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 [...]

What Is Beauty and Why Do We Need It?

By |2019-06-12T14:33:20-05:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Order|

Beauty demands that we celebrate order with creativity, surprise, and freshness. We are meant to be startled by the goodness of reality, astonished by things working the way they’re supposed to, and delighted by the truth. Let us suppose there is such a thing as objective beauty. Suppose, along with the classical and Christian traditions, [...]

This is America’s New Face of Brutal Rage and Chaos

By |2019-02-17T23:10:03-05:00February 17th, 2019|Categories: Abortion, Civil Society, Order, Politics|

At some point this past month, America crossed a Rubicon that dramatically threw our society into a disorder manifested by the denial of reality and truth. However, the unmasking of disorder in all its hideousness has produced more intense longings for a return of a moral order by those who grieve for the nation and [...]

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 [...]

The Opioid Crisis: A Spiritual Solution

By |2018-01-18T17:11:28-05:00January 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 [...]

Augustine and Limited Government

By |2019-08-22T15:21:41-05:00July 29th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Civilization, Featured, Government, Order, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, St. Augustine|

Augustine recognized that the flaws of human nature precluded perfection on earth, and he concluded that government cannot save souls by coercing virtuous conduct… Since Augustine’s death in 430 A.D., the world has changed so much that this irreplaceable figure of Christianity would likely find difficult it to recognize. The advent of extraordinary technological [...]

C.S. Lewis and the Questioned Image

By |2019-08-06T17:19:39-05:00July 20th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Imagination, Modernity, Order, Philosophy, Science, St. Thomas Aquinas|

It is hard, as a modern, to know the right questions to ask, to know when all questions fall silent in the presence of absolute Truth, of Revelation… In his final book, The Discarded Image, C.S. Lewis writes about the Mediaeval world view: “All the apparent contradictions must be harmonised. A Model must be built [...]

Beauty and the Imagination

By |2019-07-30T14:07:53-05:00July 16th, 2017|Categories: Beauty, Christian Humanism, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Imagination, Nature, Order, Theology|

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… Why is a sentence from C.S. Lewis delightful while an equally true statement by another, ordinary writer, is not? “I believe in Christianity as I believe the [...]

The State Will Take Care of Itself

By |2017-06-21T15:28:24-05:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: Literature, Order, Quotation|

"If others play the fool, it is no reason why you should. The State will take care of itself. Mind your own business as you have heretofore done, and every thing will be better for yourself and for the State. There are men whose vocation it is, from taste, habit, and education, to be statesmen, [...]

Does Eastern Philosophy Hold the Solution to the West’s Crisis?

By |2017-05-21T10:19:35-05:00March 21st, 2017|Categories: Confucius, Culture, Featured, History, Order, Philosophy, Politics|

Western conservatives should broaden their historical gaze, and look to Eastern as well as Western thinkers for direction and inspiration in our confusing world… Anyone who has ever been misled by a mistaken weather forecast knows that the world is full of chaos. Weather systems are influenced by the complex interactions of particles too [...]

The Denial of the Natural Order

By |2019-03-11T14:42:27-05:00February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Modernity, Order, William Shakespeare|

Without a natural order on which to build, the religious order has no solid foundation on which to teach charity, enrich culture, or refine civilization. Without the cardinal virtues in place, the theological virtues will not follow… “The fundamental heresy of our day is perhaps the denial of the natural order, of the very [...]

What Is the Cause of Angry Politics?

By |2019-09-24T10:16:52-05:00June 11th, 2016|Categories: Civil Society, Featured, John Horvat, Order, Politics, Virtue|

  Everyone agrees that there is something different about today’s angry politics. The ordinary issues that have shaped the political debate for years have largely remained the same. The economy is still in bad shape, terrorism remains a top concern and the deficit is still growing as fast as ever. The mood of the [...]

Understanding Hegel’s Theory on Time

By |2018-12-21T14:56:24-05:00January 13th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Liberal Learning, Literature, Nature, Order, St. John's College, Time|

This note is written in memory of David Lachterman, who was an alumnus—using the term in its fullest significance—of St. John's College, Class of 1965, when I was a young tutor. He was in my classes only in his junior year: in a preceptorial entitled "The Fragments of Parmenides and Heraclitus," and in the mathematics [...]