Edmund Burke on Free Will, Christian Charity, & the Good Society

By |2019-09-17T14:09:34-05:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Charity, Christianity, Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Featured, St. Augustine|

Christianity, Edmund Burke held, is the great equalizer. Not only is it the first force in the world to recognize the moral equality of all men and women, but it allows the high and the low to become one in their equal desire for the good society… In a manner similar to Cicero with [...]

Mercy and the Liberal Arts

By |2019-09-03T15:08:32-05:00December 11th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Charity, Classics, Liberal Arts|

Inasmuch as mercy is a human virtue, and the liberal arts are human education, the virtue of mercy is precisely the sort of thing one will explore in a good liberal arts curriculum… I would like to begin by drawing attention to the title of our symposium, “Mercy and the Liberal Arts.” It’s an intuitive [...]

Does the Church Oppose the Free Market?

By |2016-08-29T16:24:30-05:00August 27th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Charity, Economics|

It’s quite easy to forgive those who experience an attack of nausea upon hearing the phrase “Catholic Social Thinking.” In light of the misuse from which that phrase has suffered over the past half-century alternative responses are all too likely to indicate either that a person has not been paying attention or is lacking [...]

A Church for the Poor

By |2020-09-29T08:53:44-05:00August 8th, 2015|Categories: Architecture, Charity, Christianity, Culture, Featured|

When the poor see beauty they see God. Why? Because “beauty” is God’s middle name. What building can better point the poor towards Christ than a church: a house of God that welcomes them, embraces them, and lifts them up. “[Saint] Peter teaches us to look to the poor through the eyes of faith [...]

Liberty, Equality and Fraternity: Those Three Impostors

By |2019-11-07T10:47:39-06:00June 6th, 2014|Categories: Charity, Conservatism, Dwight Longenecker, Equality, Virtue|

Like most everyone I could not help but be moved by the musical Les Miserables. It seemed a powerful story of redemption, and I even found myself feeling sympathetic to the young revolutionaries as they sang their final stirring anthem from the barricades. I am afraid that is where my sympathy for the Jacobins [...]

The Case for Bourgeois Oblige

By |2019-02-26T16:39:56-06:00April 25th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Charity, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Dwight Longenecker|

My father was a born again businessman. A fervent Evangelical Christian, he owned and operated a chain of six men’s clothing stores in South Carolina. Sometimes his fellow Christians would ask, “Jim don’t you feel a bit guilty making so much profit?” “Not at all!” my Dad would grin, “I want to make as [...]

Practicing Tolerance: A Reconsideration for Our Day

By |2019-11-19T17:26:20-06:00March 15th, 2013|Categories: Charity, Christendom, Christianity, Ideology|

It is easy to forget that tolerance was not original to the Enlightenment. After all, this is the narrative handed to us by most scholars and pundits.  We forget that during the Reformation entire regions and cities like Alsace, Ravensburg, Lausanne, and Augsburg developed types of bi-confessionalism, where different confessions shared civic power and [...]

Remembering Reagan’s Compassion

By |2017-06-20T13:14:47-05:00September 18th, 2010|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Charity, Politics|

For the past 15 years, I have been involved with philanthropy in America—as a philanthropic advisor to donors, as a social entrepreneur, a nonprofit leader, and advisor to leaders of faith-based organizations that serve the homeless, prisoners, recovering addicts, and at-risk children. I also collaborated with the efforts of the Bush Administration’s Faith-Based Initiative. [...]

Review of Arthur C. Brooks’ “Who Really Cares”

By |2019-05-02T13:16:42-05:00September 13th, 2010|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Books, Charity|

Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism America’s Charity Divide – Who Gives, Who Doesn’t, and Why it Matters, by Arthur C. Brooks We live in two Americas: “America the Selfish” and “America the Charitable,” according to Arthur Brooks. If one maps these two Americas, their boundaries align closely to the political [...]

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