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 [...]

The Political Relevance of St. Augustine

By |2019-05-16T12:54:14-05:00September 21st, 2013|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Political Philosophy, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas|Tags: |

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 we live in the post-Christian era. It certainly cannot be gainsaid that we live in an age of pervasive secularism in which a name such as Augustine [...]

Conservative Postmodernism, Postmodern Conservatism

By |2018-12-18T14:52:04-06:00September 5th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Constitution, Modernity, Peter A. Lawler, St. Augustine|Tags: , |

Astute thinkers from Hegel onward have claimed that we live at the end of the modern world. That does not mean the modern world is about to disappear: the world, in truth, is more modern than ever. So we must contest Hegel’s assertion that the modern world is the end, the fulfillment, of history. [...]

On the Place of Augustine in Political Philosophy

By |2019-10-30T12:32:16-05:00August 28th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Fr. James Schall, Literature, Political Philosophy, Political Science Reviewer, St. Augustine|

“Shall it (the happy life) be that of the philosophers, who put forward as the chief good, the good which is in ourselves? Is this the true good? Have they found the remedy for our ills? Is man’s pride cured by placing him on an equality with God?”— Pascal, Pensēes, #430. “Salvation, such as it [...]

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

By |2016-03-10T09:10:33-06:00April 5th, 2013|Categories: Bradley G. Green, Christianity, Education, Intelligence, Liberal Arts, Modernity, St. Augustine|

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 from our Christian inheritance, as seen in the biblical documents, and in key thinkers of the West (e.g., Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Calvin, among others). As [...]

Thanksgiving, the Puritans, and St. Augustine

By |2018-11-19T19:42:14-06:00November 22nd, 2012|Categories: Peter A. Lawler, St. Augustine, Thanksgiving|

Thanksgiving is the holiday that brings us all together, whether or not we’re Christians and whether or not we’re American citizens. It’s the first holiday of the Holiday Season that begins around now and lasts until New Year. We’re so sure that saying Merry Christmas is intolerant and dogmatic that we’re all about Happy [...]

St. Augustine: Founding Philosopher of History

By |2019-07-18T11:10:17-05:00April 6th, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Classics, History, Plato, St. Augustine|

St. Augustine was the first Christian to offer a comprehensive Philosophy of History, which the Russian Orthodox writer Nicholas Berdyaev called nothing short of “ingenious.”[1] One of his greatest accomplishments was the sanctification of Plato’s understanding of the two realms: the perfect Celestial Kingdom and the corrupt copy. One finds this tension and conflict between [...]

Among the Ruins of Carthage

By |2018-10-16T20:25:14-05:00January 20th, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, RAK, Rome, Russell Kirk, St. Augustine, Western Civilization|

Nowhere are Roman ruins thicker than in Tunisia. For this, from the days when Scipio took Punic Carthage until the Vandals broke into the city, was the Province of Africa, wondrously rich and populous. St. Augustine was born in Carthage—of a patrician family—and died in neighboring Hippo, when the Vandals were at the gates. [...]

Books That Make Us Human: Carl Olson

By |2014-01-03T22:05:46-06:00September 14th, 2011|Categories: Books, Books that Make Us Human, Catholicism, Conservatism, St. Augustine|

1. The Bible, It is one of the first books I read (not cover-to-cover, at first, of course), and the first book I memorized passages from as a child. I cannot imagine trying to think about or comprehend the human condition without it. A few specific books within The Good Book that merit note: Genesis [...]

The Old Republic, Part II

By |2017-06-20T15:06:59-05:00November 23rd, 2010|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christendom, Cicero, Classics, Republicanism, St. Augustine|

As Cicero watched his own republic descend into chaos and madness, he recorded as quickly as he could the most important aspects of the Roman Republic, preserved if not in temporal reality, than in poetry, history, and memory. Famously, he wrote (quoted by our patron Winston Elliott often): Ancestral morality provided outstanding men, and [...]

Eternity in Time: St. Augustine, Russell Kirk & Christopher Dawson

By |2017-06-16T13:05:55-05:00August 28th, 2010|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christopher Dawson, Culture, Russell Kirk, St. Augustine|

St. Augustine One would be hard pressed to find a greater influence on two of the finest Catholic Humanists of the twentieth century, Christopher Dawson and Russell Amos Kirk, than St. Augustine. One only has to employ the imagination to jump back sixteen centuries to see the parallels. At midnight, August 24, 410, [...]