Hagia Sophia: Once a Church, Always a Church

By |2021-04-25T18:35:13-05:00December 27th, 2020|Categories: Architecture, Christianity, Culture, Religion, Secularism, Western Civilization|

Every awe-inspiring element of Hagia Sophia is a testament to our Christian faith that should make us feel proud of our cultural heritage, even in today’s society where our churches are defaced and adapted for secular use. The church is undeniably Christian in spirit and character, no matter how many times its use is altered. [...]

Secular Iconoclasm and the Peasants’ Indignation

By |2020-06-30T18:19:29-05:00June 30th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Conservatism, Politics, Revolution, Secularism|

Defacing public monuments, streets, churches, and administrative buildings constitutes an act of secular iconoclasm that should be taken seriously—not because the things destroyed possess the sanctity of real icons, but because the spirit in which these places and things are being destroyed conveys a hatred on the part of the rioters towards their own fellow [...]

Christendom in the West

By |2020-02-26T16:09:47-06:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Culture, Joseph Pearce, Secularism, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

England is even further from the Faith that forged her today than she was fifty years ago. She has forgotten her roots, or, if she hasn’t, she would like to forget. The problem is that the absence of Christ means the absence of goodness, truth, and beauty. A nation that rejects Christ is committing moral [...]

Suicide and Secularism on a Wednesday Afternoon

By |2019-02-15T16:13:45-06:00February 12th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Hope, Secularism, Worldview|

How much of one’s desperation comes from apparently having it all, according to the precepts of secular humanism—the great false religion of our time—and yet having nothing at all to get through an ordinary Wednesday afternoon? Growing up in a small Montana town the 1980s—no stop lights, no fast food, plenty of guns—I was mostly [...]

Uncle Sam’s Good Servant But God’s First

By |2020-06-24T23:20:17-05:00January 13th, 2019|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Civil Society, Faith, Joseph Pearce, Nationalism, Patriotism, Secularism, Senior Contributors|

In order to truly serve their nation, true Americans must fearlessly criticize her for her waywardness. More importantly, we must evangelize her, bringing her to the fullness of faith in the God under Whom she owes her existence. Only when America kneels before her true God will she become truly civilized. One of the mistakes [...]

The Opioid Crisis: A Spiritual Solution

By |2020-06-29T10:48:13-05:00January 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 ninety [...]

The Reformation & the Secularization of America

By |2021-04-27T15:02:38-05:00November 18th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, Culture, Free Speech, Freedom of Religion, History, Religion, Secularism, Thomas Jefferson|

The “separation of church and state” was intended in part to prevent the sorts of religious conflicts that had racked Europe in previous centuries. Nevertheless, it was only a matter of time before the ambiguity of this figure of speech would be exploited. During her confirmation hearing last September, Notre Dame law professor, Amy Coney Barrett, [...]

The Hollywood Scandals: A Problem of Male Dominance?

By |2017-11-13T13:39:42-06:00November 13th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Film, John Horvat, Secularism|

A rotten culture that has long taught men that “everything goes” is now turning on those who pursued this norm with great passion… The spectacular fall of Harvey Weinstein represents more than just the rejection of the appalling behavior of a Hollywood mogul. Rather, it is the unsurprising confirmation that Hollywood is rotten. The behavior [...]

Should Religious Symbols Be Banned on Public Lands?

By |2020-06-15T13:05:40-05:00November 7th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Featured, Freedom of Religion, Politics, Religion, Secularism, Thomas R. Ascik, World War I|

Is a long-standing commemorative cross on public land socially divisive and a governmental endorsement of religion? Or, to the contrary, is a constitutional challenge to that cross an act of gratuitous social divisiveness? Recently, in American Humanist Association v. Maryland, the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling of the federal district court of [...]

The Secret Battle of Ideas About God

By |2019-03-11T14:25:50-05:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Faith, Featured, History, Louis Markos, Religion, Secularism, Theology|

The Secret Battle of Ideas about God asks five simple questions that cut to the heart of what it means to be human: Am I loved? Why do I hurt? Does my life have meaning? Why can’t we just get along? Is there any hope for the world?… The Secret Battle of Ideas about God: Overcoming the [...]

What the Boy Scouts & the #Metoo Hashtag Have in Common

By |2017-12-28T14:59:52-06:00October 24th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Featured, Myth, Secularism|

Both the Boy Scouts of America announcement and the #metoo phenomenon indicate a cultural problem: We have difficulty understanding the role distinctions play in our interactions with one another… “The most portentous general event of our time is the steady obliteration of those distinctions which create society.”[1] Richard Weaver penned these words in his 1948 book, Ideas [...]

Fearing Dreher: What Many Critics Ignore About the Benedict Option

By |2018-01-22T09:44:28-06:00April 19th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Education, Religion, Secularism, Thomas R. Ascik|

Even those critics friendly to Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option have failed to take its implications seriously, likely because they are afraid to take the concrete steps he suggests to preserve their Christian way of life in this country… Does the United States need Christianity or at least the conventional morality based on Christianity? Until the [...]

Right or Left: Who Presents the Greater Threat to Islam?

By |2019-10-15T14:36:48-05:00November 13th, 2016|Categories: Islam, Secularism|

One of the more popular themes dominating media and social media in the last week have been fears that America’s multicultural project will be reversed, and exhibited by increased prejudice and discrimination against racial, ethnic, and religious minorities. One protester in Chicago told The Washington Post: “It’s a bad time to be a Muslim or [...]

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