Modernity

Waiting for God in Absurd Times

By |2019-10-20T00:07:43-05:00October 19th, 2019|Categories: Books, Culture, Modernity, Philosophy|

Whether one is an atheist or a believer, all of us can agree that there is certainly something missing in our society. By entering into a dialogue with a variety of texts, the authors of “The Terror of Existence” wrestle with the idea of meaninglessness and absurdity with the seriousness and it deserves. The [...]

How to Rediscover the Order of the Universe in a Postmodern World

By |2019-10-16T22:18:34-05:00October 16th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Books, Culture, John Horvat, Modernity, Order|

There is an order of the universe. How refreshing are these words! They cause a certain joy, especially in our days of chaos. If an order exists, then God exists who is its Creator and source. We might then exclaim with the Psalmist how all creation gives glory to God and elevates our souls [...]

Why Letter-Writing Is Essential to the Good Life

By |2019-10-10T12:06:28-05:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Michael De Sapio, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Writing|

In an age when we have come to expect things to happen for us instantaneously, letter-writing is a school for patience. Letter-writing also has the mysterious power to convey not just the words but the presence of the person. It has been the nourishment of romantic love for ages. In writing letters, we participate [...]

Of Apples and Arsenic: Classical vs. Progressive Education

By |2019-09-25T22:04:50-05:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Classical Education, Education, Liberal Learning, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

The classical Christian educator and the progressive educator have radically different ideas of education. The two camps have virtually no real common ground concerning education’s means and ends—and the difference between the two is the difference between apples and arsenic. If we reminisce about the days when PBS aired the Anthology documentary on The [...]

Classical Education Without Tears?

By |2019-09-05T23:48:22-05:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Classical Education, Education, Modernity|

Classical education to be sure offers much that is wonderful. But the most important discoveries come by effort that is often painful. A joyful tour of the “true, good, and beautiful” without pain is likely a superficial substitute for a real education. When I see T-shirts and bumper stickers that declare, “I survived Catholic schools,” [...]

Headlong Into Darkness: Social Media as Plato’s Cave

By |2019-09-01T23:08:35-05:00September 1st, 2019|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Culture, Modernity, Plato, Senior Contributors|

In almost every way, social media seems most like some crazy, corrupt thing lurking in Plato’s Cave. But nothing in the free world forces us to be cruel, nasty, hateful, or bigoted to our fellows. We are instead called to proclaim truth, goodness, and beauty. There are days, there are days, and, then, there [...]

Legalizing the Resurrection

By |2019-09-09T11:52:05-05:00August 30th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Glenn Arbery, Modernity, Religion, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

Many in our society consider religion merely an instrument of power, and they believe that the “correction” of inherited beliefs and practices can be forced upon the unwilling. But there’s an enormous difference between people who choose the real common good and people forced to submit to a state ideology. When I went into [...]

Moral Education From Birmingham Jail

By |2019-08-27T21:48:31-05:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Modernity, Morality, Worldview|

In an age of moral confusion, Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" offers welcome clarity. Its rhetoric still has power today, with memorable phrases like "justice too long delayed is justice denied" and "Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability." But the heart of his argument, that man-made laws are just [...]

Batman vs. Modern Art

By |2019-08-23T16:03:44-05:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Art, Culture, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Television|

A satirical spoof on the pretentiousness of modern art, “Batman” episodes “Pop Goes the Joker” and “Flop Goes the Joker” are side-splittingly out-loud funny while being simultaneously the best exposé of the naked nonsense beneath the Emperor’s new clothes. The secret’s out. My dual identity has been discovered. By day, I spend my time [...]

Fire Extinguishers at the Economic and Environmental Flood

By |2019-08-20T22:49:54-05:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, David Deavel, Economics, Environmentalism, Modernity|

The real problem in the modern world is not that there are too many babies, but too few. In the end, both economics and environmentalism depend upon people. Money and the earth are made for man, and not man for money and the earth. The fashionable mindset among celebrities, royals, and too many ordinary [...]

Woodstock 50: What Went Wrong Then and Now

By |2019-08-14T21:55:25-05:00August 14th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Culture War, History, Modernity, Music|

If America is polarized and directionless today, it is partly due to the cultural revolution that emanated from Woodstock. The solution is not to recreate Woodstock fifty years later, but to reject it as the cultural and moral disaster that it was. Woodstock represented what America would eventually become—a broken and dysfunctional society. It shows [...]

Philip K. Dick’s “The Pre-Persons”: Abortion & Dystopia

By |2019-07-26T10:47:35-05:00July 20th, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Culture, Fiction, Literature, Modernity|

Secular liberals can only celebrate Philip K. Dick’s writing by filtering and censoring it, for among other things, it includes an unambiguous, carefully argued, and strident attack upon the central liberal sacrament—abortion. Philip K. Dick From Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle to the Hollywood films like Blade Runner and Minority [...]

Photography as Propaganda

By |2019-07-16T11:20:36-05:00July 14th, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Joseph Mussomeli, Modernity, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Images certainly can be much more compelling than mere words. But like words, how images are used and when they are used are opportunities for manipulation. The photograph is unnerving. One cannot look at it without it breaking your heart. It is the sort of image that sticks in your mind forever and haunts [...]