John Goerke

About John Goerke

John T. Goerke is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in the field of Catholic Studies at the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He blogs at Juicy Ecumenism for the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

How Should We Fight the Culture War?

By |2017-03-27T02:09:55-05:00August 17th, 2015|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join John Gorke as he examines the principles necessary to fight justly the culture war. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher) The Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Bell, Jr. may declare victory in at least one respect: He succeeded in getting a relatively [...]

Facebook and the End of Civilization

By |2014-12-11T11:09:02-05:00December 9th, 2014|Tags: |

There has occurred at some point in these last fifty years, a terrible corruption of dystopian fiction. Of course dystopian works are arguably the corruption of utopian works, which were the corruption of serious political philosophy. Plato in his Republic described the good place. Thomas More in his Utopia described the no-place. Aldous Huxley [...]

On Death, Comedy, and Drama

By |2014-08-16T13:25:36-05:00August 16th, 2014|Tags: |

“If you don’t like me just say it.” “I don’t LIKE YOU!!!” “Why don’t you like me? You’re a p—k and I like you.” “Because you make my effort a joke! …. This isn’t a game to me. This isn’t playtime! This is serious…business.” This is the transcript of a conversation between Phillip Seymour [...]

The Writhings of Nihilism

By |2016-02-12T15:28:08-05:00August 8th, 2014|Tags: |

The most searching and dispassionate analysis will yield the irrefutable conclusion that summer is by far the worst season. Both presently and historically, the months when the northern hemisphere faces the full force of the sun are months of turmoil and destruction. Locally, a man will notice his powers suppressed by the sun, his [...]

Fighting a Just (Culture) War

By |2014-09-29T10:50:14-05:00July 11th, 2014|Tags: |

The Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Bell, Jr. may declare victory in at least one respect: He succeeded in getting a relatively sedentary homebody to consider afresh the perils of war. Dr. Bell’s book, Just War as Christian Discipleship, argues that to fight a just war requires more than a check list of ‘do’s’ and [...]