Fanaticism: Distorting Humanity?

By |2016-07-26T16:03:44-05:00July 26th, 2016|Categories: G.K. Chesterton, Ideology, Jane Austen, St. Augustine, St. John Henry Newman|

A fanatic is a person obsessed with one idea, a monomaniac ruled by one dominant compulsion that governs all his thoughts and actions. He is enslaved by one predominant passion that dictates all his motives and decisions. Ruled by revenge, Captain Ahab in Moby Dick is determined to hunt and kill the white whale that inflicted [...]

The Political Relevance of St. Augustine

By |2016-08-03T10:35:57-05:00July 24th, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, Christendom, Christianity, Politics, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join John P. East as he advocates the virtues of Augustinianism. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher It is surprising that contemporary political thinking has paid relatively scant attention to St. Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo. It may be true, as some say, that [...]

Digitalization: The Death of the Humanities?

By |2019-06-06T11:28:16-05:00June 25th, 2016|Categories: Education, Featured, Humanities, Liberal Learning, Literature, St. Augustine, Technology|

When Max Weber suggested in 1917 that the world had been disenchanted, he meant that modernity was best understood by the expansion of “technical means” that controlled “all things through calculation.”[1] The real power of these technical means lay not in the techniques and technologies themselves but in the disposition of those who used them, [...]

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, [...]

Richard Weaver: The Conservatism of Piety

By |2019-12-26T11:38:21-06:00May 12th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Faith, Featured, Plato, Richard Weaver, St. Augustine, Western Tradition|

Born in Weaverville, North Carolina in 1910, Richard Malcolm Weaver was raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Weaver graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1932. In that year, he joined the American Socialist Par­ty; however, from the outset, Richard Weaver was disenchanted with that association and his flirtation with socialism was [...]

The Conservative Thought of Eric Voegelin

By |2016-05-02T10:23:04-05:00April 21st, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Conservatism, Eric Voegelin, Featured, Plato, St. Augustine|

Eric Voegelin was born in Cologne, Germany in 1901. Receiving his doctorate from the University of Vienna in 1922, he served on the law faculty of that institution. To escape the Nazi regime, he came to the United States in 1938. Subsequently, he taught at Harvard University, Bennington College, the University of Alabama, and Louisiana [...]

Looking Beyond the Bloody Chaos of History

By |2018-08-28T09:04:09-05:00March 9th, 2016|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Quotation, St. Augustine|

It was in this age of ruin and distress that St. Augustine lived and worked. To the materialist, nothing could be more futile than the spectacle of Augustine busying himself with the reunion of the African Church and the refutation of the Pelagians, while civilisation was falling to pieces about his ears. It would [...]

St. Augustine, Modernity, & the Recovery of True Education

By |2019-10-10T13:42:21-05:00February 7th, 2016|Categories: Bradley G. Green, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Featured, Liberal Learning, Modernity, St. Augustine, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to consider the Christian roots of liberal education. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher In the Western world there is a rich tradition of the life of the mind. Much of the emphasis on the life of the mind in the West flows [...]

Where, Then, Is Time?

By |2018-11-21T08:39:02-06:00January 19th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Imagination, Moral Imagination, St. Augustine, St. John's College, Time|

Let me first explain my odd-sounding title. It is a variation on the most famous question-and-answer about time ever posed. It comes from the eleventh book of Augustine’s Confessions, published about 400 C.E.: This is his question: “What, then, is time?” And this is his preliminary answer: “If nobody asks me, I know; if [...]

A History of the Will

By |2018-11-21T08:39:04-06:00November 17th, 2015|Categories: Audio/Video, E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, Socrates, St. Augustine, St. John's College| Dr. Eva Brann recently wrote an important book, Un-Willing: An Inquiry into the Rise of Will’’s Power and an Attempt to Undo It (2014), which asks certain questions regarding human will: What is the will? Is it an obvious thing that we all can see in ourselves when introspecting? If so, then why is there [...]

The Disordered Loves of the Liberal Media

By |2016-02-12T15:27:56-06:00August 3rd, 2015|Categories: Abortion, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, St. Augustine|

According to St. Augustine, Alexander the Great had a rather interesting conversation with a captured pirate. “How dare you molest the sea?” Alexander demanded. “How dare you molest the whole world?” the pirate angrily replied. “Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief. You, doing it with a [...]

What is the Mind & How Did We Lose It?

By |2015-05-19T23:13:33-05:00April 26th, 2015|Categories: Aristotle, Christianity, Classics, Culture, Plato, St. Augustine|

Any keen and realistic observer of our deplorable epoch will know that modern society seems to have lost its mind. In these disintegrating times it appears that anything goes because nobody knows the value of the permanent things upon which all civilized societies are built. Since this is so it might be helpful to [...]

The Two Worldviews

By |2014-07-16T10:24:48-05:00July 5th, 2014|Categories: St. Augustine, St. John Paul II, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

Merriam-Webster vacantly tells us that a worldview is “the way someone thinks about the world.” By this vapid standard there are seven billion worldviews. The squishy definition matches the convictions of our teachers and mind-molders who choose to stand militantly against taking a stand in this brave new age. Millions of school-age children are [...]