Joshua Hren

About Joshua Hren

Joshua Hren, Ph.D. is founder and editor of Wiseblood Books and co-founder of the Honors College at Belmont Abbey. He has published numerous essays and poems in such journals as First Things, Dappled Things, Evangelization & Culture, America, The University Bookman, and LOGOS. Joshua's books include the story collections This Our Exile (Angelico 2018) and In the Wine Press (Angelico 2020), as well as How to Read (and Write) Like a Catholic (forthcoming, TAN 2021).

Flaubert’s Fictional Faith

By |2020-11-14T09:49:27-06:00November 14th, 2020|Categories: Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Faith, Fiction, Literature|

Although Gustave Flaubert professed to be a mystic who believed in nothing, in “A Simple Heart,” he gives us an unironic portrait of guileless faith that melds the hagiographer’s preoccupation with sanctity with the modern fictionist’s oblique incorporation of symbols. In so doing, the professed atheist purifies the cynical soul. Since doubt was carried into [...]

New Blood in New Books

By |2019-01-23T12:59:57-06:00April 28th, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Literature|

Books bequeath a poetic knowledge that human beings simply cannot obtain in any other way. As long as souls long for the preservation of wisdom, for a shared conversation that spans time and place, we will have books… Joshua Hren is an Assistant Director of the Honors College at Belmont Abbey and Editor-in-Chief of Wiseblood [...]

Poetic Knowledge of the City

By |2021-04-28T14:26:02-05:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Character, Civilization, Community, Culture, Greek Epic Poetry, Homer, Iliad, Poetry|

What we need today to re-create the beautiful city, an icon through which to see the glorious City of God, is a new “Iliad,” a new story that will manifest “what the many do together,” for what the many do together “rarely lacks a certain nobility, or beauty.” In his Metamorphoses of the City, Catholic [...]

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