On the Mystery of Teachers I Never Met

By |2017-07-31T23:48:01-05:00July 21st, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Christian Humanism, Education, Fr. James Schall, Great Books, Hilaire Belloc, Literature, Philosophy, Plato, St. Augustine, Tradition, Truth|

The mystery is how one person whom I never met, through recountings down the ages of how many others whom I also have never met, could shed light on each other, eventually to enlighten me… In The Apology, Socrates brought up the question of whether he was paid for being a teacher, like the Sophists, who were paid for their skill [...]

On Debate and Existence

By |2019-04-04T11:22:41-05:00May 18th, 2017|Categories: Eric Voegelin, Ideology, Philosophy, Plato, Politics, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas|Tags: |

The speculations of classic and scholastic metaphysics are edifices of reason erected on the experiential basis of existence in truth. We cannot withdraw into these edifices and let the world go by, for in that case we would be remiss in our duty of “debate”… In our capacity as political scientists, historians, or philosophers [...]

The Utopia of Thomas More: A Contemporary Battleground

By |2017-06-22T08:37:43-05:00March 9th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Cicero, Literature, Philosophy, Plato, St. Augustine, Thomas More|

By thinking through the limits and possibilities of political life, as presented in Utopia, the careful reader imitates Cicero and Thomas More by preparing for politics through the careful study of great literature… “The struggle is not merely over an iso­lated work of genius but over a whole culture”—so says Stephen Greenblatt about Thomas [...]

Edmund Burke on Free Will, Christian Charity, & the Good Society

By |2019-09-17T14:09:34-05:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Charity, Christianity, Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Featured, St. Augustine|

Christianity, Edmund Burke held, is the great equalizer. Not only is it the first force in the world to recognize the moral equality of all men and women, but it allows the high and the low to become one in their equal desire for the good society… In a manner similar to Cicero with [...]

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 [...]

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