Distracting Ourselves From Death

By |2018-09-14T22:02:52-05:00September 14th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Death, Philosophy, Religion|

Although the prospect of death makes us miserable, it forces us to confront our mortality and search for a remedy, if we do not immediately numb ourselves with the drug of distraction... "Soles occidere et redire possunt [Suns are able to die and rise again]" —Gaius Valerius Catullus, Carmen 5.[1] One morning, as I walked out [...]

O Sting, Where Is Thy Death?

By |2018-08-28T13:13:52-05:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Death, Existence of God, Joseph Pearce, Music|

In a somewhat bizarre recent interview with the National Catholic Register, the aging rock star, Sting, who eons ago had been lead singer of the rock band The Police, waxed in a bemused and confused way about his relationship with the Catholic faith, in which he was raised but which he has abandoned. He gave [...]

The Wages of Sin: Jean-Pierre Melville’s Doomed Universe

By |2019-09-28T09:50:03-05:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Death, Film, StAR|

In Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Doulos, it is as if there is an existential darkness present throughout. In this world, no matter how cunning the schemes or how fail-safe the get-away plans are, for all concerned there is a retribution coming. In Melville’s cinematic universe the wages of sin are always death… Recently, at London’s British Film [...]

Madness and Death: Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck”

By |2020-05-15T09:09:24-05:00July 14th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Death, Music, Theater|

Alban Berg's Wozzeck (first premiered in 1925) tells the story of a man who is slowly breaking due to insanity. Let us draw our attention to Act III Scene IV of the opera. In this late scene, extreme musical conventions accelerate the story and seem to lead the deranged titular character to his death. The [...]

The Death of God and the New Stories

By |2019-07-10T23:21:51-05:00May 20th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Death, Existence of God, George Stanciu, Great Books, Religion, Science, St. John's College|

The narratives of science and Christianity are obviously not novels, nor works of fiction, for both claim to tell the true story of humankind—where we came from, what we are, and where we are going. To determine if either of these narratives is true, we must assess the plot… In 1882, Nietzsche’s madman ran [...]

Can an Alfie Evans Case Happen in the United States?

By |2018-05-17T00:29:18-05:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Death, Europe, Government, Politics, Pope Francis, Rights, Rule of Law|

In the case of the now-deceased toddler, Alfie Evans, the British government, through its Royal College of Pediatrics and its courts, had legal authority. Alfie had legal “interests,” which the government defined in his case, but he did not have any “rights.” Alfie’s parents only had a right to be heard; they had no substantive rights [...]

Modern America: A Disneyland Dystopia

By |2019-11-21T12:04:10-06:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Culture, Death, Dwight Longenecker, Dystopia|

In modern America, all the dystopian horrors exist hand-in-hand with what seems like one perpetual theme-park existence. The war, torture, abortions, castrations, murders, suicides, drug addiction, homelessness, and medical horrors reside side-by-side with the smiling face of America, where everyone has perfect teeth and waves out a cheerful, “Have a nice day!”… Having just [...]

Requiem for His Daughter: Franz Schmidt’s Lament

By |2019-11-19T13:52:25-06:00May 9th, 2018|Categories: Audio/Video, Culture, Death, History, Music|

Franz Schmidt’s lament makes grief beautiful. It elevates it to something irreproachable, like snow on a mountain peak that, when you’re stumbling around in it, stings and chills and makes you lose your footing, but from the distance, oh, the inexpressible beauty… As the story has it, when Hungarian-born twentieth century composer Franz Schmidt received the [...]

The Armenian Genocide

By |2018-04-14T22:07:14-05:00April 14th, 2018|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Death, History, Joseph Pearce|

“Who today still speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?” Who, one wonders, would ask such a question? The answer, surprisingly enough, is a certain Adolf Hitler who asked it rhetorically as a means of justifying the German invasion of Poland in 1939. The annihilation to which Hitler referred was the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by [...]

The Killing of the American White Male

By |2019-11-21T11:47:29-06:00March 25th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Death, Dwight Longenecker, Faith, Family|

Why are so many American white men killing themselves and others? And what’s to be done about this phenomenon?… Not long ago I was traveling back from a speaking engagement when I pulled into a Waffle House for breakfast. Waffle House is usually populated by working-class men at that time of morning, and this [...]

Death and the Present Moment: Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal”

By |2020-03-09T13:09:08-05:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: Death, Existence of God, Faith, Film|

The Seventh Seal is focused on man’s spiritual doubt, and even complete lack of faith in God. The film asks: How can God remain separate from us as we experience darkness and suffering? The Swedish director, Ingmar Bergman, has secured his place in the cinematic canon not only as a superb and unique director [...]

Europe and the Faith: Arguing With Hilaire Belloc

By |2019-03-07T10:44:53-06:00January 13th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Civilization, Death, Europe, Faith, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, History, Joseph Pearce|

Europe may indeed perish, crucified by the sins, errors, and heresies of her own sons, but Christianity will never perish because, as Chesterton reminds us, it has a God who knows the way out of the grave… The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith. Hilaire Belloc These words of Hilaire Belloc, possibly [...]

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