Carl Olson

About Carl Olson

Carl E. Olson is the editor of Ignatius Insight and Catholic World Report. He is the co-author of The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code.

Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives: The Joy of Reading

By |2016-02-16T14:32:51-05:00December 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 |2013-11-24T19:19:54-05:00October 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 |2016-08-03T10:37:33-05:00March 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 |2014-01-03T22:05:46-05:00September 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 [...]