Homer’s “Odyssey” Is a Gift

By |2021-05-23T00:58:14-05:00May 20th, 2021|Categories: Classics, Essential, Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Odyssey, W. Winston Elliott III|

“Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end, after he plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy.” So begins Homer’s Odyssey. Long ago I launched my ship in pursuit of the true, the good, and [...]

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 [...]

Controlling Student Speech… On and Off Campus

By |2021-05-20T00:24:43-05:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Education, First Amendment, Free Speech, Government, Senior Contributors, Supreme Court, Thomas Ascik|

Will elementary, secondary, and university students, off campus as well as on campus, be forbidden to criticize, for example, critical race theory and the new American history curricula? And will that prohibition be extended to parents? The grandiose and centralized cradle-through-college education plans of Joe Biden and the Democratic party have now been plainly stated. [...]

Car Repair, Self-Interest, & the Benevolent Investor

By |2021-05-19T10:43:50-05:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, Christopher B. Nelson, Happiness, Liberal Learning, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

The figure of the universally benevolent man seems in many circles to have taken a back seat to the stunted, self-centered Economic Man. We ought to ask ourselves: Are we losing a nuanced sense of self-interest rightly understood? I have been reminiscing a lot lately, probably a sign of my age. But I recently came to [...]

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 [...]

Graduation Day: Do You Want to Change the World?

By |2021-05-14T11:03:33-05:00May 14th, 2021|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

Across the nation commencement speakers bid the graduates, “Go forth and change the world” or “make a difference.” But should you want to change the world? Parents and Relatives, Fellow Tutors and Mr. President, Board Members and, above all, Santa Fe Seniors and Graduate Institute students! Some of you will remember that radio-telephone distress signal [...]

Slavery That Was, and Is, and Is to Come

By |2021-05-14T15:24:46-05:00May 13th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Government, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Politics, Senior Contributors|

In one of the great ironies of history, we find socialists and anarchists on the side of the new generation of slave-holders. The workers and wage-slaves of the world are being delivered into the hands of the overlords of the globalist future. These socialists and anarchists, obsessed with the slavery that was, sell us into [...]

Ten Imaginative Conservative Questions

By |2021-05-12T08:56:09-05:00May 12th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Senior Contributors, The Imaginative Conservative, Western Civilization|

When Winston Elliott and I first started talking about what a proper online conservative journal might look like, way back in the spring and summer of 2010, we decided on a few things. Most importantly, we wanted real diversity of opinion, not the parroting of some ideological drudgeries. As such, we wanted all schools of [...]

The Importance of the Ascension

By |2021-04-28T15:57:56-05:00May 12th, 2021|Categories: Books, Christianity, Michael De Sapio, Senior Contributors, Theology|

The theological study, “The Ascension of Christ,” shows us why the ascension is an important and necessary mystery of Christianity: It is the link between Christ’s resurrection and his second coming. It marked a new beginning, opened a new era, and drove the future course of history. The Ascension of Christ: Recovering a Neglected Doctrine, [...]

The Beauty of Christian “Folly”

By |2021-05-09T05:53:09-05:00May 8th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Erasmus, Humor, Michael De Sapio, Senior Contributors|

The Christian worldview can be characterized as fundamentally comic. This is not simply because the Christian “narrative” starts in sin and ends in salvation, reflecting the ancient definition of comedy. The Christian attitude toward the world also makes him receptive toward and perceptive of humor, because he realizes that nothing in the world is ultimately [...]

Cursive and the Brave New World

By |2021-05-08T14:58:34-05:00May 8th, 2021|Categories: Glenn Arbery, Language, Science, Senior Contributors, Space, Writing, Wyoming Catholic College|

Once mastered, cursive enables us to write rapidly without lifting the pen from the paper—a skill that has major advantages over printing. Cursive now stumps many college students today. Whether it can ever make a comeback seems to be an issue. At about 10 o’clock the other night, my wife called me out of my [...]

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 [...]

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