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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]