The Uneasy Hiatus of the Infantile Era

By |2019-04-07T17:28:53-05:00December 27th, 2018|

The condition of contemporary civilization appears to be a startling combination of the best and the worst: its unprecedented material prosperity and technological ingenuity coexist with what seems to be an equally unprecedented degree of cultural crudeness and spiritual vacuity. Since this is an uneasy and likely unsustainable coexistence, it is only reasonable to inquire [...]

Christianity’s Home in Homelessness

By |2019-02-18T02:39:13-05:00December 23rd, 2018|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Casey Spinks, as he examines the Christian notion of home. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The history of Western philosophy may be but a footnote on Plato, but the history of the whole of Western philosophy, theology, politics, science, art, and [...]

A Backwards Civilization: Unthinking Leaders, Frenzied Citizens

By |2019-04-07T17:34:14-05:00November 27th, 2018|

In America today, we are living in a toxic political climate that is the product of a very dangerous combination: Our rulers lack the learning necessary to ask the kinds of deep and fundamental questions that leaders and lawgivers ought to make a habit of pondering, while our people rebelliously scrutinize all orthodoxies and [...]

Family, Love, and Tragedy in “The Godfather”

By |2019-04-07T17:32:11-05:00November 22nd, 2018|

The Godfather is the Augustinian film par excellence–though it does not conclude where Augustine's vision ends... The Godfather, by Mario Puzo, was the best-selling book when it was first published and the film adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola is rightly considered a masterpiece. The drama of The Godfather is an epic; it is an epic because [...]

Virtue and the City

By |2019-02-18T02:41:53-05:00November 18th, 2018|

Virtue is what the good city aims to achieve as part of the common good. Since humans are social animals and creatures of actions, the call to cultivate virtue within civil society is a fundamental aspect of the good society and the good regime... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the [...]

Grace in the Garden: The Fall of Man & the British Pastoral Tradition

By |2019-04-07T10:49:55-05:00November 17th, 2018|

The transcendent ‘overcoming’ or reconciliation of the Fall of Man—that symbol of the cause of the disorder that we would wish re-ordered, of the return to the garden—is what great poetry graciously asks of us... “An intermediate nature... prevents the universe falling into two separate halves.” —Plato, Symposium (203b). Almost from the beginning of when human [...]

Of Men, Monkeys, and Jared Diamond

By |2019-02-18T02:27:20-05:00November 7th, 2018|

For the twenty-first-century disciple of Darwin, man—though he possesses no essential, intrinsic worth that separates him from his chimpanzee cousins—has proven himself a most effective destroyer of that very mother nature who evolved him into his present form... The Third Chimpanzee, by Jared Diamond (432 pages, Harper Perennial, 2006) Of the three founding fathers of [...]

Our Enemy: The (Imperial) Presidency

By |2019-04-07T17:41:30-05:00November 5th, 2018|

Many Americans fear the dysfunction in Congress and the rise of an “activist” Supreme Court. Both worries are misplaced, at least in relationship to the larger problem at hand: the growth of presidential imperialism… Albert Jay Nock Albert Jay Nock was an important literary and social critic of the first-half of the twentieth [...]

The Other Founders: The Legacy of Anti-Federalism

By |2019-02-18T02:24:32-05:00November 1st, 2018|

To a very great extent, it was the Anti-Federalists, through their rhetoric and writings, who kept alive the spirit of localism and salvaged the great ideal of limited government inherited from the Revolution... The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828 by Saul Cornell (University of North Carolina Press, 1999) The Anti-Federalists who [...]

Three Dangerous Philosophical Novels

By |2019-02-18T02:22:55-05:00October 2nd, 2018|

In a culture in which algorithms control the content we consume—what movies to watch, what goods to buy, what news to listen to—the choice to read a book whose philosophy opposes our own and questions our sacred assumptions is nothing short of revolutionary... “I choose novels that let me turn my brain off,” a student [...]

An Emblematic American: The Critical Legacy of Irving Babbitt

By |2019-04-07T10:50:00-05:00August 31st, 2018|

Irving Babbitt was in no way a dogmatic, ossified traditionalist. He was a creative traditionalist: He encouraged renewed expressions of imaginative vision, and he was open to the possibility of a deepening and an expansion of humane knowledge... The Critical Legacy of Irving Babbitt by George A. Panichas (235 pages, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1999) I [...]

Imaginative Origins of Modernity: Life as Daydream & Nightmare

By |2019-02-18T02:20:40-05:00August 26th, 2018|

Although modernity contains other and contrasting elements, it may be permissible to call the new type of person simply “modern man.” His demeanor is very different from that of premodern man. Far from discounting the opportunities of a worldly existence, this person entertains great expectations… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our [...]

Ideology and the Humanities

By |2019-04-07T17:25:49-05:00June 8th, 2018|

Ideologies are mind-traps: They are constructed in such a way that they prejudge the motive of opposition to their systems. The great aim of liberal education is to liberate students from mere unexamined opinion into genuine thought… Some people use the word “ideology” neutrally, as though it meant any fairly comprehensive set of ideas. [...]

Do You Know What an Odyssey Is?

By |2019-02-18T02:15:15-05:00June 4th, 2018|

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 [...]