Stephen Turley

About Stephen Turley

Stephen Turley is an internationally recognized scholar, speaker, and blogger at; furthermore, he is the author of Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Dr. Turley is a teacher of Theology, Greek, and Rhetoric at Tall Oaks Classical School in New Castle, Delaware, and professor of Fine Arts at Eastern University.

The Profoundly Humane Vision of “Groundhog Day”

By |2021-02-02T09:25:35-06:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Classical Education, Culture, Film, Great Books, Liberal Learning|

The protagonist of the film “Groundhog Day” discovers that what makes life worth living is not immediate gratification, or moral autonomy, or flippant cynicism, or self-deification, but rather encountering those things that give meaning and purpose to our lives. Today, we are experiencing nothing less than a renaissance of classical education throughout the United States, [...]

Misunderstanding Populism

By |2019-08-22T14:38:50-05:00October 1st, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, Donald Trump, Economics, History, Nationalism, Pat Buchanan, Populism|

Some observers ascribe racist and anti-business sentiments to proponents of a new nationalist political order, but such pejoratives distract from alternative and more plausible explanations for populism’s contemporary popularity… There is much to commend in David Mr. Brooks’ latest op-ed, “The Coming War on Business,” but his assessment goes significantly astray from appraising accurately the [...]

Classical Christian Education and Public Witness

By |2019-10-08T16:26:02-05:00April 16th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Classical Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Timeless Essays, Truth|

Today, both in our schools and wider society, the True, Good, and Beautiful are now whatever one wants them to be. There is simply no divine obligation apart from that which each person chooses to impose upon himself… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Stephen Turley as he [...]

“Field of Dreams”: Baseball, the Prodigal, and Paradise

By |2020-05-28T08:50:38-05:00April 1st, 2017|Categories: Baseball, Featured, Film, Imagination|

The film “Field of Dreams” beautifully portrays in a contemporary idiom the Parable of the Prodigal Son, but even more so, the grand cosmic drama to which that Parable points: that of Paradise lost and Paradise regained. In view of the beginning of baseball season, and as the father of two Little Leaguers, I thought [...]

Uh, Yes, There Are So-Called “Alternative Facts”

By |2017-01-27T21:58:43-06:00January 27th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Donald Trump, Politics|

As the mainstream media tries to salvage what’s left of its damaged credibility, we will no doubt continue to hear about the epidemic of “fake news” outlets and the supposed absurdity of “alternative facts.” But the irony is that mainstream journalists have always been advocating a particular worldview… The mainstream news media has been aglow [...]

The Reawakening of Christian Civilization in Eastern Europe

By |2017-01-24T09:14:53-06:00January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Europe, Foreign Affairs|

We are seeing some impressive examples of the reawakening of Christian civilization in Eastern Europe, indicative of the re-traditionalization that’s going on all over the world in response to the virulently anti-cultural, anti-traditional dynamics of secular globalization… Statue of Jesus in Świebodzin, Poland Recently, there have been some impressive examples of the reawakening [...]

President Trump & the Rise of the Global Religious Right

By |2016-12-18T22:15:44-06:00December 18th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Civilization, Donald Trump, Politics, Religion|

The election of Donald Trump as well as the resurgence of Christianity throughout Eurasia signals that the Religious Right, rather than lying on its deathbed, may be experiencing a new birth... By now we are all too familiar with the refrains resounding from the mainstream media that celebrated prematurely the inevitable landslide victory of Hillary [...]

President Trump and Our Post-Secular Future

By |2016-11-11T22:08:01-06:00November 11th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Donald Trump, Presidency, Secularism|

“Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one American flag.” —Donald J. Trump So on Monday morning, I posted a video on my YouTube channel predicting a Trump win on Tuesday, November 8. I saw the victory coming from three vantage points, two of [...]

Is Classical Education Revitalizing Christian Culture?

By |2019-09-10T17:02:36-05:00September 21st, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Classical Education, Featured|

Patrick Henry College recently brought more honor to the exciting renewal of classical education nationwide. Not only has the small liberal-arts school in Purcellville, Virginia, won nine of the last twelve American Moot Court Association National Championships, but PHC just received international accolades as the first place winner in the 2016 Nelson Mandela World Human [...]

Why Is the Media So Liberal?

By |2016-09-16T17:39:21-05:00August 25th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Journalism, Politics|

I recall seeing a political cartoon that contrasted the way the media treated Tim Tebow versus how it treated Jason Collins, the first openly-homosexual NBA player. It depicted Tebow saying: “I’m a Christian,” and the reporter turns his back to him and walks away muttering: “Keep it to yourself.” Next to that picture, Collins is [...]

Why We Don’t Care About Comey & Clinton

By |2020-10-20T16:58:07-05:00July 10th, 2016|Categories: Constitution, Politics, Rule of Law|

We’ve been conditioned to believe that it is experts like Hillary Clinton and James Comey who maintain the social conditions necessary for our health and happiness. We are all now familiar with the decision by FBI Director James Comey not to seek an indictment against Hillary Clinton for her email scandal. In his announcement, not [...]

A Christian Renewal? What Brexit Means for Traditionalists

By |2016-07-15T23:14:44-05:00June 27th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Culture War, Europe, Featured, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Islam, Nationalism|

On the morning of June 24, the world awoke to a changed Europe. With the so-called Brexit referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union, and as such, the EU lost one of its most important member nations. Almost immediately, there were calls from France, Italy, and the Netherlands to hold similar referenda, jeopardizing [...]

The Orlando Massacre: Why Guns and Christians are Responsible

By |2016-08-30T09:56:44-05:00June 15th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Culture War, Featured, Islam, Politics, Terrorism|

Orlando is the place of make-believe. Disney World, Universal Studios, theme parks: They have all served to enchant the imaginations of millions of children and parents alike. Of course, this magical wonderland was shattered early Sunday morning by the rounds of bullets that killed forty-nine people and injured dozens more at the Pulse nightclub, a [...]

Bathroom Bills & CEOs: Why Corporations Are Siding with Transgenders

By |2016-05-05T22:30:17-05:00May 5th, 2016|Categories: Politics, Religion, Sexuality|

  On March 23, 2016, North Carolina legislators passed HB2, a bill that barred so-called “transgender” people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not correspond with the gender designated on their birth certificates. The bill sought to overturn an anti-discrimination ordinance passed earlier by the city of Charlotte that allowed transgender people to [...]

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