A Manifesto for Liberal Education

By |2019-10-12T18:48:19-05:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: E.B., Education, Essential, Eva Brann, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

Since liberal education is non-academic, in my sense, it has real gravity, moral gravity. And so it is, finally, also concerned with questions of “good and evil.” The college years are the time for students to frame those moral allegiances that will help them decide more sure-footedly how to act when leisure is over [...]

Roots of the World: The Program of St. John’s College

By |2020-03-27T17:23:18-05:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: E.B., Education, Essential, Eva Brann, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

Every plan of education is fraught with implicit philosophical principle. Since the program of St. John's College is devoted to that peculiar kind of learning which of necessity includes a reflection on its own conditions, most members of the college accept the obligation of engaging in ever-recurrent discussion and review of the philosophical bases that [...]

A Theology of Gift: The Divine Benefactor and Universal Kinship

By |2020-07-05T20:17:58-05:00December 9th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Economics, Essential, Philosophy, Stratford Caldecott, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Stratford Caldecott as he considers the divine nature of giving as explained by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher My topic is a theological appreciation of the notion of “gift”, and how this throws light on what something is, which [...]

Madison’s “Memorial and Remonstrance”: A Jewel of Republican Rhetoric

By |2020-05-18T01:29:13-05:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, E.B., Essential, Eva Brann, Freedom of Religion, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, James Madison, St. John's College|

The document entitled “To the Honorable the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia, A Memorial and Remonstrance” is a jewel of republican rhetoric.[1] Nor has this choice example of American eloquence gone without notice. And yet, compared to the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address, it has remained obscure—more often quarried for stately [...]

The Rarity of the God-Fearing Man

By |2020-05-13T18:44:48-05:00July 1st, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Culture, Essential, RAK, Religion, Russell Kirk, Timeless Essays, Virtue|

Forgetting that there exists such a state as salutary dread, modern man has become spiritually foolhardy. The God-fearing man is rare… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Russell Kirk as he explores the moral strength and influence that result from fearing God. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher A [...]

Do You Know What an Odyssey Is?

By |2019-06-06T02:47:47-05:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Classics, E.B., Essential, Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Odyssey, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

An odyssey is an adventurous and searching journey, or an intellectual or spiritual quest. It is the proper name for the life of learning. One can shape one’s own odyssey into a journey that lacks neither enchantment nor definition… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Eva [...]

The Essence of Conservatism

By |2020-02-01T12:05:02-06:00April 28th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Essential, History, RAK, Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays, Tradition|

A conservative is not, by definition, a selfish or a stupid person; instead, he is a person who believes there is something in our life worth saving… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Russell Kirk as he explores the essence of conservatism and the ten principles [...]

Thomas Jefferson, Conservative

By |2019-09-02T00:25:17-05:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Clyde Wilson, Essential, Featured, Thomas Jefferson, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity—on the occasion of Thomas Jefferson’s 275th birthday—to join Clyde Wilson as he reflects upon Dumas Malone’s magisterial work, Jefferson and His Time. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher A Review of The Sage of Monticello, by Dumas Malone, Volume Six of Jefferson and His [...]

Winged Words: Reading & Discussing Great Books

By |2019-08-08T14:44:24-05:00December 17th, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Dante, Essential, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Humanities, Imagination, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Peter Kalkavage, Plato, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

Great books introduce us to ideas and to ways of looking at the world that are new to us. They provide a refreshing distance from the trends, fashions, tastes, opinions, and political correctness of our current culture. Great books invite us to put aside for a while our way of looking at the world [...]

Finding the Real John Adams

By |2019-06-06T18:34:10-05:00November 8th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Essential, History, John Adams, Timeless Essays, Virtue|

John Adams never had an optimistic view of human nature, and his experience in the Congress and abroad only deepened his suspicion that his fellow Americans might not have the character to sustain a republican government… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Gordon Wood as he explores [...]

Why Intellectual Work Matters

By |2020-06-24T00:54:39-05:00September 7th, 2017|Categories: Compassion, Culture, Education, Essential, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

Intellectual life provides an escape in that it is beyond “straitened circumstances,” but the escape is again a flight into realities beyond oneself: animal behavior, astronomy, and the mechanics of the inner life. The intellect has no limit to its subject matter: It reaches greedily for the whole of everything… In 2001 I was [...]

Homer’s “Odyssey” Is a Gift

By |2020-03-27T18:00:58-05:00April 9th, 2017|Categories: Classics, Essential, Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Odyssey, W. Winston Elliott III|

“Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end, after he plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy.” So begins Homer’s Odyssey. Long ago I launched my ship in pursuit of the true, the good, and [...]

The Classical Education of the Founders

By |2019-06-06T18:34:00-05:00December 11th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Christian Kopff, Classical Education, Essential, Featured, Liberal Learning, Timeless Essays|

The American Founders knew from history that a curriculum successful at teaching its graduates to think, communicate, and lead could produce anarchy or tyranny instead of ordered liberty, unless those skills were practiced by leaders committed to virtue and the love of liberty… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity [...]

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