Carl E. Olson

Carl Olson

About Carl Olson

Carl E. Olson is editor of Catholic World Report and Ignatius Insight. He is the author of Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?, Will Catholics Be "Left Behind", co-editor/contributor to Called To Be the Children of God, co-author of The Da Vinci Hoax (Ignatius), and author of the Catholicism and Priest Prophet King Study Guides for Word on Fire. He is also a contributor to Our Sunday Visitor newspaper, The Catholic Answer magazine, The Catholic Herald, National Catholic Register, Chronicles, and other publications.

“Reason, Faith, & the Struggle for Western Civilization”: Illuminating the Past & Present

By |2019-08-07T22:05:08-06:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Faith, History, Philosophy, Pope Benedict XVI, Reason, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|

It is a bright note of hope, set against the present daunting darkness, that shines throughout Samuel Gregg’s “Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization,” both illuminating the past and shedding much-needed light on the present situation. Reason, Faith, and the Struggle for Western Civilization, by Samuel Gregg (256 pages, Gateway Editions, 2019) [...]

Fr. Schall, “What Is,” and Book Clubs

By |2019-07-27T22:04:40-06:00July 27th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture, Philosophy, Western Civilization, Wisdom|

Christianity and the Western tradition insist that true unity is rooted in complimentarity, self-gift, and ordered relationship. Trinitarian love is creative, but not coercive; it is a mystery, but it is not irrational; it is personal, but it is not subjective. These are essential truths that James Schall returned to again and again in [...]

Lent and the Divine Life

By |2019-03-28T15:34:35-06:00March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Christian Living, Christianity, Tradition|

Fasting is far more than just an obligation or even a discipline; it is connected with the very mystery of life and death, of salvation and damnation. “Fasting is a medicine.” — St. John Chrysostom “The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” — Matthew [...]

Suicide and Secularism on a Wednesday Afternoon

By |2019-02-15T16:13:45-06:00February 12th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Hope, Secularism, Worldview|

How much of one’s desperation comes from apparently having it all, according to the precepts of secular humanism—the great false religion of our time—and yet having nothing at all to get through an ordinary Wednesday afternoon? Growing up in a small Montana town the 1980s—no stop lights, no fast food, plenty of guns—I was [...]

Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives: The Joy of Reading

By |2016-02-16T14:32:51-06:00December 11th, 2012|Categories: Books, Christmas, Communio, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Pope Benedict XVI|Tags: |

My six gift ideas are all recently published books, if only because I will always take books under the Christmas tree over socks, ties, and video games, no matter how trendy the latter might be. The Complete Thinker: The Marvelous Mind of G. K. Chesterton (Ignatius Press, 2012) by Dale Ahlquist. If there is a better [...]

Has Democracy Died?

By |2013-11-24T19:19:54-06:00October 12th, 2012|Categories: Books, Democracy, Democracy in America, Politics|Tags: |

Chilton Williamson, Jr. is a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction who has worked as an editor for St. Martin’s Press, National Review, and, since 1989, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, published by the Rockford Institute. His most recent book is After Tocqueville: The Promise and Failure of Democracy(ISI, 2012), which John Willson, [...]

Rediscovering Christopher Dawson | An Interview with Dr. Bradley J. Birzer

By |2016-08-03T10:37:33-06:00March 28th, 2012|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Christendom, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Communio, Pope Benedict XVI|Tags: , |

In the mid-twentieth century, English historian Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) was widely considered to be one of the finest Catholic scholars in the English-speaking world. Today his name and work is largely unknown, even among Catholics. But that is beginning to change as Dawson is being discovered and recovered by a number of writers and [...]

Books That Make Us Human: Carl Olson

By |2014-01-03T22:05:46-06:00September 14th, 2011|Categories: Books, Books that Make Us Human, Catholicism, Conservatism, St. Augustine|

1. The Bible, It is one of the first books I read (not cover-to-cover, at first, of course), and the first book I memorized passages from as a child. I cannot imagine trying to think about or comprehend the human condition without it. A few specific books within The Good Book that merit note: Genesis [...]