Celebrating the Music of Igor Stravinsky

By |2021-06-16T17:42:57-05:00June 16th, 2021|Categories: Audio/Video, Igor Stravinsky, Michael De Sapio, Music, Senior Contributors|

For the explosive energy and power of his music, and its exploring of unheard-of worlds of sound, Igor Stravinsky was the main figure in 20th-century music. Many of us are affected by the ethos of his music whether we are aware of it or not. Its confidence, sharpness, clarity, precision, and lack of sentimentality are [...]

Indiana Jones: American Epic Hero

By |2021-06-12T12:30:36-05:00June 12th, 2021|Categories: Audio/Video, Featured, Film, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Timeless Essays|

There is only one fictional character who embodies the American spirit in its essence and its entirety, and who is real enough that it seems he should have existed: Indiana Jones, the swashbuckling American archaeologist. Forty years ago today, Raiders of the Lost Ark—perhaps the greatest action-adventure movie of all time—was released. A people, a [...]

A Call to Reform: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “The Cry of the Children”

By |2021-06-08T11:47:34-05:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: Culture, Justice, Labor/Work, Literature, Poetry|

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “The Cry of the Children” recognizes the injustice of the exploitation of child labor, but her protest is not so much against the eternal class struggle as it is against the failures of her culture to remain true to its long-held beliefs. Her poem is thus a call to conserve culture [...]

Picking a Bone With René Girard

By |2021-05-26T16:01:42-05:00June 5th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Civilization, Culture, Theology|

René Girard was a polymath—not only writing on literature, but bringing his theory to bear on anthropology, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and theology. While I greatly admire his work, I would presume to pick a bone with his thought on sacrificial systems in religion. René Girard I was first introduced to the French thinker [...]

Friedrich-Georg Jünger on Technology & Prometheanism

By |2021-06-01T19:40:04-05:00June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Civilization, Culture, Economics, Modernity, Philosophy, Science, Technology|

According to Friedrich-Georg Jünger, modern man’s veneration of technology reveals his distant kinship to the Titans of myth. This ‘titanic’ impulse to dominate and consume expresses itself through our technology-driven industrial economy, which now determines every aspect of life from the air we breathe to the food we eat. Ongoing debates concerning the growing power [...]

Freedom, Western Tradition, & “The Unbroken Thread”

By |2021-05-28T23:13:50-05:00May 28th, 2021|Categories: Books, Culture, Freedom, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|

Sohrab Ahmari’s latest book "The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos" makes the sustained case that too much freedom—or rather, too much of the wrong sort of freedom—can be a kind of slavery. The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos by Sohrab Ahmari [...]

C.S. Lewis on Romanticism

By |2021-05-27T16:58:32-05:00May 27th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Culture, Literature, Philosophy, Senior Contributors|

Though deeply conflicted about Romanticism, C.S. Lewis believed that the Romantics at least asked the right questions and found the right answers. But he also held that they failed to grasp the greater picture of things, which only Christianity truly understands. Somewhat famously, as described in Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis believed that he had [...]

But Is It Safe?

By |2021-05-25T09:22:35-05:00May 25th, 2021|Categories: Character, Culture, Glenn Arbery, Herman Melville, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Virtue, Wyoming Catholic College|

Contemporary culture encourages cowardice as the human norm. This new emphasis, including the decade-old insistence on “safe spaces” at colleges, is something more dangerous than anything we might encounter otherwise. Not long ago, I heard a psychologist saying that the most important thing in his practice is the safety of his clients. Understandably, patients in [...]

Tolkien on Magic, Machines, & Mordor

By |2021-05-20T11:01:01-05:00May 22nd, 2021|Categories: Beauty, Christian Humanism, Conservation, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, J.R.R. Tolkien, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Technology|

Do we use our increasingly sophisticated gadgetry and expanding knowledge in an elvish, creative, and artful way to foster beauty and truth? Or do we use technology to manipulate, make money, and gain more power in the world? One of the stress points of the modern age is the pace and power of technology. Will [...]

Why Can’t They Make Beautiful Windmills?

By |2021-05-21T12:54:32-05:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Beauty, Civilization, Culture, Economics, Environmentalism, John Horvat, Technology|

No one wants these disproportional, ugly windmills. People don’t want their views obstructed. Even in a godless society, the modern cult of ugliness is so unnatural that human nature rebels against it. So why can’t they make beautiful windmills? Why must the industry insist upon these cold, depressing behemoths? A green new world is coming [...]

Ordinary Things, Extraordinary Genius

By |2021-05-20T18:35:05-05:00May 20th, 2021|Categories: Christian Humanism, Culture, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, Truth|

We see, in his poetry and prose, the humour and humility of G.K. Chesterton, but also the extraordinary genius who sees that the ordinary things of life are not merely a matter of life and death but a matter of eternal life and eternal death. The genius of G.K. Chesterton is hard to pin down [...]

Barfield’s Romantic Logos

By |2021-05-18T16:51:59-05:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Humanism, Culture, Imagination, Philosophy, Reason, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

Owen Barfield argued that the modern world must readopt the truths of the Logos, should Western Civilization move beyond its current selfish and totalitarian phase. And this rediscovered love of the Logos must express itself throughout culture and the arts. In 1944, over a decade after Lewis’s conversion to Christianity, half a decade after Tolkien’s [...]

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