“Triumph of the Will”: The Culture of Death on Screen

By |2020-09-03T00:11:08-05:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Death, Europe, Film, History, War, World War II|

Commissioned by Adolf Hitler, “Triumph of the Will” is a terrifying film. It is as if, for a moment, something infernal took control of the camera and caused the audience to be entranced, as it projected a lie into Germany’s consciousness, and then beyond to an unwilling world. As a consequence, 85 million people [...]

Life After Death With the Poets

By |2020-08-14T12:21:34-05:00August 16th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Dante, Death, Great Books, Homer, Joseph Pearce, Poetry, Senior Contributors, Virgil|

The greatest poets, including Homer, Virgil, and Dante, ask what happens to the human soul after death. Do the dead become mere shadows of their former selves or do they become more real? The greatest poets have always asked the most important questions. One of the most important questions concerns the destiny of the [...]

The Pro-Life Themes of Uberto Pasolini’s “Still Life”

By |2020-08-13T15:56:45-05:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Beauty, Community, Culture, Death, Dwight Longenecker, Film, Senior Contributors|

Uberto Pasolini’s “Still Life” is a haunting, original, and moving tribute to human worth and self-sacrificial love at the street level. It is a beautiful, quiet film that packs an emotional and philosophical punch far beyond its weight. Always on the lookout for a film that is better than the formulaic, ideologically-driven entertainment that [...]

Our Culture Is Attempting Suicide

By |2020-08-12T13:01:25-05:00August 12th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Community, Coronavirus, Culture, Death, Modernity|

In the Western world today many people, especially among the elites, are quite willing to forfeit community life, while others are actively working to destroy it. We are witnessing—perhaps even unthinkingly participating in—the suicide of our culture. When I read the news headline, it suddenly all seemed clear. The story reported that new positive [...]

Roman Death Masks and the Role of Memory

By |2020-07-31T17:06:50-05:00July 31st, 2020|Categories: Art, Culture, Death, History, Patriotism, Rome|

Roman death masks—called “imagines”—were actually wax models impressed directly on the face during life, and they bore a remarkable likeness to the person. Displayed during the funerals of the elite, they served as a link between the present and the past and were meant to inspire attendees to patriotic virtue. The recent defacement of [...]

Did Sweden’s Coronavirus Strategy Succeed or Fail?

By |2020-07-24T16:31:45-05:00July 26th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Death, England, Europe|

If lockdowns worked, we would expect Sweden, which did not impose one, to top the mortality table, and for the pandemic curve to have risen exponentially, as predicted by the notorious Imperial College model. This predicted that without a lockdown Sweden would have 44,000 dead by now. But Sweden’s actual figure is not nearly [...]

“We Are Alive”

By |2020-03-26T15:22:26-05:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Death, Music|

Bruce Springsteen has called "We Are Alive," the final song on his 2012 album, "Wrecking Ball," a "ghost story." That it is, but it is also a song of high spirits and hope, one that deals with the Christian themes of resurrection and the communion of saints. There's a cross up yonder up on Calvary [...]

The Coronavirus, the New World Order, and America First

By |2020-03-15T13:49:38-05:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Death, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Pat Buchanan|

It may one day be said that the coronavirus delivered the deathblow to the New World Order, to a half-century of globalization, and to the era of interdependence of the world’s great nations. Which rings truer today? We are all part of mankind, all citizens of the world. Or that it’s time to put America [...]

“Spirits of the Dead”

By |2020-03-10T11:37:48-05:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: Death, Edgar Allan Poe, Poetry|

1 Thy soul shall find itself alone 'Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone — Not one, of all the crowd, to pry Into thine hour of secrecy: 2 Be silent in that solitude ⁠Which is not loneliness—for then The spirits of the dead who stood ⁠In life before thee are again In death around [...]

Memento Mori: Unpopular Thoughts on the Coronavirus

By |2020-03-15T13:55:49-05:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Death|

What worries me about the current reaction to coronavirus, is that it seems to reflect a belief that death is an aberration, rather than a part of the natural order of things. As the human species continues to expand massively in numbers, and as it continues casually to make other species extinct, it is inevitable [...]

Coronavirus Plague and Apocalyptic Panic

By |2020-03-15T14:42:29-05:00March 8th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Death, Dwight Longenecker, Senior Contributors|

There is good news about the coronavirus. Although there is a good bit of uncertainty, the predominant trend is that the virus is not the killer plague so many are worried about. The Center for Disease Control has issued a simple fact sheet, which includes this statement: What we do know about the virus is [...]

“The Masque of the Red Death”

By |2020-03-13T01:01:28-05:00March 5th, 2020|Categories: Death, Edgar Allan Poe, Literature|

The red death had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal -- the madness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body [...]

Oh, Death, Where is Thy. . .

By |2020-01-24T09:44:48-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Death, Imagination, Roger Scruton, Senior Contributors|

Death is a truly strange thing. It has touched each of us, to be sure, by visiting loved ones. Yet, sometimes, it seems just unbelievably relentless. Death has already taken so many greats in the first half of January 2020—Neil Peart on January 7; Sir Roger Scruton on January 12; and Christopher Tolkien on [...]

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