and moral movement through time and in relation to God's unfolding Providence.
Although other cultures existed and created order and meaning, Tonsor identified Western history as the decisive terrain of human development and God's revelation.
History," Tonsor wrote as supporter of Romanticism and as an enemy of the Enlightenment, insists on diversity, complexity, multiplicity, randomness, and in its most mysterious moments, general confusion.
Tonsor explicitly embraced a full romantic historiography, supplementing it by nineteenth-century literature and poetry, interest in classical history, ritual and myth, and cultural theories of formation and decadence.
Like any twentieth-century thinker, Tonsor knew and drew upon a large repertoire of searching critiques of contemporary civilization, including those of Catholics Guardian and Dawson, as well as Burckhardt, Nietzsche, Spengler, and Toynbee.
Though profoundly cognizant of wrong, evil, distortion, convolution, misdirection, and mutability, Tonsor did not make failure the principal axis of his meditation on the past.
In the summer of 1953, on the eve of setting out for his doctoral research on Dollinger and a year before he started to teach at the University of Michigan, Tonsor heard Russell Kirk's Conservative Mind as a thunderclap.
Kirk's influence on Tonsor lay in shared scholarly and poetic views.
However, as much as they shared poetic impulses and scholarly worldviews, Tonsor did not believe their traditionalism and conservatism coincided on all points.