The Abyss of Grievance

By |2021-04-30T11:49:37-05:00May 1st, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Ethnicity, Glenn Arbery, Politics, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

No question, the history of race in America is a vexed one. There are real wrongs to address, certainly, but there is also a persistent state of grievance, a kind of moral or spiritual condition, in which one eschews peace of mind, an abyss of soul where one relives injustices done or imagines the goods [...]

Listening to the Bible With David Suchet

By |2021-05-01T21:32:47-05:00May 1st, 2021|Categories: Beauty, Christian Living, Christianity, Michael De Sapio, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

In hearing the Bible read, the Word takes flesh before us and changes the souls of those who hear it. David Suchet’s delivery in his audiobook version combines force and gentleness. Never do you sense that he is simply doing a celebrity gig, or offering the Bible as a literary monument; he truly believes in [...]

On Hearing Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater”

By |2021-04-30T11:15:13-05:00April 30th, 2021|Categories: Antonin Dvorak, Audio/Video, Catholicism, Fr. James Schall, Music|

The music of Antonin Dvorak's "Stabat Mater" is itself redemptive. By the time we arrive at the last stanza, we comprehend that the words of the hymn through the very grandeur of the music have led us from a most somber and tragic experience with corresponding musical setting to a new hope—that death, though present, [...]

Lessons That Great Poems Teach

By |2021-04-29T07:30:21-05:00April 28th, 2021|Categories: Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Literature, Poetry|

Great Christian poetry teaches us many priceless lessons about life. Engagement with the enraptured vision of wonder-filled poets enables students to learn that virtue is the necessary prerequisite for the perception of the fullness of the beauty of reality. I recently taught a short six-class course for Homeschool Connections on “Poems Every Catholic Should Know.” [...]

The Monster and the Christians

By |2021-04-28T12:54:56-05:00April 27th, 2021|Categories: Beowulf, Christianity, David Deavel, Easter, Literature, Myth, Senior Contributors|

Like Beowulf, we can fight the dragons in our lives with joy and hope, for the Great Dragon had his death blow on the original D-Day when a man walked out of a tomb two thousand years ago. The Lutheran theologian Oscar Cullman famously compared the death and resurrection of Christ to D-Day. After the [...]

10 C.S. Lewis Books Every Imaginative Conservative Should Read

By |2021-04-19T16:19:36-05:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Imaginative Conservative Books, Senior Contributors|

Few would dispute the claim that C.S. Lewis was the last century’s greatest Christian apologist, rivaled only by G.K. Chesterton and Pope John Paul II. While all three wrote voluminously, Lewis’s books had the broadest appeal. Even atheists read Lewis’s Christian books, if only for the art of them. Surely, we can do better than [...]

America Is a Pagan Nation: Now What?

By |2021-04-22T09:19:58-05:00April 17th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture|

So why are third-millennium Americans leaving religion? The reason isn't clear, but I would argue that the proper response is counter-intuitive: become more explicitly “religious,” not less. Make Christianity a clear alternative to the culture, not just another option among many. When I logged into Twitter on Easter Monday morning, I was pleasantly surprised. As [...]

Fields of Culture

By |2021-04-27T20:25:41-05:00April 17th, 2021|Categories: Community, Culture, Glenn Arbery, Liberal Learning, Wyoming Catholic College|

The culture of a real community like that of college isn’t simply a matter of texts and discussions of ideas, but of live emotion and thought, real presence to each other, a continuous awareness and exchange that locates each person in the larger community. Yesterday afternoon, during one of our regular meetings with the freshman [...]

Easter for Misfits

By |2021-04-27T20:36:02-05:00April 9th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Easter, Flannery O'Connor, Glenn Arbery, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

For those doing all right by themselves like Flannery O’Connor’s Misfit, Christ’s Resurrection from the dead throws everything off balance because it introduces something entirely new. To believe the testimony of the Gospels opens avenues to happiness that are entirely discomfiting to the complacency of mere identity. Flannery O’Connor had a way of compressing whole [...]

The Pilgrim’s Calling: John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress”

By |2021-04-06T14:41:56-05:00April 6th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Literature, Paul Krause, Protestant Reformation, Senior Contributors|

John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim’s Progress” contains a shift away from institutional idealism and toward a separationist theology that revived the Theology of Calling. It is perhaps the finest work of English nonconformist literature since John Milton and remains unsurpassed more than three centuries later. Next to John Milton’s Paradise Lost, there is no greater representative [...]

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