Friedrich-Georg Jünger on Technology & Prometheanism

By |2021-06-01T19:40:04-05:00June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Civilization, Culture, Economics, Modernity, Philosophy, Science, Technology|

According to Friedrich-Georg Jünger, modern man’s veneration of technology reveals his distant kinship to the Titans of myth. This ‘titanic’ impulse to dominate and consume expresses itself through our technology-driven industrial economy, which now determines every aspect of life from the air we breathe to the food we eat. Ongoing debates concerning the growing power [...]

Thoreau’s Guilty Conscience

By |2021-05-31T11:28:12-05:00May 31st, 2021|Categories: Henry David Thoreau, Justice, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Politics|

There could be no Henry David Thoreau without a Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson glorified the individual independence of the new American; Thoreau evolved that into a nation-less, anarchic, natural man of subjective conscience. In 1838, Harvard College exiled a young James Russell Lowell to the tutelage of a minister in Concord, Massachusetts, a suspension for [...]

C.S. Lewis on Romanticism

By |2021-05-27T16:58:32-05:00May 27th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Culture, Literature, Philosophy, Senior Contributors|

Though deeply conflicted about Romanticism, C.S. Lewis believed that the Romantics at least asked the right questions and found the right answers. But he also held that they failed to grasp the greater picture of things, which only Christianity truly understands. Somewhat famously, as described in Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis believed that he had [...]

Ordinary Things, Extraordinary Genius

By |2021-05-20T18:35:05-05:00May 20th, 2021|Categories: Christian Humanism, Culture, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, Truth|

We see, in his poetry and prose, the humour and humility of G.K. Chesterton, but also the extraordinary genius who sees that the ordinary things of life are not merely a matter of life and death but a matter of eternal life and eternal death. The genius of G.K. Chesterton is hard to pin down [...]

Barfield’s Romantic Logos

By |2021-05-18T16:51:59-05:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Humanism, Culture, Imagination, Philosophy, Reason, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

Owen Barfield argued that the modern world must readopt the truths of the Logos, should Western Civilization move beyond its current selfish and totalitarian phase. And this rediscovered love of the Logos must express itself throughout culture and the arts. In 1944, over a decade after Lewis’s conversion to Christianity, half a decade after Tolkien’s [...]

Can We Live Without Enchantment?

By |2021-05-11T15:23:43-05:00May 10th, 2021|Categories: Modernity, Mystery, Philosophy, Science, St. John's College, Truth, Wilfred McClay|

Is the presumptuous mapping of all material reality a boon to humankind, or will it prove a curse? Might an acknowledgment of mystery as a steady and enduring feature of our condition be key to our mental and moral health, and our sense of our own freedom? This essay was co-authored with Donald A. Yerxa.* [...]

10 Ancient Books That Influenced Stoicism

By |2021-05-05T18:20:25-05:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, Stoicism|

“A book is a word spoken into creation. Its message goes out into the world. It cannot be taken back,” Michael O’Brien warned as well as assured in his magisterial novel, Sophia House. Just as each word is a reflection of The Word (Logos), so each book is a reflection of The Book. While Christians [...]

Jeffrey Epstein & the Hideous Strength of Transhumanism

By |2021-05-03T16:10:23-05:00May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Culture, Evil, Joseph Pearce, Philosophy, Senior Contributors|

Most of Jeffrey Epstein’s so-called “philanthropy” was directed to the financing and promotion of transhumanism. At the prideful heart of this movement is a disdain for all that is authentically human and a sordid desire to replace human frailty with superhuman or transhuman strength. The sordid life of Jeffrey Epstein serves to highlight the decadence [...]

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Romantic Conservative

By |2021-04-20T14:05:04-05:00April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Conservatism, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge|

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s romantic conservatism is passionate, incisive, and high-minded. His notion of the “Idea” is persuasive in regard to how it exists in human society, and he lit the way to resolving the ever-present conservative tension between theory and practice. The life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, if tumultuous and at times disastrous, was a [...]

Anatomizing Our Schizophrenia

By |2021-04-22T09:29:28-05:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Culture, Philosophy, Reason, Truth|

Slogans gain resonance more quickly and widely than ever before, so that we are governed by bumper-sticker thinking, and entertainment becomes the supra-ideology of all discourse. In favor of a new inauthentic ‘reality’, we bid farewell to a culture, including its history, and devolve into a state of double vision that extends to cultural, social, [...]

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 [...]

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