Snow Angels, Goodness, and Intelligence

By |2018-12-04T12:10:23-06:00April 28th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Dante, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Love, Virtue, Wyoming Catholic College|

As a professor who values intelligence, I tend to like most those students who talk to me about books and ideas. Yet recently when a student, unasked, quietly shoveled the snow from my sidewalk, he taught me a lesson about a profound depth of goodness that I need to study up on… G.K. Chesterton [...]

Poetry & Politics?

By |2020-10-24T15:20:36-05:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Dante, Featured, Glenn Arbery, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Poetry, William Shakespeare, Wyoming Catholic College|

Great poetry can come from deep engagement with the problems of politics, but it is especially moving to see how exile—often the consequence of that engagement—subtly becomes the symbol of the condition of fallen man.. Students at Wyoming Catholic College memorize many poems in the four years of the humanities curriculum, but few of [...]

Was Dante Wrong to Name the People He Put in Hell?

By |2018-11-26T16:28:47-06:00December 14th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Classics, Dante, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Religion|

Might Dante not have been better served had he peopled the Hell of his Divine Comedy with fictional characters of his own invention, instead of actually naming them and therefore damning them?… If one were asked to name the greatest work of literature of all time, there would be only a handful of serious contenders. [...]

Belloc vs. Tolkien: Two Views of Anglo-Saxon England

By |2020-10-13T16:43:35-05:00October 13th, 2016|Categories: Dante, England, Hilaire Belloc, History, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce|

Although Hilaire Belloc and J.R.R. Tolkien had much in common, not least of which was their shared and impassioned Catholicism, it is intriguing that they should differ so profoundly on the importance of the Anglo-Saxons. Picture the scene. An expectant audience, which includes the great Catholic writer, J.R.R. Tolkien, awaits the arrival of another [...]

The World of the Poet

By |2019-07-30T15:56:17-05:00June 17th, 2016|Categories: Dante, Fiction, George A. Panichas, Greek Epic Poetry, Homer, Imagination, John Milton, Literature, Moral Imagination, Poetry, Sophocles, Virgil|

Man, it is often said, cannot jump over his own shadow. The poet—and by “poet” I mean a writer of imaginative works in verse or prose—leaps over the universe… Sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. I We not only read a novel, we enter into its created world. [...]

M.E. Bradford & the Intoxicated Air of the Modernist Moment

By |2016-06-20T13:29:21-05:00June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Aristotle, Books, Dante, Featured, Homer, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Marion Montgomery, Plato, South, Southern Agrarians, St. Augustine|

IV M.E. Bradford The principle underlying the Agrarian­-New Critic’s position as literary critic, shared generally in the New Critical move­ment at large, may be simply put: Some poems are better than other poems. He judges them as things existing in them­selves, made by that intellectual crea­ture—man. The problem term, of course, is better, since it commits intellect, [...]

Dante’s Global Vision: Seeing & Being Seen in the “Divine Comedy”

By |2016-03-26T13:05:39-05:00July 29th, 2015|Categories: Dante, Featured, Literature, Peter Kalkavage, Poetry, St. John's College|

“The things of friends are common.” —Greek proverb (quoted by Socrates in the Phaedrus) It is a pleasure to be with you today, to visit Belmont University and see Nashville for the very first time. My talk takes its cue from your theme for the year—“Living in a Global Community.” I have chosen to speak [...]

Black Friday in the Inferno

By |2014-11-25T17:06:03-06:00November 28th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Dante, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

There are seven deaths and ninety injuries on record attributed to seven nights’ worth of Black Friday Shopping for the last seven years. Not exactly an actuarial tsunami, and perhaps not an iron clad statistic, but imagine how much insult and damage go unreported? Though chances of surviving Black Friday are very high, even if [...]

In the Heaven of Knowing: Dante’s Paradiso

By |2018-11-09T11:55:48-06:00August 10th, 2014|Categories: Books, Christianity, Dante, Featured, Heaven, Peter Kalkavage, Poetry, St. John's College|

“For we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2 The focus of my talk this evening is the Paradiso, the culminating and most beautiful part of Dante’s Comedy. The Paradiso has much to tell us about happiness, the perfection of the intellect, the nature of true freedom, the flourishing of community, the [...]

T.S. Eliot’s Comedy

By |2015-04-25T23:44:37-05:00January 31st, 2014|Categories: Books, Dante, Dwight Longenecker, Featured, Poetry, T.S. Eliot|

Although he was friends with Groucho Marx, T.S. Eliot is not usually considered a comedian. His appearance was described as “liturgical.” He was buttoned up. So much so that Virginia Woolf once quipped about him, “Tom will be here in his six piece suit.” Nevertheless, Eliot was capable of real buffoonery. Writing ribald verse [...]

Human Dignity: What Remains?

By |2016-02-12T15:28:34-06:00December 6th, 2012|Categories: Anthony Esolen, Bradley J. Birzer, Christianity, Communism, Conservatism, Dante, Fascism, J.R.R. Tolkien, Russell Kirk, Western Civilization|Tags: |

When we survey that last 100 years in even the most cursory manner possible, the one objective and rather obvious thing that holds the century together is both the attempt to deconstruct the human person and the counter effort to uphold his dignity. Contempt and defense, seemingly in a Manichaen-like struggle. While the Gulags, [...]

Kevin McCormick: Books That Make Us Human

By |2014-01-03T21:57:12-06:00September 15th, 2011|Categories: Books, Books that Make Us Human, Conservatism, Dante|Tags: |

by Kevin McCormick The Divine Comedy—Dante Alighieri; The original sci-fi trilogy. The Book of Psalms—King David, et al Orthodoxy—G.K. Chesterton; England’s Funniest Home Theology! The Lord of the Rings—J.R.R. Tolkien To Kill a Mockingbird—Harper Lee Let Us Now Praise Famous Men—James Agee; It is not surprising that many who praise Agee’s book see some kind of correlation [...]

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