To Be Unfit for the Modern World

By |2018-09-04T13:19:13-05:00September 6th, 2018|

The Great Tradition patiently endures, ready to speak on its own behalf, ready to challenge narrow prejudices, ready to examine those with the courage to be interrogated by it, ready to teach those who are willing to be made unfit for the modern world... The following is an excerpt from Richard Gamble, The Great Tradition: Classic [...]

A Satirist at Work: Evelyn Waugh’s “Helena”

By |2017-02-09T11:52:58-05:00January 14th, 2017|

Evelyn Waugh’s Helena is a saint for modern times—not an otherworldly ascetic or a heroic martyr, but a woman who “discovered what it was God had chosen for her to do and did it”… This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), Catholic convert and novelist. I had never [...]

Education as if Truth Mattered

By |2016-03-20T14:28:45-05:00March 1st, 2016|

The title of this essay, “Education as if Truth Mattered,” is taken from the subtitle of Christopher Derrick’s book, Escape from Scepticism: Liberal Education as if Truth Mattered, published in 1977. Derrick’s subtitle was itself borrowed and adapted from the subtitle of E. F. Schumacher’s international bestseller, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People [...]

Great Works of the Catholic Revival

By |2016-07-06T15:30:14-05:00November 10th, 2015|

It is often forgotten that the Catholic presence in England is older than England itself. From the martyrdom of St. Alban in the early fourth century, under the Roman occupation, the land has been blessed with a host of Catholic saints. After the Romans left the land that they called Albion, a faithful remnant [...]

Crimes against the Humanities: The Tragedy of Modernity

By |2016-12-07T01:15:30-05:00March 16th, 2014|

One of the most heinous crimes against humanity that modernity has perpetrated is its war on the humanities. And let’s not forget that the humanities are thus called because they teach us about our own humanity. A failure to appreciate the humanities must inevitably lead to the dehumanizing of culture and a disastrous loss [...]

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh

By |2013-12-06T06:05:35-05:00December 3rd, 2013|Tags: , |

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh is tasteless, irreverent, perverse, and merciless. These qualities, however, are the source of a strange sanity because they are the means by which we can all have a good laugh. Not only is it quite alright to take things lightly, it is a good habit. It is even [...]

To Become Unfit for the Modern World: The Great Tradition

By |2019-04-19T13:38:29-05:00October 25th, 2011|

 The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being , an excerpt from Richard Gamble's introduction. Evelyn Waugh’s gently satirical Scott-King’s Modern Europe follows the declining career of a classics teacher at Granchester, a fictional English public school. Granchester is “entirely respectable” but in need of a bit of modernizing, [...]