Robert M. Woods

Religion & Culture: Christopher Dawson as Superlative Guide

By |2016-08-03T10:37:11-06:00May 10th, 2013|Categories: Christendom, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Culture, Featured, Religion, Robert M. Woods|

There is a popular series of books entitled, “Eat This, Not That.” The premise of the series is that of all the foods out there, some are healthier for you than others or some are not as unhealthy as others. We can classify this essay as a “Read This, Not That.” With the growing [...]

Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture

By |2016-02-12T15:28:26-06:00April 28th, 2013|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Robert M. Woods|Tags: |

Incarnational Humanism, by Jens Zimerman This work is thoroughly grounded in Christian theology and biblical reflection. At the very heart of Zimmerman's case is the incarnation of Christ. Possibly the most explicit assertion defended throughout the book is “True humanity is the heart of the Gospel and the goal of Christ's redemptive work…” This is [...]

Humans Fully Living…Why I Love Books by James Schall

By |2016-02-12T15:28:28-06:00March 13th, 2013|Categories: Books, Christianity, Fr. James Schall, Robert M. Woods|

On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs: Teaching, Writing, Playing, Believing, Lecturing, Philosophizing, Singing, Dancing by James V. Schall Ever since God commanded His creation to rest, humans have managed to busy themselves to near oblivion. James Schall has long been recognized as one of the great masters of the essay. In his most recent collection [...]

A Few Modest Observations for One Against the Great Books

By |2016-02-12T15:28:28-06:00March 6th, 2013|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Great Books, Robert M. Woods|

A colleague in our Great Books program shared an article with me over the Christmas break, and as I was buried in reading some of the Great Books and a few seasonal works, I was hard pressed to read this article. The article, by Patrick Deneen, was published in First Things and entitled, Against Great Books [...]

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

By |2014-01-04T14:43:34-06:00March 4th, 2013|Categories: Books, Film, Robert M. Woods, TIC Featured Book|

Featured Book: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. For all bibliovores, regardless of age, this book is for you. It is beautiful in form and content, it is good in form and content, and it is true in form and content. Rarely does one find a children’s picture book that so throughly celebrates a bookish [...]

A Christian Humanistic Devotional? Hallowed Be This House

By |2016-02-12T15:28:30-06:00February 10th, 2013|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Robert M. Woods|

As with Erasmus, I affirm that The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A’Kempis is the grandest of devotional reads. The devotional books that litter the bookstores, especially the local Christian bookstore are more shaped by the lowest common denominator of trivial therapeutic drivel, the “cutting edge” madness of the management class, or silly self-help books that [...]

Why Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles Is a Great Book

By |2014-04-27T10:09:06-06:00February 3rd, 2013|Categories: Books, Great Books, Literature, Mortimer Adler, Ray Bradbury, Robert M. Woods|

On numerous occasions, Mortimer Adler wrote about the criteria that were used to determine which books of all the books written in the West would be placed within The Great Books of the Western World.  Contrary to confusion and many misstatements I've read over the years, Adler says it was essentially three criteria and they [...]

A Guide to Reading Ghost Stories with Russell Kirk

By |2014-10-30T09:43:00-06:00January 19th, 2013|Categories: Literature, Moral Imagination, Robert M. Woods, Russell Kirk|

His was no Enlightenment mind, Kirk now became aware; it was a Gothic mind, medieval in its temper and structure.-Russell Kirk, The Sword of Imagination, 68 As J.R.R. Tolkien assisted many with his most informative essay, On Fairy Stories, Russell Kirk provides a short, but helpful primer into the genre of "ghost stories." Now, of course, reading [...]

Humanism and Religion: Renewing Western Culture

By |2016-02-12T15:28:32-06:00January 6th, 2013|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Robert M. Woods|

Humanism and Religion: A Call for the Renewal of Western Culture, by Jens Zimmermann, Oxford University Press, 2012. As a number of books from important thinkers (Etienne Gilson, Jeffrey Burton Russell) have sought to educate open-minded readers to a most enlightened Middle Ages, Zimmermann seeks, in part, to challenge some misinterpretations and terrible damage done [...]

A Picture Book That Calls Us to Books and Living: Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

By |2015-05-18T15:18:58-06:00December 4th, 2012|Categories: Books, Education, Film, Robert M. Woods|

My wife is a librarian and daily interacts with children and books. If I were not a Professor, I cannot think of a more appealing calling. We talk daily about the little ones in her school, books, and the relationship between bookish children and their overall demeanor. A picture book that we recently became aware [...]

Ray Bradbury: A Bright Life That Burned Right

By |2018-09-28T00:31:42-06:00November 2nd, 2012|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Literature, Ray Bradbury, Robert M. Woods|

On all lists of the best science fiction and fantasy writers of the twentieth century, Ray Bradbury is always present, and usually at the top. However, popular acclaim does not always translate into high literary craft. The discerning reader should carefully look at the full body of Bradbury’s writings to determine if all, or [...]

Educating Citizens with Kirk, Kass, and Guinness

By |2016-02-12T15:28:36-06:00October 9th, 2012|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Robert M. Woods, Russell Kirk|

In addition to a desperate need for a revival of the Great Books to bring back some life in the barren world of modern education, the United States of America has been in trouble regarding political and a general civic ignorance. Historian Thomas Cahill once quipped that Rome fell when its people forgot what [...]

Clement of Alexandria: The Virtue of Liberal Learning

By |2014-01-24T20:32:54-06:00September 27th, 2012|Categories: Christianity, Liberal Learning, Philosophy, Robert M. Woods|

Clement calls for his readers to meet Jesus as the “Word” and “Educator” that “forcibly” compels people from the “worldly way of life and educates them to the only true salvation: faith in God.” The Educator is the one “who leads the way” to “improve the soul” not just in knowledge but to guide [...]