Jane Clark Scharl

About Jane Clark Scharl

Jane Scharl received her Bachelors of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the King’s College in New York, and has written for National Review Online, InEarnest Magazine, and Comment Magazine.

Anthropological Architecture

By |2019-05-25T14:34:38-05:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Culture|

We don’t often stop and consider the elements, material and otherwise, that makeup architecture and urban spaces. Often, we think of them as simply the background against which we live, the setting for the drama of our human existence... “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” —Winston Churchill People love good streets. Americans who [...]

“Submission”: The Crumbling of the Secular West

By |2019-10-10T12:10:19-05:00October 19th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Community, Culture, Existence of God, Featured, Western Civilization|

A straightforward reading of Michel Houellebecq’s book shows that the author wants to consider the possibility that religion—not spiritualism, not some kind of therapeutic deism, but true, practiced, day-to-day religion—soothes our longings and grants us some measure of peace and satisfaction, a measure withheld by secular liberalism… Submission: A Novel by Michel Houellebecq (Groupe Flammarion, 2015) [...]

Why “Secular Christmas” Cannot Save Us

By |2019-12-17T16:00:24-06:00December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Art, Christianity, Christmas, Culture|

As the rift in Western culture between secular traditions and sacred traditions grows wider, the scramble to explain ourselves, to sublimate our experiences and give them meaning, becomes increasingly frantic... My husband and I couldn’t do family Christmas gifts this year, so instead we decided to write thoughtful notes to each family member reflecting on [...]

The Death of Community?

By |2019-10-23T12:44:29-05:00August 19th, 2016|Categories: Community, Culture, Robert Nisbet|

In the 1950s, Robert Nisbet summarized the effects of nineteenth-century individualism on modern humans in the book The Quest for Community: “[Nineteenth-century] individualism has resulted in masses of normless, unattached, insecure individuals who lose even the capacity for independent, creative living.” His brutally honest assessment is only more true today; our public universities are busy [...]

Finding Happiness in Our Cell Phones?

By |2019-09-25T15:57:51-05:00May 21st, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Culture, Featured, Happiness, St. Thomas Aquinas|

It’s called FOMO: that sneaking Fear Of Missing Out on the experience that will make us feel happy and fulfilled—what Aristotle calls “human flourishing.” It comes from a belief that happiness comes from something we do, and social media exacerbate our fears, because when we see other people accomplish, experience, or achieve something we haven’t, [...]

The Cologne Riots & the Loss of a Moral Language

By |2016-01-28T12:21:28-06:00January 21st, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Europe, Immanuel Kant, Immigration, Winston Churchill, World War II|

On December 31, 2015, a mob of young Arab and North African men, perhaps as many as 1,000, assaulted, groped, harassed, and in some cases even raped European women in Cologne, Germany. It took almost a week for police to corroborate social media reports of the crime wave, and even longer for authorities to take [...]

“The Man in the High Castle”: The Uses of Alternative History

By |2020-05-08T16:53:52-05:00December 30th, 2015|Categories: Culture, Featured, Film, Freedom, Literature, World War II|

Ridley Scott’s TV adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle came to Amazon in November, and bluntly put, it’s a horrifying ten hours. The premise says it all: What if the Allies had lost World War II? We see America divided between a Nazi regime in the east and a Japanese empire [...]

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