The Reality of the Resurrection

By |2021-04-03T17:34:25-05:00April 3rd, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Easter, Gospel Reflection, Philosophy, Timeless Essays|

Too often we Christians have given in to the temptation to sanitize the crucifixion and sentimentalize the resurrection. But the resurrection was not, at first, a cause for rejoicing, but the source of fear—soul-shaking, knee-knocking, heart-pounding, earth-quaking fear. One of the good things about Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is the gore. He [...]

On Thales, Chaos, and Water

By |2021-03-30T14:05:27-05:00March 30th, 2021|Categories: Philosophy, Worldview|

Thales was the first Greek to ask himself what are the origin and principle from which all things come. By looking for these, he destroyed the very foundation of the ancient belief in an intrinsically chaotic universe. And for that, he deserves to be remembered, especially by us, the inhabitants of the post-philosophical world. Why [...]

The Anthropological Roots of Modern Identity Politics

By |2021-03-12T12:03:59-06:00March 15th, 2021|Categories: Philosophy, Politics, Sexuality|

Carl R. Trueman, in his book “The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self,” looks at the ideas which lie at the foundation of the drive for self-expression and authenticity, and the concepts which undergird the militant defence of the plethora of sexual and gender identities. The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural [...]

Is Equality a Positive Good?

By |2021-03-23T16:31:07-05:00March 8th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Declaration of Independence, E.B., Equality, Eva Brann, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

Fairness is an acknowledgement of just desserts, and therefore implies equality in dealings with similarly entitled partners. So it is indeed equality adjusted to circumstances that I desire. Thus there is an intimation that equality will come into play when justice is administered communally. Regarding the title: 1. The question mark expresses a genuine perplexity [...]

Virtue: How to Live & Die According to Montaigne

By |2021-03-01T13:53:20-06:00March 1st, 2021|Categories: Philosophy, Virtue|

In his “Essays,” Michel de Montaigne rejects notions of virtue as a quasi-divine state and instead embraces Stoic and Epicurean notions of virtue as a sort of tranquility of mind and soul. A virtuous man restrains his natural vices and lives an orderly and moderate life. For the French nobleman and philosopher, Michel de Montaigne, [...]

Robert Nisbet’s “The Social Group in French Thought”

By |2021-02-24T19:24:01-06:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Civilization, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Political Philosophy, Politics, Robert Nisbet, Senior Contributors|

In “The Social Group in French Thought,” Robert Nisbet explains that social philosophers such as Bodin, Hobbes, and Rousseau undermined and sabotaged private law and intermediary institutions. Their thought culminated in the French Revolution and in its radical and nationalist legislation. Robert Nisbet’s dissertation began by lamenting that the history of freedom has been written [...]

How We Split the World Apart: The Separation of Faith & Philosophy

By |2021-03-23T16:27:53-05:00February 11th, 2021|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Faith, Philosophy, Religion, Senior Contributors, St. John's College, Theology|

This is an edited version of a conversation between Eva Brann, the longest-serving tutor at St. John’s College, and Hamza Yusuf, President of Zaytuna College, recorded in March 2019. You can listen to the full podcast here. Hamza Yusuf: We’re really fortunate today to have with us, I think, one of the treasures of our [...]

The Gentle Genius of Thomas Howard

By |2021-01-29T12:01:09-06:00February 1st, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Imagination, Joseph Pearce, Philosophy, Senior Contributors|

Chivalrous and self-effacing in a completely genuine and unconscious way, Thomas Howard was a bona fide gentleman, in the old-fashioned sense of the word. He was a walking witness of all that is good and gracious in life, serving as a tacit reminder of goodness, truth, and beauty. Thomas Howard When Thomas Howard [...]

Eric Hoffer: The Longshoreman Philosopher’s Thought & Work

By |2021-01-26T15:13:08-06:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Communism, Freedom, Philosophy, Politics|

In a time of social and political radicalization, Eric Hoffer remained a free and independent thinker and identified the threat that Marxism posed for citizens. He reflects on human nature, individuality, and the responsibility and duty of thoughtful and informed citizens to upkeep open, democratic societies. Eric Hoffer The American philosopher, Eric Hoffer [...]

Clarity as Charity

By |2021-01-25T16:17:08-06:00January 25th, 2021|Categories: Charity, Christianity, Philosophy, Reason|

Critical theorists seek to confuse concepts through the manipulation of language and promote ideas that fail to correspond to reality. Academic theories designed to confuse rather than to clarify must be confronted with calm reason. This is the most charitable thing we can do for those who will come after us. Self-evident Truths It can [...]

An End to the Bleak Mid-Winter of Reductionist Worldviews

By |2020-12-17T09:19:32-06:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Myth, Philosophy, Worldview|

People have wrestled with dualistic tension at least as far back as ancient Greece, with two competing streams epitomized in the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus. But as the Magi and shepherds both came to adore the newborn Christ Child, all dualistic bedrocks crumbled before the manger of the incarnational God. “Who make imagination’s dim [...]

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