The Church, Eternity, & the Signs of the Times

By |2018-07-28T22:10:09-05:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Modernity|

What is the connection between time and eternity? Twitter and scripture? How can we use human language to speak of divine things? It’s complicated, so it’s not surprising we sometimes get it wrong. Gaudium et Spes, a document of the Second Vatican Council, says the Church should read the signs of the times, so that “in [...]

The Left vs. Human Nature

By |2018-07-24T21:06:29-05:00December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Culture, Featured, Liberal, Nature, Politics, Progressivism, Timeless Essays, Truth|

Human nature exists, and we cannot deal with life in a sensible way without accepting that. So the question we face is how to overcome an outlook that categorically rejects the very concept and is deeply rooted in the way the people who dominate our political life understand the world… Today’s offering in our Timeless [...]

Christians & the Revolutionary State

By |2017-06-23T20:50:24-05:00June 24th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Government, Morality, Politics|

Our support for health, education, and welfare must take some form other than support for state systems that serve intrinsically destructive goals… To what extent should Christians support an essentially evil government? The question is unaccustomed. The Church views government as natural and necessary, and she normally favors obedience even to tyrannical governments as long [...]

Tradition: Worthy of Being Ignored?

By |2018-10-11T16:28:39-05:00August 18th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Culture War, Tradition|

In a recent essay I noted that tradition is not self-contained or absolute. It’s complex, so that superior, subordinate, and parallel traditions often come into conflict. Local tradition may say one thing, Church or national tradition quite another. Also, tradition is not about itself but about goods toward which it’s oriented, so it’s relative to something higher, [...]

Downplaying Doctrine

By |2015-01-23T15:54:57-06:00January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity|Tags: , |

Man is a rational animal. That does not mean he is always reasonable, but it does mean that his actions are guided by what he believes about the world and how it hangs together. Reality comes first for him, or at least it should and often does. That is one reason love of God—of the Most Real [...]

Should the Church Be Involved in Politics?

By |2014-12-12T15:12:49-06:00December 12th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Politics|Tags: , |

For more than 1500 years the Church was a major influence on Western politics. That is how it should be. Ultimate standards matter, and if the Church does not explain what they are and how to apply them someone else will. It is not an improvement when her authority gives way to that of journalists, [...]

Conservatism: Its Meaning and Prospects

By |2016-08-03T10:37:00-05:00November 17th, 2013|Categories: Christendom, Conservatism, Liberalism|Tags: , |

Conservatism at bottom is resistance to the technocratic project, the modern attempt to turn the social world into a sort of universal machine for the maximum satisfaction of preferences. That project has been growing up for a long time. It comes out of an understanding of knowledge and the world with its roots in the early [...]

Good Sense, Conservatism and Faith

By |2019-04-25T11:23:06-05:00November 14th, 2013|Categories: Faith|Tags: , |

Is religious faith necessary for conservatism? A more basic question is whether it is necessary for good sense, since it is for the sake of good sense that we are conservative. If it were otherwise, conservatism would be a hobby or an ideology, and it is neither; it is simply the appearance good sense takes [...]

Out of the Antiworld of Liberal Modernity

By |2014-01-29T14:14:11-06:00October 13th, 2013|Categories: Liberalism, Modernity, Politics|Tags: , |

Recent liberal successes, such as the ongoing redefinition of marriage to include same-sex relationships, dramatize the failure of social conservatism in public discussion. What is most striking to conservatives about the situation is the conviction among intelligent and influential people that conservative social views are altogether baseless, so that adherence to them is an intellectual [...]

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