Desert Father in the City of Rome: Saint Philip Neri

By |2021-05-25T11:05:55-05:00May 25th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, David Deavel, Rome, Sainthood, Senior Contributors|

May 26 is the feast day of Philip Neri, known as the Second Apostle of Rome—after Peter himself—and the prophet of joy, a man who was marked by his love of the desert fathers. Philip’s approach to holiness was that all were called to it, including those in the world doing worldly and even intellectual [...]

Evelyn Waugh on Style & Substance in Writing

By |2021-05-06T16:07:32-05:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: David Deavel, Evelyn Waugh, Literature, Senior Contributors, Writing|

Evelyn Waugh understands that if a writer is to develop, he “must concern himself more and more with Style.” By approaching words with the attention and craft of a tailor, the literary artist not only communicates but also gives pleasure to others. “What do you think you’re doing?” It’s a question I occasionally get from [...]

The Monster and the Christians

By |2021-04-28T12:54:56-05:00April 27th, 2021|Categories: Beowulf, Christianity, David Deavel, Easter, Literature, Myth, Senior Contributors|

Like Beowulf, we can fight the dragons in our lives with joy and hope, for the Great Dragon had his death blow on the original D-Day when a man walked out of a tomb two thousand years ago. The Lutheran theologian Oscar Cullman famously compared the death and resurrection of Christ to D-Day. After the [...]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Journalism

By |2021-04-22T09:18:31-05:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: David Deavel, Media, Senior Contributors|

What accounts for the dip in the American people's trust in the media? Perhaps it is because our media "watchdogs" have proven over and over again that they answer to one political master: the Democratic party. Though it’s commonly ascribed to the viciousness of Ye Olde Orange Manne Badde, the state of public (lack of) [...]

Ideological Neo-Colonialism In The 21st Century

By |2021-04-22T10:02:48-05:00April 15th, 2021|Categories: Books, Civilization, David Deavel, Politics, Senior Contributors, Sexuality|

Obianuju Ekeocha’s “Target Africa” exposes the imposition of destructive, elite American values on Africans by our government, our educational institutions, and our foundations. These “neo-colonialists” treat Africans as children by handing down to them decisions about how to live—decisions that have failed spectacularly in the Western world itself. Target Africa: Ideological Neo-Colonialism In The Twenty-First [...]

To Be, and Especially Not to Be, a Libertarian

By |2021-04-07T19:41:17-05:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: David Deavel, Libertarianism, Libertarians, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Russell Kirk’s prescription of having no major alliances between conservatives and libertarians is wise. Conservatives may stand with libertarians against tyranny and for sensible free market policies, but in the end, I think even accepting the term libertarian is unwise. Should you be a libertarian? The answer, as with every term, depends on how you [...]

A Mother’s Tale: Hilda van Stockum’s “The Winged Watchman”

By |2021-03-25T12:03:45-05:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Books, Catholicism, David Deavel, Fiction, Senior Contributors, World War II|

The sharp focus on Mrs. Verhagen gives “The Winged Watchman,” Hilda van Stockum’s novel about a Dutch family during World War II, such power. The close-up tasks of the women are just as heroic as the tasks of the men who often fought to protect their loved ones. Who knew a great war story would [...]

Choosing What We Really Want

By |2021-03-17T14:33:52-05:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, David Deavel, Family, Senior Contributors|

The pursuit of women’s equality and happiness is often assumed to be closely tied to choosing work. But would it really be so bad if many mothers—who have the financial means—decide to work part-time or stay home with their children full-time once the COVID restrictions are lifted? One of the details of George Weigel’s biography [...]

The Strange Gospel of Masking and Public Policy

By |2021-03-09T15:54:46-06:00March 9th, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, David Deavel, Politics, Science, Senior Contributors|

The lesson of the great masking crusade is important. We need to admit now that forcing unproven, divisive, and ultimately fruitless policies on the population has been a mistake. Universal mask mandates have not made a difference in fighting COVID. Rather, they have divided our country, provided a surplus of garbage, and caused some dental [...]

Standing Athwart or Pulling the Plug at ‘National Review’?

By |2021-03-11T08:00:00-06:00February 28th, 2021|Categories: Conservatism, David Deavel, Politics, Senior Contributors|

‘National Review’ seems collectively incapable of seeing that it is no longer standing athwart history but is instead mostly athwart rank-and-file conservatives. NR is more liberal echo than conservative choice these days, and I don’t see any sign of recovery. William F. Buckley “Every young writer, I imagine,” wrote Ross Douthat, “has their [...]

The World, the Flesh, and Cry Baby Craig

By |2021-02-13T10:01:07-06:00February 16th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, David Deavel, Lent, Senior Contributors|

The lack of any serious communal ascetical practices during Lent and throughout the year is one of the defining weaknesses of modern Christians. What the Catholic Church and various Protestants need is a return to real fasting that is accompanied by both almsgiving and attention to prayer. What are you giving up for Lent? This [...]

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