Anthony Esolen

About Anthony Esolen

Anthony M. Esolen is a writer, social commentator, translator of classical poetry, and professor of English Renaissance and classical literature. He is a member of the faculty of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. His books include Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child; The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization; Ironies of Faith; and Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child. He has also translated Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberate (Johns Hopkins Press); and Dante’s Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso.

Faith, Family, Government, & the Company Store

By |2019-05-07T14:29:27-05:00August 25th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Faith, Family, Government, Politics|

My father was not an easy man to categorize when it came to politics. He was, like almost everybody else where I grew up, a registered Democrat. Republicans in New England and the middle Atlantic states were not fond of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Italy, and Poland, and the immigrants were not fond of the Republicans, [...]

Is the Human Brain Just Like a Computer?

By |2019-05-09T15:49:02-05:00July 5th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Nature, Science, Technology|

Some dream of a time when we will achieve immortality by downloading the contents of the brain into a computer. But is this truly possible?… I have just read a fascinating and, to my mind, cheerful article, by the research psychologist Robert Epstein, on why your brain is not a computer—for the simple reason that your brain does [...]

Message from Another World: A Forgotten, Forbidden Textbook

By |2017-03-10T11:36:03-05:00January 25th, 2017|Categories: Anthony Esolen, Christianity, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Literature|

Such textbooks as the one I found would be drummed out of today’s schools, where children are taught to be embarrassed by piety, honor, purity, and faith… I am musing upon a fine book written by a teacher and prolific author, Leroy Armstrong. He is introducing the reader to the life and the work of [...]

Sleepers, Wake!

By |2016-12-05T00:43:49-05:00December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Anthony Esolen, Catholicism, Christianity|

The awakened man does not gaze into the pool of his spirituality, like a more ethereal Narcissus. He sees Christ in his neighbor, and his is a life of longing, hope, gratitude, solemn emotion, and openness to the mysteries of being… Many of us no doubt have heard the common excuse for breaking the [...]

The Sexual Revolution and Its Victims

By |2018-10-02T13:33:09-05:00November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Anthony Esolen, Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Featured, Marriage, Sexuality|Tags: |

The sexual revolution has brought us a world wherein people sweat themselves to death in the pursuit of unhappiness. Some of those people, by the grace of God, miss their aim… What strikes me most powerfully about the defenders of the sexual revolution is their immovable abstraction. Always the matter is couched in terms [...]

What Happened to Teaching Western Civilization?

By |2019-04-11T11:27:22-05:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: Classical Education, Featured, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Literature, Western Civilization|

There’s a chilling image from my youth that I’ve never been able to scrub out of my mind. It might not seem at first glance to amount to much. It was a blue spiral spray-painted on our street, a sort of insect with enormous eyes, with a caption suggesting LSD. In those days, the [...]

The Lovely Dragon of Choice: The Freedom Not to Be Free

By |2019-06-06T18:33:49-05:00September 4th, 2016|Categories: Anthony Esolen, Christianity, Culture, Essential, Featured, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Anthony Esolen as he explores the difference among freedom of choice, of being chosen, and of choosing to be chosen. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher But all things come to them that wait. Into sight silently draws a ship, draped in black [...]

The Death of Democracy

By |2015-08-16T14:06:44-05:00August 7th, 2015|Categories: Democracy, Featured, History|

Democracy is dead. I say so not because I have ceased to believe in it—I retain a half guilty affection for that worst of all forms of government (worst except for most of the rest)—rather, I say so because everyone else has ceased to believe in it. Yesterday, I asked my students what comes [...]

From the Ruins: Rebuilding Civilization

By |2016-02-12T15:27:56-05:00August 1st, 2015|Categories: Anthony Esolen, Christianity, Ethics, Featured, Modernity, Morality|

Let’s get straight to the point. We no longer live in a culturally Christian state. We do not live in a robust pagan state, such as Rome was during the Pax Romana. We live in a sickly sub-pagan state, or metastate, a monstrous thing, all-meddlesome, all-ambitious. The natural virtues are scorned. Temperance is for prigs, [...]