How Should We Read a Book?

By |2021-04-27T21:48:31-05:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Quotation, St. John's College|

Peter Kalkavage's The Logic of Desire presents an exemplary attitude for a reader to adopt toward a book. To use a fancy term, it embodies a “hermeneutic,” a principle of interpretation. The most respectful such hermeneutic rule I know is the so-called “principle of charity:” give the text a chance to make maximum sense. Mr. [...]

God Is Not Mocked: Against Christian Wars

By |2016-07-30T16:53:41-05:00August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Quotation, War|

Plato somewhere says, that when grecians war with grecians, (notwithstanding they were separate and independent dynasties) it is not a war, but an insurrection. He would not consider them as a separate people, because they were united in name and by vicinity. And yet the christians will call it a war, and a just and [...]

The First Function of Founders of Nations

By |2019-08-06T16:55:41-05:00July 4th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Forrest McDonald, History, Quotation|

The first function of the founders of nations, after the founding itself, is to devise a set of true falsehoods about origin—a mythology—that will make it desirable for nationals to continue to live under common authority, and, indeed, make it impossible for them to entertain contrary thoughts. Ordinarily the founding, being the less subtle of [...]

The Tragic Education

By |2019-06-06T12:30:57-05:00June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Education, Quotation, Richard Weaver, Tragedy|

Perhaps there is nothing in the world as truly educative as tragedy. When you have known it, you’ve known the worst, and probably also you have had a glimpse of the mystery of things. And if this is so, we may infer that there is nothing which educates or matures a man or a people [...]

The Necessity of the Bill of Rights

By |2020-11-19T15:20:29-06:00June 8th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, James Madison, Liberty, Quotation, Rights|

It may be said, indeed it has been said, that a bill of rights is not necessary, because the establishment of this Government has not repealed those declarations of rights which are added to the several State constitutions; that those rights of the people, which had been established by the most solemn act, could not [...]

Christian Education: Initiation into the Christian Way of Life

By |2020-07-14T22:54:57-05:00May 25th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Education, Featured, Quotation, Western Civilization|

Taken in its widest sense education is simply the process by which the new members of a community are initiated into its way of life and thought from the simplest elements of behavior up to the highest tradition of spiritual wisdom. Christian education is therefore an initiation into the Christian way of life and thought, [...]

Go to Top