Whatever Happened to Noblesse Oblige?

By |2016-02-23T16:13:22-06:00December 10th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Compassion, Culture, Dwight Longenecker|

In the 1980s I served as the vicar of country parish of Brading on the Isle of Wight in England. One of my predecessors was The Rev’d Christian William Hampton Weekes—known affectionately as Hampy. Born in 1880 and educated at Charterhouse and Trinity College, Cambridge, he was the Vicar of Brading from 1935 to his [...]

The Cult of Niceness

By |2019-08-15T12:50:34-05:00November 25th, 2013|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Compassion, Education|Tags: |

More than twenty-five years ago, in The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom pointed out that college students in the United States had become very “nice.” Students in general did not want to offend anyone and there was a constant concern to protect one another’s feelings. Bloom meant this as a half-hearted, even backhanded [...]

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?

By |2014-12-09T11:08:18-06:00May 7th, 2011|Categories: Catholicism, Compassion, Culture, Islam, Julie Baldwin|

Last Tuesday evening, I saw ‘Of Gods and Men’ at the only theater in Cincinnati showing the excellent French film, based on a 1995 true story. There were only three other people in the theater with me, and none of them cried like I did during the latter half of the movie. The monks’ triumphs [...]

Renewing America’s Soul: Part IV of Faith and Civil Society

By |2019-11-26T12:29:03-06:00March 7th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Barbara J. Elliott, Christianity, Civil Society, Compassion, Faith, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Religion, Virtue|Tags: |

When did the conversation of conservatives in America shift predominantly to the realm of politics, to the exclusion of virtually everything else? What was once a rich philosophy of ideas imbedded in imaginative literature, philosophy, history and theology has thinned out to a one-note samba played on a political tin drum. Both political parties have reduced [...]

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