Beauty and the Imagination

By |2019-02-01T10:10:26-05:00January 27th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Christian Humanism, Culture, G.K. Chesterton, Imagination, Nature, Order, Timeless Essays|

The imagination is a gift from God, given in His own image, to conceive of a Glorious Reality that does exist, that we cannot yet fully see... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Aaron Ames, as he considers the Divine source of beauty and imagination.—W. Winston Elliott [...]

Tucker Carlson: The New G.K. Chesterton?

By |2019-04-20T19:52:57-05:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Conservatism, G.K. Chesterton, Populism|

Rather than being condemned as a manipulative populist feeding the people’s paranoia, Tucker Carlson should be commended for asking us to reconsider the first principles of conservatism, and for addressing the same ideas that G.K Chesterton also believed to be a threat to society: materialism, imperialism, feminism, and progressivism... Responding to Mitt Romney’s op-ed in [...]

Being Christopher Dawson’s Friend

By |2019-02-04T22:39:36-05:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Humanism, Christopher Dawson, Christopher Dawson Series by Bradley Birzer, Senior Contributors|

Despite all Christopher Dawson’s quirks and social fears, friends flocked to him; together, they read poetry, discussed philosophy, farmed, and made crafts. Would there have been a European renaissance of Christian Humanism without this friendship centered around “Tiger Dawson”? Almost certainly not… Though he might very well have been the most important Christian Humanist intellectual [...]

The Tower of Babel and Charles Péguy’s Defeatist Optimism

By |2019-01-15T21:43:51-05:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Freedom, History, Hope, Politics|

Latent in the seeds of all social movements, Charles Péguy asserted, are invariably good intentions: altruism, the common good, solidarity, or perhaps the search for truth. Why, then, must they all end in politics? One of the most influential public intellectuals of the French belle époque, Charles Péguy, had every reason to be weary of [...]

The Classics and Christianity

By |2019-01-11T15:44:57-05:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Civilization, Classical Education, Classics, Culture, Great Books, Homer, Liberal Learning, Literature, Myth, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors, St. Augustine, Virgil, Western Civilization, Western Tradition, Worldview|

Christians invented the classical curriculum; it is as much part of the broader Western inheritance as it is specifically part of the Christian inheritance… Why study old books? How do dusty old books written by dead men and women thousands of years ago grow my faith? Such can be common thoughts when the Christian [...]

Conversations on Christian Humanism

By |2019-01-06T13:39:27-05:00January 6th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Liberal Learning|

Christians, in alliance with believing Jews and even virtuous pagans, must sanctify the world through the Grace of God. For men of good will to fight amongst themselves squanders precious time and resources, and it leaves the field to the Enemy... As I noted in my previous essay on Christian Humanism, Gleaves Whitney first introduced me—at least [...]

Trinity, Creation, & the Order of Intelligence in the Modern Academy

By |2019-01-02T22:39:00-05:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christian Living, Christianity, Culture War, David L. Schindler, Intelligence, Pope John Paul II|

“Holiness is intended to comprehend the order of being in its entirety.” The Second Vatican Council insists that “all Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love,” and that this holiness fosters a more human life.[1] The present article outlines a [...]

Thomas More on Conscience, Courage, & the Comedy of Politics

By |2018-12-29T23:53:15-05:00December 29th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Christian Humanism, Civil Society, England, History, Natural Law, Philosophy, Politics, Thomas More, Wisdom|

As the gulf between classical and postmodern notions of conscience and government grows ever wider and their clashes more explosive, it is high time for the jury to give renewed attention to the nuances of Thomas More’s understanding of the apparently competing, but ultimately harmonious, demands of divine, natural, and human law… In August of 1534 Margaret [...]

The Uneasy Hiatus of the Infantile Era

By |2019-04-07T17:28:53-05:00December 27th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Civilization, Culture, Featured|

The condition of contemporary civilization appears to be a startling combination of the best and the worst: its unprecedented material prosperity and technological ingenuity coexist with what seems to be an equally unprecedented degree of cultural crudeness and spiritual vacuity. Since this is an uneasy and likely unsustainable coexistence, it is only reasonable to inquire [...]

Mercy as a Reality Illuminated by Reason

By |2018-12-26T23:16:41-05:00December 26th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Charity, Christian Humanism, Communio, David L. Schindler, Pope Francis|

In his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium [EG], Pope Francis insists that we need to anchor our approach to the Church’s missionary task in the Incarnate Word as the principle of reality (“il criterio di realtà”: 233). This principle can be a guide for “the development of life in society and the building of a people,” [...]

Meeting Christian Humanism

By |2018-12-26T22:07:14-05:00December 26th, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Culture War|

One of the things that I have, blessedly, never taken for granted is how many astounding intellects, diverse personalities, and creative persons I’ve encountered in my life. I don’t know what I did to deserve such interactions, but I’m both humbled and inspired by it all. As I’ve had the chance to note several [...]

“The God in the Cave”

By |2018-12-21T02:55:29-05:00December 24th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Christmas, Existence of God, G.K. Chesterton, Myth, Philosophy, Religion, Truth|

This sketch of the human story began in a cave; the cave which popular science associates with the cave-man and in which practical discovery has really found archaic drawings of animals. The second half of human history, which was like a new creation of the world, also begins in a cave. There is even a [...]

A Christmas Meditation on the Mind and Task of the Christian Humanist

By |2018-12-24T17:23:10-05:00December 24th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Gleaves Whitney|

The Christian humanist understands this: that human beings are not Homo sapiens, not wise; but they are Homo in medio, “in the middle of things.” Thus, it falls to us to mediate between the many polarities that define our existence. The Christian humanist ponders these polarities as already set out in the creation story. In [...]

Christianity’s Home in Homelessness

By |2019-02-18T02:39:13-05:00December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Featured, G.K. Chesterton|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Casey Spinks, as he examines the Christian notion of home. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The history of Western philosophy may be but a footnote on Plato, but the history of the whole of Western philosophy, theology, politics, science, art, and [...]