The Quest for Love

By |2019-04-04T12:29:51-05:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Heroism, Literature, Love, Religion|

Humanity is mystified by Love. All humans experience it. None can explain it. The mysterious genesis of this strange gift, the wondrous beginnings of this bizarre quality within the human heart prompts the greatest quest of all: the quest for Love… My friend Carol is a writer of medical romantic fiction. This does not [...]

“The Last Jedi” and the End of Heroism

By |2018-01-05T13:45:53-06:00January 4th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Film, Heroism, Homer, Modernity, Virgil|

The Last Jedi seems intent on burning down the archetypes of the heroic past. When the hero fails to be a hero, and furthermore denies his own status as a hero, what is the rationality behind such postmodern disenchantment?… Moviegoers have loudly lamented the Luke Skywalker they encountered in Rian Johnson’s newest episode of the [...]

Don Quixote: Saintly Knight

By |2019-11-27T12:59:27-06:00August 4th, 2017|Categories: Books, Heroism, Imagination, Literature, Sainthood|

By viewing Cervantes’ Don Quixote as a type of saintly hagiography, and Quixote’s actions and motives as following the example of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Don Quixote turns into San Quixote, a knight who fights not on the plains of Spain but on a spiritual plane, by means of his illuminating imagination… Gallivanting through the [...]

War Teaches Wonder Woman a Lesson

By |2017-07-13T22:08:14-05:00July 13th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Film, Heroism, Joseph Pearce, Myth, Senior Contributors, Superheroes, Television, War|

The perennial moral that Wonder Woman learns is that evil, and the war which is one of its manifestations, can never be finally destroyed in human history… It’s been many years since I’ve been in the habit of watching films. It’s not because I’ve turned my back on the motion picture as an art [...]

The Goddess’ Cruel Famine in “The Homeric Hymn to Demeter”

By |2019-07-30T16:35:58-05:00February 4th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Heroism, Homer, Literature, Myth, Poetry|

There is, in myth, a recurring structure that, once deconstructed, indicates how myth is generated. Myth hides the truth about its “missing link” to reality: namely, the real and innocent victims of a sacrificial crisis.[1] In the myth of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, one key element of this recurring structure is the role [...]

Saint George Rides Again

By |2019-07-30T16:16:45-05:00August 15th, 2015|Categories: Books, Dwight Longenecker, Fiction, Heroism|

Someone once cracked wise by saying, “Everyone has a book in them…and for most people that’s where it should stay.” Therefore when someone sends me the manuscript, the book, the outline for a book, or a book idea, I usually shrink. When a friend sends me a copy of his book I shrink into [...]

Remembering the History of Memorial Day

By |2020-05-24T00:03:56-05:00May 25th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Heroism, Memorial Day, War|

This Memorial Day, we honor all those who have died in the wars of this country, regardless of whether those wars were just. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over [...]

Death: The Point of Intersection

By |2019-10-10T14:57:07-05:00January 16th, 2015|Categories: Death, Heroism|Tags: , |

“In my beginning is my end.” ∼ T.S. Eliot In a passage often cited from the Pensees, which the author sets down in grim and graphic detail, Pascal summons the reader to reflect on the awful finality of death. “The last act is bloody,” he tells us, “however fine the rest of the play. [...]

Batman: Western Man & Legend

By |2015-01-07T14:15:09-06:00August 6th, 2013|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Culture, Heroism|Tags: |

I’m a Batman snob. There, I’ve admitted it. And, I’ve been a Batman snob since I was a kid in the mid 1970s when I first became aware of the mythic superhero. And, though I don’t collect comics anymore (too time consuming and too money consuming), I have a fairly good collection of Batman, [...]

Finding Heroism in Cinema & Television Science Fiction

By |2014-01-04T21:49:07-06:00May 14th, 2013|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Heroism|Tags: , , , , |

Where are the Heroes? Where in this modern and post-modern world do we find an embrace of heroism and the heroic virtues? Certainly not in most literature published since the 1960s.  There exists much irony and tragedy, certainly—remnants, perhaps, of late Greece as well as late Rome.  But, in present-day serious literature, there exists [...]

Hungry Souls & Brave Hearts: Heroism, History, & Myth

By |2019-07-20T11:00:56-05:00April 19th, 2013|Categories: Heroism, Myth, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

The cynicism of modern-day youth presents us with a great teachable moment. We must tell history as a great myth, for myths are often the best way of expressing truths. They are also the lifeblood of civilizations. “History is marble, and remains forever cold, even under the most artistic hand, unless life is breathed [...]

Comic Book Superheroes

By |2016-02-14T16:01:08-06:00May 25th, 2012|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Culture, Fiction, Film, Heroism, Stratford Caldecott|Tags: |

…Stand up and keep your childishness: Read all the pedants’ screeds and strictures; But don’t believe in anything That can’t be told in coloured pictures. Chesterton would not have liked many of the stories told in coloured pictures by American comic books, which these days tend to dystopia and sado-eroticism—an all-too predictable reflection of the [...]

Teenage Russell Kirk: His First Academic Article

By |2015-05-19T23:13:36-05:00August 31st, 2011|Categories: Aristotle, Bradley J. Birzer, Classics, Conservatism, Heroism, Irving Babbitt, Paul Elmer More, Russell Kirk|

Below are quotes from Russell Kirk’s first published academic article, “Tragedy and the Moderns.” The article appeared in January 1940, when Kirk was just beginning his second semester of his senior year in college. He wrote it, however, during either his freshman or sophomore year at Michigan State, under and with the encouragement of [...]