Beauty and the Imagination

By |2019-02-01T10:10:26-05:00January 27th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Christian Humanism, Culture, G.K. Chesterton, Imagination, Nature, Order, Timeless Essays|

The imagination is a gift from God, given in His own image, to conceive of a Glorious Reality that does exist, that we cannot yet fully see... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Aaron Ames, as he considers the Divine source of beauty and imagination.—W. Winston Elliott [...]

Leo Strauss vs. Edmund Burke

By |2018-12-03T23:04:44-05:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Books, Edmund Burke, History, Leo Strauss, Nature, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Reason, Truth|

What ought to take primacy when carrying out research and interpreting seminal books: the text itself, or the context? A known critic of historicism and contextualism, Leo Strauss published his seminal essay, ‘What is Political Philosophy?’ in 1957 in the Journal of Politics and introduced a problem with the field: Modern academic obsessions over [...]

Did Edward Hopper Hate the City?

By |2018-10-24T23:30:09-05:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Art, Nature|

Few artists have captured the essence of America’s industrial urbanism with the precision of Edward Hopper (1882-1967). His images depict an intricate landscape shaped by factories and railroads, and by the collision of traditional European forms with the novelty of American, electric-lit night. His human subjects manifest a pervasive sense of alienation among individuals of [...]

Nature, Science, and Civilization

By |2019-06-10T11:19:01-05:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: Civilization, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Leviathan, Mark Malvasi, Nature, Science, Senior Contributors, Technology, Western Civilization|

At its finest, the new conception of nature enabled people to appreciate, and wish to safeguard, the natural environment on which life depends. At its worst, this reverence for the natural world gave rise to a mindless sentimentality that regarded all human activity as harmful and exploitive. I. The English mathematician and philosopher Alfred North [...]

Walking Into Wisdom

By |2019-05-07T14:40:45-05:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Glenn Arbery, Great Books, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Nature, Wyoming Catholic College|

There's a pace to reading that corresponds to walking, and probably to thought itself; the followers of Aristotle are called the “peripatetics,” a word that means “those who walk to and fro”... At the end of this week, the fifty-two new freshmen at Wyoming Catholic College descend from the mountains where they have spent the [...]

In the Beginning Was the… Music?

By |2019-05-16T13:39:38-05:00July 21st, 2018|Categories: Existence of God, Mathematics, Nature, Science|

Michio Kaku has made a name for himself as a world-leading theoretical physicist unafraid to speak his mind. Dr. Kaku, the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York, has published more than 70 articles in physics journals on topics such as supersymmetry, superstring theory, supergravity, and [...]

Beauty and Modern Art

By |2019-04-04T13:06:56-05:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: Art, Beauty, Nature, Truth|

As modern art has drifted away from traditional Beauty, it has also abandoned Truth and Goodness, rejecting God, religion, and nature in one fell swoop… “Guernica,” by Pablo Picasso (1937) To engage in dialogue about beauty and art is to navigate a tricky mire. Regardless of the exact point of contention, there [...]

Is the Human Brain Just Like a Computer?

By |2019-05-09T15:49:02-05:00July 5th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Nature, Science, Technology|

Some dream of a time when we will achieve immortality by downloading the contents of the brain into a computer. But is this truly possible?… I have just read a fascinating and, to my mind, cheerful article, by the research psychologist Robert Epstein, on why your brain is not a computer—for the simple reason that your brain does [...]

CGI Apocalypse: The Veiling of Nature

By |2018-06-07T02:52:00-05:00June 10th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Culture, Nature, Science, Stratford Caldecott, Technology, Timeless Essays|

The world may ultimately be broken down, not into atoms or elements or quanta of energy, but into something like “pixels” or units of information. These build up into the impressions of things that are the objects of our consciousness, constituting the other half of reality… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords [...]

A Conservative Reclaims the Sea

By |2018-05-08T16:01:01-05:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, History, Nature|

Seashore towns once played the same conservative role as American farms did, but by the end of the twentieth century, man took to coercing nature in order to protect his ocean playground… The Atlantic and Pacific Coasts of the United States serve as a home to the Union’s great cities and to a majority [...]

Willa Cather: The Land Is Alive

By |2019-04-30T16:46:30-05:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Books, Character, Christine Norvell, Nature|

Majesty, beauty, ferocity, personality—all these traits typify the settings Willa Cather employs in her writings. More lush and alive than I could have imagined, these fullest of descriptions drew me to her work. When I first read O Pioneers!, I wanted to be there in Hanover, Nebraska. I wanted to work the hard land, [...]

Hedonism in Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”

By |2018-11-04T23:28:07-05:00March 5th, 2018|Categories: Christine Norvell, Literature, Love, Marriage, Nature|

What was Ernest Hemingway illustrating about the emptiness of the generation in which he lived when he wrote A Farewell to Arms in 1929? If we unthinkingly pursue pleasure and live for nothing except ourselves, what are we left with?… In A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway portrays the character of Frederic Henry as [...]

The Radical Christianity of Thomas More’s “Utopia”

By |2018-01-10T12:00:25-05:00January 9th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Community, Culture, Great Books, History, Modernity, Nature|

Utopia is an instructive call to return to the radical Christianity of Christ, to the purity and simplicity of His words, as the only way of saving mankind from ourselves… Thomas More’s Utopia remains one of the most puzzling and paradoxical treatises on the ideal state. In order to elucidate More’s true ideas and [...]