Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg

About Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg

Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg holds a degree in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A school teacher, he is also a writer and speaker on matters of faith, culture, and education. Mr. Rummelsburg is a member of the Teacher Advisory Board and writer of curriculum at the Sophia Institute for Teachers, a contributor to the Integrated Catholic Life, Crisis Magazine, The Civilized Reader, The Standard Bearers, Catholic Exchange, and a founding member of the Brinklings Literary Club.

Good Work and Good Works

By |2016-02-12T15:28:00-05:00May 13th, 2015|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Featured, Religion, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

One of C.S. Lewis’ lesser-known essays, “Good Work and Good Works” was published in the Catholic Arts Quarterly close to Christmas, 1959. Lewis’ assertions in the essay are a testimony to the prescience achieved by authors whose thought is grounded in principles of truth combined with the right use of reason. Over half-a-century ago, Lewis lamented the divorce [...]

On the Killing of Innocents

By |2016-02-12T15:28:02-05:00February 27th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Death, G.K. Chesterton, Morality, St. Thomas Aquinas, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

G.K. Chesterton remarked on insanity in Orthodoxy. He said “Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. I am not, as will be seen, in any sense attacking logic: I only say [...]

Is “Secular Morality” an Oxymoron?

By |2018-10-02T14:38:09-05:00February 19th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Morality, Secularism, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

I grew up in a secular humanist home with highly “educated” parents who were very much the product of the modern age when it came to morality. My parents were good folks, and when I would ask for advice about a particular moral quandary, they would invariably tell me to “pick a course of [...]

Intolerant Orthodoxy in Atlanta

By |2015-02-06T16:01:52-05:00February 7th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Morality, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Virtue|

The cacophony of the modern public square often includes voices that employ rights rhetoric aimed at promoting licentious views, especially in regard to human sexuality. Those who dare to disagree with these advocates by promoting virtue instead of vice will likely have their livelihoods ruined, and consequently what little remains in America of the innocence, decency and common sense [...]

You Throw Like A Girl!

By |2015-01-06T01:26:16-05:00January 6th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Feminism, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

The feminist movement may have been started by women with legitimate gripes but it has become reactionary to the point of the absurd. Early on as the movement began to pick up steam it meandered into an ill-advised liaison with Marxism. Licentious cohabitation yielded a hideous progeny, a hydra we call “radical feminism.” The [...]

Elves and Fairy Tales for Christmas

By |2015-01-06T17:03:30-05:00December 24th, 2014|Categories: Books, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

Do you ever wonder about Santa’s elves? In the German folkloric tradition, Jacob Grimm tells us that the elves accompanying the kindly gift-giver were there to threaten, beat, or kidnap naughty children. These creatures were associated with the “house-spirit” or “kebold-elf” which could be good or vicious. There are many traditions around the world [...]

Black Friday in the Inferno

By |2014-11-25T17:06:03-05:00November 28th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Dante, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

There are seven deaths and ninety injuries on record attributed to seven nights’ worth of Black Friday Shopping for the last seven years. Not exactly an actuarial tsunami, and perhaps not an iron clad statistic, but imagine how much insult and damage go unreported? Though chances of surviving Black Friday are very high, even if [...]

Road Trip

By |2014-08-19T23:50:55-05:00August 20th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Education, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

I have been absent from the pages of The Imaginative Conservative these last several weeks, a place that I consider to be my literary home. The diversity of topics that The Imaginative Conservative publishes helped to foster a growing place of residence in my mind, a residence forged by the character of this journal [...]

Weird Science: The Scientization of the Public Schools

By |2015-05-27T13:22:37-05:00July 15th, 2014|Categories: Education, Featured, Science, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

Public education in the last sixty years has become increasingly meaningless because standards revolve around empty skill sets worked out through bankrupt curricular materials and are driven by a fatally flawed pedagogy. Not only have the public schools lost sight of what an “education” is, they have misused empirical science to criminally reduce the [...]