Can We Live Without Enchantment?

By |2021-05-11T15:23:43-05:00May 10th, 2021|Categories: Modernity, Mystery, Philosophy, Science, St. John's College, Truth, Wilfred McClay|

Is the presumptuous mapping of all material reality a boon to humankind, or will it prove a curse? Might an acknowledgment of mystery as a steady and enduring feature of our condition be key to our mental and moral health, and our sense of our own freedom? This essay was co-authored with Donald A. Yerxa.* [...]

Anatomizing Our Schizophrenia

By |2021-04-22T09:29:28-05:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Culture, Philosophy, Reason, Truth|

Slogans gain resonance more quickly and widely than ever before, so that we are governed by bumper-sticker thinking, and entertainment becomes the supra-ideology of all discourse. In favor of a new inauthentic ‘reality’, we bid farewell to a culture, including its history, and devolve into a state of double vision that extends to cultural, social, [...]

Ecumenical Truth Versus the Falsehoods of Ecumenism

By |2021-02-06T08:23:48-06:00February 6th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Joseph Pearce, Language, Religion, Senior Contributors, Theology, Truth|

The authentic definition of “ecumenical” has nothing to do with the modern understanding of “ecumenism,” which appears to be the willingness to dilute or delete doctrine in pursuit of a perceived unity among disparate groups of believers. Being ecumenical is being evangelical, whereas the new-fangled word ecumenism is the failure to evangelize. It is important [...]

Samuel Johnson: A Guide for the Perplexed Undergraduate

By |2021-01-14T09:24:27-06:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Education, Truth|

Samuel Johnson unfolds his thoughts not on dry philosophical subjects but on practical themes: the common virtues needful in everyday living and learning and behaving. His words are both honorable and useful, and he is a valuable companion on the undergraduate journey. The following is an advising memorandum addressed to undergraduate students. Perplexed and undecided: the [...]

The Past as Battlefield: The Power of Historiography

By |2021-01-04T16:20:03-06:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Culture, History, Politics, Timeless Essays, Truth, Western Civilization|

Historiography is not an exchange in the marketplace but a fight on the battlefield.  It has a particular point of view on the past and punishes opponents; it is power politics masked as tolerant neutrality. The Left—like those behind the 1619 Project—understand the stakes and are fighting to maintain their legitimacy.  It is time the Right [...]

Schools Are Not Tools

By |2020-12-10T12:46:34-06:00December 13th, 2020|Categories: Education, Ideology, Politics, Truth|

Radicals believe schools are instruments of power, but such schooling is false and a corruption of the thing itself. Radical schools are not bad schools; they are ideological shams pretending to be schools. Genuine schooling is oriented toward truth and cultivates wisdom and virtue. According to Russell Kirk, “to the radical—communist, or fascist, or socialist, [...]

The Ongoing War Against Christianity

By |2020-11-07T10:51:30-06:00November 3rd, 2020|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Evil, Truth, War|

In America today, the bewildering “what I want” faction topples statues, rewrites history, decolonizes curricula, detaches identities from ontological realities, indoctrinates our youth, and tries to impose its utopian totalitarianism. What we see unfolding in the world and in our country is war. It is the war that began for us when a woman listened [...]

Pilate’s Landslide

By |2020-10-31T09:57:50-05:00October 31st, 2020|Categories: Donald Trump, Glenn Arbery, Journalism, Politics, Presidency, Senior Contributors, Truth, Wyoming Catholic College|

Editorializing in news stories, once verboten, has now become de rigueur. Journalism, never perfect at any moment of its history, but full of aspiration to be objective and balanced, has now conceded entirely to Nietzsche’s critique of empiricism: “There are no facts, only interpretations.” Many years ago, in an earlier contentious era of American politics, [...]

Wanted: More University Presidents Like Morton Schapiro

By |2020-10-26T15:57:43-05:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: David Deavel, Education, Justice, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, Truth|

Other university presidents, provosts, and deans need to support and emulate President Morton Schapiro of Northwestern University. If they can find the courage to support somebody else standing up against the mob, they might find that they have the courage to stand up to their own mobs and discover that when there is no pursuit [...]

We’re All Muckrakers Now

By |2020-10-20T16:37:31-05:00October 20th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Information Age, Journalism, Modernity, Politics, Technology, Teddy Roosevelt, Truth|

Today, Theodore Roosevelt prompts us to ask the same question he raised over a century ago in his speech “The Man with the Muck-Rake”: How do we devote our attention to society’s problems without allowing them to devour us? Our survival in the Information Age hinges upon on our ability to address this problem. In [...]

Armenian Genocide and Bernard Lewis

By |2020-10-13T12:57:59-05:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Death, Europe, Middle East, Truth|

The present bombing of Armenia and Artsakh is meant to fulfill the Young Turk dream of building an Empire. That dream is alive and well in Turkey’s government today. By honoring and listening to historian Bernard Lewis, we have become accomplices of that dream, that nightmare. It is time to wake up and hold fast [...]

Can Art Be Destructive?

By |2020-09-28T19:37:23-05:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: Art, Beauty, Culture, Michael De Sapio, Senior Contributors, Truth|

To maintain sanity and perspective, we must recognize that beauty is a transcendent ideal in which art imperfectly participates, and thus hold beauty above art. The wrong turn is due to a conflation of beauty with art and the related tendency to see art as an end in itself. As conservatives we often undertake to [...]

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