Sex, Nonsense, and Shakespeare

By |2021-04-22T10:01:14-05:00April 16th, 2021|Categories: Great Books, Homosexual Unions, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Sexuality, William Shakespeare|

Any attempt to mould Shakespeare into the image of what Evelyn Waugh called “our own deplorable epoch” is ridiculously absurd, and “queer theorists” who seek to do so should not be taken seriously as scholars or critics. If these critics were able to empathise with the past, they would see Shakespeare’s sonnets as they truly [...]

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 [...]

The Anthropological Roots of Modern Identity Politics

By |2021-03-12T12:03:59-06:00March 15th, 2021|Categories: Philosophy, Politics, Sexuality|

Carl R. Trueman, in his book “The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self,” looks at the ideas which lie at the foundation of the drive for self-expression and authenticity, and the concepts which undergird the militant defence of the plethora of sexual and gender identities. The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural [...]

“The Madness of Crowds”: How Identity Politics Has Replaced Religion

By |2021-03-09T14:26:15-06:00March 11th, 2021|Categories: Books, Ideology, Liberalism, Politics, Sexuality|

Into the breach—or onto the deserted ground—has marched a new metaphysics in the form of a new religion. In “The Madness of Crowds,” Douglas Murray explains this “religion” of identity politics. The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity, by Douglas Murray (304 pages, Bloomsbury Continuum, 2021) A better title for this book might have [...]

We No Longer Make Boys Into Men

By |2021-01-24T15:56:26-06:00January 24th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Family, Modernity, Sexuality|

In our time of fatherlessness, underachieving boys, social fraying, and the collapse of marriage, helping boys to become men needs to be done. We owe it to them in justice, or else we will not have healthy families, parishes, neighborhoods, and towns. Many years ago, in an article for Touchstone called, “A Requiem for Friendship,” [...]

So Much for Our “Conservative Court”

By |2020-12-17T16:59:00-06:00December 17th, 2020|Categories: Conservatism, Politics, Sexuality, Supreme Court|

In a victory for transgender rights, the Supreme Court recently rejected a case brought by parents against an Oregon high school that allowed transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice based on the gender with which they identify. The “conservative” justices on the bench have failed to distinguish sexual orientation or gender confusion [...]

The Demolition of the Western Mind

By |2020-09-12T11:55:30-05:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Sexuality|

Our only hope to counter our freefall into nihilism and relativism is a return to reality—not the false reality of the materialists, but the true reality of those who worship the Word. The only way to become real, as Anthony Esolen says in “Sex and the Unreal City,” is to join ourselves “to Christ, who [...]

Dante on Lust

By |2019-09-09T22:56:39-05:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Dante, Great Books, Letters From Dante Series, Louis Markos, Love, Morality, Sexuality, Virtue|

It is both seemly and right to feel love and even erotic passion, but when such feelings are taken to an improper extreme or directed toward an improper object, they grow twisted and perverse and morph into the sin of lust. We will have done significant damage to ourselves. Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, [...]

Deciding When to Let the Market Decide

By |2019-08-14T00:23:29-05:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Culture, David Deavel, Economics, Free Markets, Senior Contributors, Sexuality|

I often cringe a bit when I hear people say, “Let the markets decide.” I’m all for letting the markets decide a lot of things, but with the proviso that in the market I’m a decider. So when companies use their power and their marketing to shut down voices of sanity and to promote unhealthy [...]

Solomon on Sex

By |2019-08-01T14:57:46-05:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Letters From Dante Series, Louis Markos, Love, Marriage, Senior Contributors, Sexuality|

Love is as strong as death and unyielding as the grave. It is not something to be indulged in lightly or casually. The lover and beloved move out of themselves toward the other, making themselves as vulnerable as children. They give all that is in their heart, for they trust that the other will receive [...]

Oscar Wilde: “Gay” Icon or “Homophobe”?

By |2018-11-09T21:09:17-06:00November 9th, 2018|Categories: Homosexual Unions, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Morality, Oscar Wilde, Religion, Senior Contributors, Sexuality|

It is time to whisper the truth that dare not speak its name. In short, it’s time to face the real facts about Oscar Wilde and his real views on homosexuality… It was with a queer sense of déjà vu that I heard the news that a “temple” in homage to Oscar Wilde has been [...]

What Classical Education Tells Us About Sex Education

By |2019-06-17T17:12:59-05:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Education, Great Books, Sexuality|

Our morally bankrupt culture sees sex as no more important, complex, or harmless than the ABCs. But it is unwise to teach the young that which is both beyond their understanding and harmful to their developing character. What American families need are educators who understand the true purpose of their craft and who possess a [...]

The “Me Too” Movement: What Would Plato Say?

By |2021-04-29T16:24:05-05:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Culture, Plato, Politics, Sexuality, Virtue|

Sexual misconduct is usually characterized as some kind of “power grab,” typically carried out by ruthless men seeking to prey upon the vulnerability of a woman. Yet Plato suggests that disordered sexual desire is a problem of the democratic soul. Speaking about British actress Kadian Noble’s lawsuit filed against Harvey Weinstein on the grounds of [...]

The Mister Rogers-ification of Christianity

By |2018-04-17T23:26:45-05:00April 17th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Sexuality, Television|

I would not dream of condemning Mister Rogers for keeping overt religious references out of his broadcasts in order to reach the widest possible audience and provide a valuable public service with his message of love. What I do condemn is the idea that Christian faith does not deserve representation unless first watered down to [...]

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