Truth

Eva Brann, National Treasure

By |2019-01-21T23:57:08-05:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Eva Brann, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Liberal Learning, Truth, Wisdom|

In a moment when the forces of ideology seem to threaten to overwhelm the voice of sanity and civility, Eva Brann’s imaginative conservatism offers another way—a way rooted in, as she has put it, “talking, reading, writing, listening”… Editor’s Note: This essay is part of a series dedicated to Senior Contributor Dr. Eva Brann of St. [...]

“The God in the Cave”

By |2018-12-21T02:55:29-05:00December 24th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Christmas, Existence of God, G.K. Chesterton, Myth, Philosophy, Religion, Truth|

This sketch of the human story began in a cave; the cave which popular science associates with the cave-man and in which practical discovery has really found archaic drawings of animals. The second half of human history, which was like a new creation of the world, also begins in a cave. There is even a [...]

Myth, Satire, and Lucian’s “True History”

By |2019-06-13T11:51:30-05:00December 12th, 2018|Categories: Books, Education, Great Books, History, Humanities, Literature, Myth, Truth|

For the ancient myth-maker, there is something at the heart of all of human events that is worth preserving, something marvelous and worthy of renown, even if the account is not entirely true to life… The second-century satirist, Lucian of Samosata, makes the following inflammatory statement in his True History: [Historical accounts] are intended to [...]

Leo Strauss vs. Edmund Burke

By |2019-07-30T15:56:42-05:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Books, Edmund Burke, History, Leo Strauss, Nature, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Reason, Truth|

What ought to take primacy when carrying out research and interpreting seminal books: the text itself, or the context? A known critic of historicism and contextualism, Leo Strauss published his seminal essay, ‘What is Political Philosophy?’ in 1957 in the Journal of Politics and introduced a problem with the field: Modern academic obsessions over [...]

Grammar, Speech, Rhetoric & the Fate of Humanity

By |2019-08-15T14:31:44-05:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Language, Philosophy, Time, Truth|

Could a fifty-year-old, small book on grammar, speech, and rhetoric by a nearly-forgotten thinker have the power to revolutionize and re-awaken our decadent intellectual life? Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (1888-1973) might not recognize, in 2018, the America to which he came in 1933, seeking refuge from a Germany that had just elected [...]

Poetry and Scripture: Finding Truth Through Beauty

By |2018-09-22T22:50:18-05:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Christianity, Poetry, Truth|

Analytic philosophy is limited in its scope regarding the knowledge of God. Richard Swinburne, a British contemporary philosopher influential for his arguments for the existence of God, admits the limitations of his field in his lecture, “What We Cannot Know about God.”[1] For example, we say that God is a Person, but we are unable [...]

Truth as a Democratic Project

By |2019-04-25T13:09:50-05:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Democracy, Fr. James Schall, Freedom, Government, Liberty, Philosophy, Reason, Relativism, Truth|

To save democracy from subjectivism, truth must become a democratic project. The greatest of crimes can be enacted in the name of sincerity, authenticity, and “being at peace with oneself.” Each of these criteria looks to one’s own estimate of oneself… During the Presidential Campaign of 1996, in California, President Bill Clinton said that [...]

Serving the Good, the True, and the Beautiful

By |2019-04-25T11:22:53-05:00September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Education, Joseph Pearce, Liberal Learning, Truth, Wyoming Catholic College|

A true, life-giving education is an education that recognizes and embraces a world filled with goodness, truth, and beauty. It is also an education that requires virtue from those who undertake it... Editor's Note: The following is an abridged version of the commencement address that Joseph Pearce gave this summer to the graduating class of [...]

Other People’s Truths

By |2019-04-25T12:20:02-05:00August 6th, 2018|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Great Books, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Literature, St. John's College, Truth|

One of our most remarkable capabilities is our power of at once being and not being in a certain condition. It gives us a way to do justice both to self-avowed fictions and to other people’s truths... Our country’s three major religions, in order of their entry into time, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, are scriptural. To adhere to [...]

C.S. Lewis & The Abolition of “Progress”

By |2019-04-18T12:24:00-05:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Bradley Birzer's Abolition of Man Series, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Ideology, Truth|

C.S. Lewis believed that immutable and timeless universal principles governed all persons throughout time and space. Though these principles would find manifestations particular to era, culture, and individual, the rules remained eternal. Additionally, these natural laws would always and everywhere be “self-evident.” Men might choose to ignore, distort, or mock them, but they could [...]

“The Abolition of Man” at Age Seventy-Five

By |2018-08-07T10:07:40-05:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Bradley Birzer's Abolition of Man Series, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Reason, Truth, Virtue|

In the modern world, C.S. Lewis argues in The Abolition of Man, we have trained the head and encouraged the heart, while neglecting the soul, the most important part of the person. As Lewis so scathingly puts it, we are producing men without chests... No one could rightly accuse C.S. Lewis, who was raised as [...]

“Fact or Opinion?”: A False Dichotomy

By |2019-05-16T13:39:08-05:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Education, Philosophy, Truth|

A result of the fact-or-opinion training is that two categories are created in the mind of the student: things that are true, and things that are neither true nor false. Essentially, the fact-or-opinion curriculum is first-rate training for thinking relativistically… “That’s just your opinion.” My students and my children have given vent to this [...]

Sacred Truths in a Profane World

By |2019-05-30T11:27:31-05:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Homosexual Unions, Islam, Marriage, Religion, Roger Scruton, Truth|

One after another, the sacred spaces that our customs have protected are invaded and spoiled. That which has been assumed to be unquestionable, indeed protected from the questions that might profane it, is for that very reason subjected to question... In America and across Europe, the business of government has been detached from religious faith. This [...]