G.K. Chesterton and the Dandelion: The Romance of Receptiveness

By |2016-07-17T10:00:08-05:00August 16th, 2013|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Sainthood, Stratford Caldecott|

G.K. Chesterton And at this I cursed them and kicked at them and made an exhibition of myself; having made myself the champion of the Lion’s Tooth, with a dandelion rampant on my crest. Gilbert Keith Chesterton (d. 1936), who wrote these words, was an English “man of letters” – a novelist, journalist, [...]

A Truly Human Economy

By |2019-09-02T09:53:40-05:00August 6th, 2013|Categories: Books, Communio, Economics, Featured, Labor/Work, Stratford Caldecott|Tags: , |

Around the turn of the century, England lost its only Catholic college dedicated to the exploration of social thought, economics, and politics (Plater College in Oxford). It seems remarkable not only that it was allowed to close, but that it had been the only institution of its kind. In the U.S., fortunately, there are several [...]

Hans Urs von Balthasar and Global Theatre

By |2016-02-12T15:28:20-06:00August 3rd, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Film, Hans Urs von Balthasar|Tags: |

Hans Urs von Balthasar You might think your own point of view is the best way to tell your life story. But what about other people? Don’t they have a perspective that also helps tell the full story? The Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar famously came up with an amazing analogy to think about [...]

The Power of the Ring – New Expanded Edition

By |2019-09-28T09:23:39-05:00July 27th, 2013|Categories: Books, Christianity, Communio, Featured, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stratford Caldecott|

Some years ago I wrote a book about Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. It was called Secret Fire by the publisher DLT, and The Power of the Ring in the USA (Crossroad didn’t like the UK title). This year, with financial troubles at DLT, it went out of print (in both versions) and I was asked by Crossroad [...]

Essence of Beauty

By |2016-07-17T10:00:15-05:00July 22nd, 2013|Categories: Beauty, Communio, Featured, Stratford Caldecott, Truth|

Stars in the Water, by Rosie Caldecott Traditionally, truth, goodness and beauty are properties of all being, of everything that exists, in one degree or another. Truth is being as known­­– the correspondence and coherence of the idea and the reality. Goodness is being as willed–acting in accordance with the fullness of that [...]

Ainulindale: Music of Creation in Tolkien

By |2016-07-17T10:00:21-05:00July 17th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Featured, J.R.R. Tolkien, Music, Myth, Stratford Caldecott|

“There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will.” (Hamlet V.II.) Both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien saw the creation of the world as taking place in some way through music. Readers of the Narniad will recall Aslan singing Narnia into being in The Magician’s Nephew. As for Tolkien, he composed a [...]

Uniting Faith and Culture: Hans Urs von Balthasar

By |2019-07-15T23:00:01-05:00July 14th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Culture, Faith, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar|Tags: |

Hans Urs von Balthasar There are a number of reasons why it could be said, albeit from different perspectives, that the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905–1988) occupies a unique place among the great thinkers of the twentieth century.[1] From the point of view of sheer literary volume, he is almost alone [...]

The Truth About Political Correctness

By |2019-07-15T16:16:55-05:00July 12th, 2013|Categories: Communio, Equality, Featured, Reason, Stratford Caldecott, Truth|Tags: |

Political correctness identifies a syndrome we all recognize, but is hard to define. It can be best described as a set of attitudes rather than an ideology, since viewed philosophically it is completely incoherent. It can perhaps be traced back to the French Revolution, in the aftermath of which various slogans became fashionable—mostly involving “Liberty” [...]

The Question of Purpose

By |2016-02-14T16:01:05-06:00July 7th, 2013|Categories: Classical Education, Communio, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Stratford Caldecott, Western Civilization|

Our society, indeed what remains of Western civilization, seems to many people to be falling apart. The economic crisis, the moral crisis, the ecological crisis, and the political crisis combine to create a “perfect storm”. But they all stem from one fundamental error. As a society, we have abandoned a sense of cosmic and moral [...]

Belief and the Public Square

By |2019-04-18T12:41:50-05:00July 7th, 2013|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, David L. Schindler, Faith, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Religion|Tags: , , , , |

Heart of the World, Center of the Church: Communio, Ecclesiology, Liberalism, and Liberation, by David L. Schindler Queen Victoria’s first prime minister, William Lamb, Viscount Melbourne, cultivated an elegant indifference to matters of the soul. “Things have come to a pretty pass,” he once remarked, “when religion is permitted to invade the sphere of private [...]


By |2016-07-17T10:00:39-05:00July 3rd, 2013|Categories: Beauty, Communio, Featured, Order, Stratford Caldecott|

Frost Fractal The world as a whole is complex, but it is also a unity. It is “simplex”, founded on simple principles. Poets, painters, scientists and mathematicians are all searching for simplexity in their own way. Aesthetic pleasure is very largely the delight we feel in seeing order, meaning and relationship—the beauty that [...]

Science and Spirit: Beyond the Wasteland

By |2016-07-17T10:00:40-05:00June 22nd, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, David L. Schindler, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

Theodore Roszak Where The Wasteland Ends: Politics And Transcendence In Postindustrial Society, by Theodore Roszak The burden of this book is to explode the myth that the problems attendant upon the technocratic culture can be resolved by technology. More accurately, its aim is to show that acceptance of this myth is precisely what [...]

The Man of Steel: Reinventing Jesus?

By |2016-02-14T16:01:05-06:00June 21st, 2013|Categories: Communio, Film, Stratford Caldecott, Superheroes, Superman|

Striking poses in a church is not Superman’s usual schtick, but here he is in his own comic (4 June 2004) startling a priest by turning up for…a sort of confession. He is still wearing the classic costume, which was later redesigned for the “New 52” and the spectacular MAN OF STEEL, recently released. But [...]

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