Dermot Quinn

About Dermot Quinn

Dermot Quinn is Professor of History and the Director of Graduate Studies at Seton Hall University. Born in Ireland, he has taught at Oxford University and held a fellowship at Amherst College, MA. He is the assistant editor of the Chesterton Review, author of two books, Patronage and Piety: English Roman Catholics and Politics, 1850-1900 and Understanding Northern Ireland and is author of numerous articles on Christopher Dawson and G.K. Chesterton's social thinking.

Religion and the Conservative Mind

By |2019-08-20T15:30:08-05:00December 18th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Featured, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind, Timeless Essays|

Forgetting flawed human nature, the reason-worshipper becomes a sort of fundamentalist of the mind, convinced that intellect alone holds the key to wisdom… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Dermot Quinn as he examines the role of religion in Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher To [...]

Reaching for Something Beyond: Father Ian Ker

By |2016-07-26T15:49:33-05:00April 1st, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Hilaire Belloc|Tags: , |

The Catholic Revival in English Literature, 1845-1961: Newman, Hopkins, Belloc, Chesterton, Greene, Waugh, by Father Ian Ker, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003. Father Ian Ker, distinguished theologian, literary critic, and biographer, has not been idle since the publication of his acclaimed life of John Henry Newman in 1988. Books, articles, and reviews [...]

Religion and The Conservative Mind

By |2014-09-29T10:51:11-05:00November 15th, 2013|Categories: Political Science Reviewer, Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind|Tags: , |

To know The Conservative Mind is to know the mind of its remarkable author, Russell Kirk. He was an old-fashioned man—courtly, retiring, serene, formal in dress and manner—whose view of the world, proclaimed by every photograph, was traditional, anti-modern, even obscure. Captured in his study, his library, his home, surrounded by pens, books, family, and friends, he [...]

Dawson’s Creed: Why Historians Should Rediscover Christopher Dawson

By |2016-02-18T18:24:35-06:00August 18th, 2013|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Featured, History, Religion|Tags: , |

Historians come in all different shapes and sizes. The well-known ones, those mass-market storytellers we invite into our homes by way of television or bestseller, display enough variety to suit most tastes. There’s David McCullough, courtly and urbane as a Renaissance bishop; Ken Burns, bearded and earnest in the required PBS manner; Michael Beschloss, bronzed [...]

Belief and the Public Square

By |2019-04-18T12:41:50-05:00July 7th, 2013|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, David L. Schindler, Faith, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Religion|Tags: , , , , |

Heart of the World, Center of the Church: Communio, Ecclesiology, Liberalism, and Liberation, by David L. Schindler Queen Victoria’s first prime minister, William Lamb, Viscount Melbourne, cultivated an elegant indifference to matters of the soul. “Things have come to a pretty pass,” he once remarked, “when religion is permitted to invade the sphere of private [...]

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