By Razor or Fire: Should the Church “Baptize” Stoicism?

By |2020-06-06T19:30:06-05:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Christian Living, Christianity, Philosophy, Rome, Stoicism|

O think me worth thine anger, punish me, Burn off my rusts, and my deformity, Restore thine image, so much, by thy grace, That thou mayst know me, and I’ll turn my face. –John Donne, from “Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward” What is the Christian to do when faced with secular thought that speaks truth [...]

Spinoza & the Stoics on Suicide

By |2016-07-01T17:41:04-05:00July 1st, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Death, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, Stoicism|

Euthanasia and physician-assisted death is a topic much in the news these days. After the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent ruling, the Canadian government is busy with legislation overseeing such practices. Perhaps the viewpoint of an ancient school of philosophical thought, Stoicism, may aid contemporary reflections on the matter of physician-assisted suicide, especially since such [...]

Marcus Aurelius & the Dying Wisdom of the Gladiator

By |2020-03-06T11:12:32-06:00March 8th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Death, Featured, Film, History, Stoicism, Wisdom|

The film “Gladiator” imparts a feeling of what living according to Stoic virtue might be. One of the best Stoic lines of dialogue in the film is given to Maximus, who says: “I knew a man who once said, ‘Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.’” In Ridley Scott’s [...]

Irving Babbitt and the Buddha

By |2014-10-23T08:31:06-05:00October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Irving Babbitt, Stoicism, Western Civilization|

One of western civilization’s greatest defenders in the twentieth century, Harvard University’s Irving Babbitt, founder of the New Humanism, best friend to Paul Elmer More, and the teacher of T.S. Eliot, considered it vital to read and comprehend the greats of non-western culture as well. Indeed, against Jean Jacques Rousseau, Babbitt embraced the inherent Stoic [...]

Lord Percy’s The Heresy of Democracy

By |2019-09-05T13:36:21-05:00December 17th, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christendom, Conservatism, Democracy, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Russell Kirk, Stoicism|

A review of Lord Percy of Newcastle’s, The Heresy of Democracy: A Study in the History of Government (London, 1954). In 1957, Kirk published a list of “must-read” books to understand modern (meaning, as it had developed or been rediscovered in the 1950s) conservatism. His list would not surprise most readers of The Imaginative Conservative, [...]

Stoicism and the Logos

By |2018-10-11T16:28:58-05:00October 20th, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Classical Education, Classical Learning, Stoicism|Tags: |

And the end and the beginning were always there Before the beginning and after the end. And all is always now. Words strain, Crack and sometimes break, under the burden, Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place, Will not stay still. Shrieking voices Scolding, mocking, or merely chattering, [...]

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