The Story of Each of Us

By |2017-06-14T14:22:20-05:00June 12th, 2017|

The chief purpose of life, for any one of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by this knowledge to praise and thanks. What will you do?… Editor’s Note: This address was delivered to the graduating class of 2017, Hillsdale [...]

The Last of the Romans: Charles Carroll of Carrollton

By |2016-11-07T07:46:56-05:00June 14th, 2016|

The last of the American signers of the Declaration of Independence to pass from this world, Charles Carroll of Carroll was also one of the most formally educated of the American founders. Living seventeen years in France and England, Carroll earned his B.A. in the traditional liberal arts and an M.A. in philosophy. He [...]

History of States’ Rights, 1774-1817

By |2019-03-28T11:45:54-05:00February 7th, 2013|

On the eve of the American Revolution, most American thinkers had embraced the idea of all rights (and, therefore, sovereignty) being inherited.[1] Americans, as brothers and descendents of Englishmen, were entitled to the rights inherited from the English through the development of Anglo-Saxon common law and through the several political battles, such as those witnessed [...]

Charles Carroll, the Catholic Founder: An Interview with Dr. Bradley J. Birzer

By |2013-12-03T21:39:36-05:00March 1st, 2012|Tags: , |

by Carl Olson Dr. Bradley J. Birzer is the author of Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth. In this interview he talks with Carl E. Olson, editor of Ignatius Insight, about his most recent book, American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll. Ignatius Insight: Why a book about [...]

Is There Ever A Line In The Sand?

By |2014-01-22T18:26:21-05:00February 14th, 2012|

My Theme for the evening: it seems as though no matter the transgression “conservatives” will not draw lines in the sand, we need to start “drawing lines in the sand.” Why the line is important – if you are constantly giving up ground you eventually find yourself with nothing to stand on-see this years [...]

A Church of Their Own: Early American Catholics and Rome

By |2015-11-23T17:46:54-05:00July 5th, 2011|

John Carroll statue at Georgetown University Defeated in his plan to have the selection of American bishops conform to the republican mores of the United States, Carroll moved ahead with his efforts to Americanize the Church. Carroll wanted to ensure that the Catholic Church in America would be sensitive to Protestant and [...]