Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity

By |2019-06-13T10:56:13-05:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Communio, David L. Schindler, Politics|

Catholics are generally aware that the background preparations for what was to become the Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom emphasized that truth alone had rights, and that error was at best to be tolerated. Catholics are also generally aware that, after the early debates regarding religious freedom, the Council shifted its emphasis away from the [...]

Home and Hearth: A Cautionary Christmas With Washington Irving

By |2018-12-08T00:35:23-06:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Advent, Books, Charles Dickens, Christendom, Christianity, Christine Norvell, Christmas, G.K. Chesterton, Literature, Senior Contributors|

In the 1820s, Washington Irving was credited with inspiring the romantic revival of Christmas in America. His Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gentleman relayed sentimental tales of the British holiday with all its romance and traditions. The five Christmas tales were later published in 1875 as a separate collection titled Old Christmas.* Having lived in London and its [...]

Winning the Long Defeat

By |2018-11-28T21:55:23-06:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, Christianity, Conservatism, Culture War, Freedom of Religion, Heroism, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Sainthood|

Actually I am a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect “history” to be anything but a “long defeat”—though it contains… some samples or glimpses of final victory. – J.R.R. Tolkien Together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat. – Galadriel My kingdom is not of this [...]

Great Books, Higher Education, and the Logos

By |2018-11-26T09:45:40-06:00November 4th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Education, Great Books, Liberal Learning, Timeless Essays|

The ends of higher education are the acquisition of wisdom and virtue and the serious pursuit of knowledge and truth. Reading the Great Books helps us to get to these ends. Informed by the wisdom, the beauty, the goodness, and the truth we encounter in Great Books, we can responsibly and humanely practice our vocation [...]

Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age

By |2019-07-23T11:43:15-05:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christendom, Christian Living, Community, Friendship, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

What is friendship? Why is it important and why is it worth cultivating? These axiomatic questions form a significant part of the thought and writing of C. S. Lewis. In a letter to his lifelong friend, Arthur Greeves, Lewis touched upon the heart and meaning of friendship: The First [Universal Friend] is the alter [...]

Columbus the Exemplar

By |2018-10-16T20:23:52-05:00October 7th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Culture, History, Leadership, RAK, Russell Kirk, Timeless Essays|

Christopher Columbus offers us the example of those virtues that the old Romans called fortitude and constancy; and the example of those virtues that the early Christians called faith and hope... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Russell Kirk as he considers the character and legacy of the [...]

The Augustine Option: A Third Way?

By |2019-06-06T12:17:44-05:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Conservatism, Culture, St. Augustine|

If we are indeed witnessing the nadir of American politics—or at least its accelerating decline—we should listen closely to Augustine. The “Augustine Option,” meaning a life lived in the final years of Rome, can offer key insights into how we should understand and address these tumultuous times... To the continued debate over whether religious Americans [...]

The End of Modernity

By |2018-10-06T16:59:31-05:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, Culture, History, Hope, Modernity, Pope Benedict XVI, Wyoming Catholic College|

Modernity, by God’s grace, may be the site of a new synthesis, the transcending of stale categories of thought and practice, in which a new Christendom can emerge, one in which the reign of God in His glory and love emerges side-by-side with the full dignity and flourishing of man… The Immanent Frame and [...]

How the Medieval Church Made Modern Liberty

By |2019-05-23T10:29:19-05:00October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Civil Society, Constitution, Culture, Great Books, History, Liberty|

It is a small step from the charters and constitutions of the Medieval Church to our own Declaration of Independence… The civilization of the West is rendered an intelligible unit and distinguished from the alternatives by three characteristics present nowhere else: monotheism in religion, philosophy, and science as a means for understanding the natural [...]

Why Do Progressives Hate the West So Much?

By |2017-11-11T12:20:29-06:00July 30th, 2017|Categories: Christendom, Civilization, Donald Trump, Europe, Featured, History, Ideology, Joseph Pearce, Progressivism, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|

President Trump was right to defend the West, a civilization which goes back to the Homeric epic and the Hebrew prophets, and having been baptized by Christ, is “not the property of any particular race but the universal aspiration of humankind”… In an essay for The Atlantic earlier this month, Peter Beinart, an associate [...]

Getting the Middle Ages Right: The Plight of the English Worker

By |2019-09-02T10:10:45-05:00July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Christendom, Economics, England, Featured, History, Labor/Work|

There were pre-modern times when workers enjoyed broad prosperity and rights, thanks largely to the Church, which has long safeguarded and improved the state of workers and all society… In the quest for a golden age for workers, few would look beyond free markets in modern times. This position is backed up by economists [...]

How Would Christopher Dawson Redeem the West?

By |2019-07-14T13:53:06-05:00July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, St. John Henry Newman, Timeless Essays, Western Civilization|

Christopher Dawson held that the Christian religion created a distinctive culture that not only preceded, but has continued long after, the thirteenth century. It is only by examining this cultural dynamism that one can appreciate why modern society is a mutilated, or a “secularized,” version of Christendom… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series [...]