“Little Places” and the Recovery of Civilization

By |2021-06-18T12:31:11-05:00June 18th, 2021|Categories: E.B., Education, Essential, Eva Brann, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, St. John's College, Timeless Essays, Wisdom|

It is mainly little places which permit the modesty of pace needed for long thoughts, and the conditions of closeness under which human beings begin to stand out and become distinct in their first and second nature. These places are the veritable harbors of refuge and recovery for civilization. Today, the same day on which [...]

Celebrating the Music of Igor Stravinsky

By |2021-06-16T17:42:57-05:00June 16th, 2021|Categories: Audio/Video, Igor Stravinsky, Michael De Sapio, Music, Senior Contributors|

For the explosive energy and power of his music, and its exploring of unheard-of worlds of sound, Igor Stravinsky was the main figure in 20th-century music. Many of us are affected by the ethos of his music whether we are aware of it or not. Its confidence, sharpness, clarity, precision, and lack of sentimentality are [...]

Tolkien and Theology

By |2021-06-16T17:30:38-05:00June 15th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christianity, J.R.R. Tolkien, Senior Contributors|

Though C.S. Lewis will always and understandably be identified with popular Christian theology, J.R.R. Tolkien, in a far more private and symbolic manner, promoted Christianity just as deeply and profoundly. Having entered the Roman Catholic Church as a young boy, guided by the conversion of his beloved mother, Tolkien had from his earliest moments embraced [...]

“Cancel Culture” and the Great Men of the West

By |2021-06-14T15:03:40-05:00June 14th, 2021|Categories: Mark Malvasi, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization, Wokeism|

Surely, history abounds with a record of the misdeeds of the “dead white men” of the West: exploitation, war, xenophobia, sexism, racism, and more. But where would we be without them? In religion, science, art, philosophy, and government, they developed original ideas and fashioned unique institutions that they offered as a gift to the rest [...]

Tools: Work Done Right

By |2021-06-14T15:02:14-05:00June 14th, 2021|Categories: Books, History, John Willson, Labor/Work, Timeless Essays|

Tools are a significant part of the permanent things, but they are also relative to time, place, and function. That is, we are tool-using animals, whether it is a flint-edged knife, or the one supposedly developed by Jim Bowie, or the Swiss Army knife. Or to put it another way, we are an ingenious species, [...]

Heart and Mind

By |2021-06-11T15:50:42-05:00June 12th, 2021|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Glenn Arbery, Graduation, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Love, Wyoming Catholic College|

Paying attention to the guidance of the heart is no guarantee of prudent action, as Mark Antony and Cleopatra demonstrate with grand style, but there is something nobler in giving the heart its whole due than in bypassing its counsel and resorting to mere calculation. According to the 17th century mathematician and Catholic apologist Blaise [...]

Empowering the Rapist: Shakespeare Abuse Becomes Sexual Abuse

By |2021-06-04T14:25:03-05:00June 4th, 2021|Categories: Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, William Shakespeare|

Having been forced into retirement by the old-school Puritans, Shakespeare is now being routinely abused by a new generation of puritans who are equally obsessed with censoring the goodness, truth and beauty of his Muse. Once upon a time, it was frowned upon to condone rape and rapists on the stage. Today it seems to [...]

C.S. Lewis as Mere Christian

By |2021-05-31T11:27:17-05:00June 1st, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Senior Contributors|

C.S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity” is a model work in the muddled and subjective world of ideologies, state-led terrorisms, gulags, holocausts, and killing fields. Sprinkled with timeless wisdom and profound insights, it is about fundamental aspects of Christianity and seeks to go beyond denominational differences without creating yet another new denomination. After C.S. Lewis converted to [...]

Walking With Chesterton and Lewis

By |2021-06-01T17:52:29-05:00May 29th, 2021|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Truth|

Why is it that those who like both G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis almost invariably prefer one to the other? This question is best answered with a sweeping generalization: There are two types of people in the world—hikers and walkers. Readers who are hikers prefer Lewis; readers who are walkers prefer Chesterton. There are two [...]

The Imitation of Heroes

By |2021-05-29T05:45:43-05:00May 28th, 2021|Categories: Christopher B. Nelson, Classical Education, Classics, Featured, Liberal Learning, Phaedo, Plato, Socrates, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

The demise of imitation has been devastating for personal growth. It used to be a commonplace that successful people need to have extraordinary “heroes” whom they admire and try to emulate. But the historical disciplines in the twentieth century waged something of a war against the very idea of the hero. Imitation, like so many [...]

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 [...]

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