How Evolution Means the Death of the Soul

By |2018-02-12T21:57:58-06:00February 12th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture, John Horvat, Morality|

The premise that the soul does not exist has practical consequences in society. If there is no soul, then there is no final destination where evil is punished and good rewarded forever. Morality itself becomes irrelevant… Evolutionists rarely proclaim their incompatibility with Christianity so as not to alarm Christians. They will generally try to [...]

The Opioid Crisis: A Spiritual Solution

By |2020-06-29T10:48:13-05:00January 17th, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Culture War, Ethics, John Horvat, Order, Secularism|

The abuse of opioids, like other addictions, stems from a profound spiritual problem deep inside the souls of countless Americans. But when people turn to the sublimity of heavenly things, they acquire the ability to overcome their frenetic appetites and look for spiritual solutions… An opioid crisis is devastating America. Every day, more than [...]

My New Year’s Resolution: Keep Sundays Internet-Free

By |2017-12-29T13:13:58-06:00December 28th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Faith, Information Age, John Horvat, Science, Technology|

An Internet-free Sunday honors the Sabbath and allows us to leave our daily rat-race for at least one day, to ponder and prepare for the week ahead. It is a perfect occasion to visit and converse with others… Last year, I made a New Year’s resolution that I would make my Sundays Internet-free. It [...]

Gift-Giving Guidelines for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2017-12-12T22:59:04-06:00December 12th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Conservatism, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Horvat|

What we need most are things spiritual, not material. We need things that will not agitate us but that will fill us with peace and order… In making my list of gift suggestions for Christmas, I could not help but reflect that what we need most are things spiritual, not material. We need things [...]

Why Ladies and Gentlemen Are Forbidden on New York Trains

By |2018-05-14T12:16:52-05:00December 4th, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Culture War, Featured, John Horvat, Language, Virtue|

The seemingly insignificant suppression of ladies and gentlemen on New York’s trains represents a giant step backward. It affirms that we need no longer behave like ladies and gentlemen, but rather like whatever we want to be, or happen to be, at the moment... Passengers, customers, or whatever you want to call them are welcome [...]

The Hollywood Scandals: A Problem of Male Dominance?

By |2017-11-13T13:39:42-06:00November 13th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Film, John Horvat, Secularism|

A rotten culture that has long taught men that “everything goes” is now turning on those who pursued this norm with great passion… The spectacular fall of Harvey Weinstein represents more than just the rejection of the appalling behavior of a Hollywood mogul. Rather, it is the unsurprising confirmation that Hollywood is rotten. The [...]

How America Became the “Pressure-Cooker” Nation

By |2019-08-22T15:20:50-05:00October 17th, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, Community, Culture, Featured, History, John Horvat, Morality, Politics|

The left is politicizing our calming safety-valve institutions—the national anthem, marriage, statues, even leisure—damning them as expressions of an oppressive regime that must be overthrown. But these institutions need to be defended in order to relieve the pressures that are mounting and tearing society apart… If there is an image that represents the present [...]

Monument to the Mediocre Man

By |2019-05-02T12:56:22-05:00September 11th, 2017|Categories: Character, Culture, John Horvat, Politics, Virtue|

The mediocre man perhaps takes comfort from the fact that there will never be a monument erected in his honor. He has taken great pains to do nothing extraordinary to merit such an action… As the violent Statue War now rages, a nervous man scornfully watches from a distance. He doesn’t understand what the [...]

The Benedict Option & the Barbarians at the Gate

By |2019-01-27T15:30:19-06:00June 25th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Community, Culture, John Horvat, St. Benedict, Timeless Essays|

If we truly desire the Benedict Option, then let us not withdraw from modernity, for strategic retreats easily turn into routs. Let us rather engage our neo-barbarian culture by both cultivating our Benedictine identity when projecting Boniface’s strength. It is the only option… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity [...]

How to Conquer the “Fear of Missing Out”

By |2019-10-10T12:19:16-05:00June 6th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Faith, John Horvat, Science, Technology|

Those who don’t want to miss out on an “urgent” text message or email must reorient their desires toward those spiritual goods found in the good, true, and beautiful… Everyone has seen it happen. Suddenly, in the middle of a conversation at an event, a person feels compelled to answer an “urgent” message, frequently [...]

Where Are the Nation’s Captains?

By |2019-06-27T11:39:31-05:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Featured, John Horvat, Leadership, Virtue|

In our confusing and chaotic times, we do not need technocrats, economists, and politicians to craft their complex programs to solve our problems. We need captains who selflessly dedicate themselves to defending the common good… Traveling by air these days can be stressful. It is increasingly difficult to go on a trip without some [...]

Three Reasons To Do an Internet Detox

By |2019-11-21T12:34:35-06:00April 25th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Faith, Information Age, John Horvat, Technology|

The important thing is to control technology since it becomes abusive when it starts controlling us. Thus, if email overload is causing concern, it is time to implement some version of detox. There is life beyond the Internet…. On January 1, 2017, I made a New Year’s resolution to make my Sundays Internet free. [...]

From Fake News to Rude Awakening

By |2017-05-03T14:50:36-05:00March 13th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Featured, John Horvat, Journalism, Truth|

When politicians succumb to the temptation of turning policy into spectacle—even if it is good policy—it makes the show more important than the policy… It has become trendy to call everything fake. This is helped by the fact that so many things are fake. The world is awash in “fake news.” So much of [...]

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