Trinity, Creation, & the Order of Intelligence in the Modern Academy

By |2019-01-02T22:39:00-05:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christian Living, Christianity, Culture War, David L. Schindler, Intelligence, Pope John Paul II|

“Holiness is intended to comprehend the order of being in its entirety.” The Second Vatican Council insists that “all Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love,” and that this holiness fosters a more human life.[1] The present article outlines a [...]

The Right Idea: How West & East Seek the True, Good, & Beautiful

By |2019-04-04T12:47:25-05:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Beauty, Ethics, Intelligence, St. Thomas Aquinas, Truth|

Except for mystics, the goal of Western philosophers and theologians has been to find the right ideas, whereas Eastern thinkers seek the direct grasping of the first principles and the inner essences of natural things. I wish to suggest that the Western and Eastern paths to the true, the good, and the beautiful can be [...]

The Problem of Too Many Books

By |2018-12-12T01:04:54-05:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture, Imagination, Intelligence|

The exponential proliferation of books is a sign of our culture’s loss of an ultimate, shared purpose to life, and a consensus on how to achieve that purpose. Devoid of this consensus, each of us is left to search for the fragments of truth in our frantic, scattered regimen of reading each year… In [...]

How John Dewey Destroyed the Souls of Our Children

By |2018-01-18T22:56:58-05:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: Education, Intelligence, Liberal Learning|

If John Dewey’s theories had been accurate, it should have been the beginning of a bright new age of understanding. Instead, the world of the young has become uglier and increasingly self-centered… The story of American public education begins with Horace Mann. It was Mann who popularized the idea that American schools should teach [...]

The Divine Element Within

By |2017-10-07T17:05:42-05:00June 26th, 2017|Categories: Art, Existence of God, Featured, Intelligence, Music, Poetry, Reason, Religion, Science, St. John's College, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

In Modernity, the capacity for effortless knowing is denied, ignored, or misunderstood. As a result, the origin of all knowledge is taken as unaided human effort and activity… The Two Modes of the Mind If we lack a word for an experience, we obviously cannot talk to others about it, and the experience, no [...]

Homo Sapiens: The Unfinished Animal

By |2018-10-29T17:26:28-05:00February 28th, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, Education, Featured, Freedom, History, Intelligence, Love, Philosophy, St. John's College|

No animal except Homo sapiens has any choice in what life to live. Having a vastly richer interior life, we humans must struggle to find an excellent way of living, and we must recognize the most fundamental principle of human life: By nature every person is meant to love and be loved… I don’t know [...]

The Emperor Is Wearing Pajamas: The Decline of Dress

By |2016-08-04T23:52:51-05:00March 27th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Featured, Intelligence, John Horvat, Modernity|

The modern attitude toward dress is that it has little effect on the way people function. In fact, people are advised that the more comfortable they are, the more efficient and happy they will be. People generally respond to such advice by collectively retreating into a shabby array of blue jeans or shorts, T-shirts [...]

The End of Ideas in American Politics?

By |2018-12-18T22:27:18-05:00February 15th, 2016|Categories: Featured, History, Intelligence, Mark Malvasi, Politics, Populism|

Americans have long mistrusted intellectuals, nowhere more so than when intellectuals have had access to power. There is considerable irony in this apprehension, for the Founding Fathers were themselves men of intellect and learning. Refined and erudite, many were well and widely read in history, politics, law, and science, and applied their knowledge to [...]

Aristotle on the Contemplation of Being

By |2019-03-26T14:37:31-05:00January 28th, 2016|Categories: Aristotle, Christopher Morrissey, Intelligence, Philosophy|

What can a philosopher’s metaphysical “intuition of being”[1] offer to society? I think the root philosophical difficulty, whenever we speak of politically contentious things, is that we have few resources with which to resist “modern philosophy’s ideological approach to politics.”[2] How can one cultivate the right personal disposition such that one might avoid the pitfalls [...]

Education and the Information Revolution

By |2018-10-16T20:24:29-05:00October 18th, 2015|Categories: Education, Featured, Intelligence, Liberal Learning, RAK, Russell Kirk, Technology|

The people of the United States spend annually upon higher learning more money, probably, than did all the nations of the world combined, from the foundation of the ancient universities down to the beginning of the Second World War. In the United States, ever since the Second World War and especially during the past [...]

Liberal Education and the Free Mind

By |2018-07-01T10:42:18-05:00October 14th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Intelligence, Liberal Learning, Quotation, St. John's College|

I have some questions I want to ask you, questions for St. John’s graduates and questions for American citizens. As I understand the questions, one leads to another, and they all add up to: How are you doing? The first question is: Do you believe in and trust your intellect, that innate power that [...]

Can Atheists Claim the Intellectual High Ground?

By |2015-10-30T09:53:52-05:00October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Atheism, Christianity, Featured, Intelligence, Religion, Theology|

Many atheists are assured of the truth of their position, arguing that religious beliefs are merely blind faith at best and stupidity at worst. As Richard Dawkins writes, “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is the belief in spite of, even perhaps because [...]

The Reality of the Politically Correct Ideology

By |2015-04-04T17:10:13-05:00April 4th, 2015|Categories: Culture, Intelligence, John Stuart Mill|

Jonathan Chait burned up the Internet with his critique of so-called political correctness.[1] Among many responses, Amanda Taub’s stands out for its denial of Mr. Chait’s basic premise.[2] According to Ms. Taub: …there’s no such thing as “political correctness.” The term’s in wide use, certainly, but has no actual fixed or specific meaning. What [...]