Tolkien, Lewis, and the Need for Literary Realism

By |2019-04-06T22:40:38-05:00April 6th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Fiction, Glenn Arbery, Literature, Senior Contributors, Wisdom, Wyoming Catholic College|

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis tempt us to escape to a self-evidently numinous world rather than to seek out the texture of wonder in this one. What we need is an unsparing literary realism—literature without recourse to fantasy, literature in which talking trees do not come to the rescue. It’s quiet at Wyoming Catholic [...]

I Call You Friends

By |2019-03-21T15:08:02-05:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: Friendship, Glenn Arbery, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

What exactly is friendship? It’s a crucial question, one of the most important any of us will ever face—personally, politically, or theologically. But when do we ever, as adults, get a chance to think such a question through, especially in a context that allows friendship to blossom? In the ancient world, friendship was a high [...]

Up From Entitlement

By |2019-03-16T23:33:37-05:00March 16th, 2019|Categories: Christian Living, Christianity, Glenn Arbery, Wisdom, Wyoming Catholic College|

Lent is an extended occasion for us to re-examine characteristic and mostly unconscious feelings of “entitlement,” that buzzword of our day... Lent is once again upon us—and not a moment too soon. When Ash Wednesday comes, even mild fasting and abstinence wake us up and reveal all kinds of things we have taken for granted. [...]

Killing Socrates: The Death of a Great Books Program

By |2019-03-09T09:22:14-05:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Culture, Education, Great Books, Humanities, John Senior, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Wyoming Catholic College|

Few people know that in the early 1970s a “great books” program, founded by John Senior and two other professors, flourished at a large state university in the midwest. Even fewer know of its slow demise. Editor’s Note: Robert Carlson was a student and friend of John Senior, one of three founders of the [...]

Remembering To Be

By |2019-02-25T10:40:37-05:00February 24th, 2019|Categories: Charles Dickens, Education, Glenn Arbery, Liberal Learning, Literature, Timeless Essays, Wyoming Catholic College|

“Forgetfulness of being”—perhaps we could also call it “forgetfulness of givenness”—underlies most of the problems that we face. To forget being means to forget how astonishing it is that anything exists at all... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Glenn Arbery, as he ponders the wonder of [...]

Horizons of Wonder

By |2019-01-26T22:53:05-05:00January 26th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Christian Living, Glenn Arbery, History, Hope, Senior Contributors, Wisdom, Wyoming Catholic College|

All through the 1960s, my generation had been riveted by the space race started by President Kennedy. But what the astronauts accomplished on Christmas Eve of 1968 left us awestruck, and I remember it not as a moment of victory in the space race, but as an opening of religious wonder on that Christmas [...]

Why Read Old (Pagan) Books?

By |2018-12-30T11:08:24-05:00December 30th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Classics, Great Books, Humanities, Liberal Learning, Timeless Essays, Wyoming Catholic College|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Jason Baxter, as he considers why Christians should read the works of the pagans. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher At the end of each semester, I inevitably have one or two well-meaning students who are still unsure why they were asked [...]

An Education to Restore Wonder

By |2018-12-29T23:07:55-05:00December 29th, 2018|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Classics, Education, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Wyoming Catholic College|

We’ve reached a time when fewer and fewer on the outside know what the liberal arts are, or the value of them to the individual person, an organization, and the marketplace of ideas. In an age when people are so focused on science and technology via “STEM” subjects, we’ve lost our sense of wonder… [...]

Liberty and Liberal Education

By |2018-12-26T15:36:02-05:00December 25th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Classical Education, Education, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Western Tradition, Wyoming Catholic College|

Free citizens are necessarily invited to follow the Delphic injunction, “know thyself,” that is addressed to all mankind; and their success or failure in responding to this invitation is crucial for the preservation or loss of their liberty… Liberal education is the distinctive educational tradition of the West; so, too, is liberty our distinctive political tradition. [...]

Pull Down Thy Vanity

By |2018-12-22T00:50:21-05:00December 21st, 2018|Categories: Advent, Character, Christian Living, Christianity, Conservatism, Glenn Arbery, Senior Contributors, Virtue, Wyoming Catholic College|

There is something essentially comic about vanity. I ran into the phenomenon recently at the local fitness center where I have a membership. Everyone, I suspect, has seen the type: he lifts weights, often with a lot of noise, and he scorns machines like the treadmill or the elliptical trainer, much less — are [...]

We Will Give Thanks

By |2018-11-21T19:44:10-05:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Glenn Arbery, Thanksgiving, Wyoming Catholic College|

For most of us, Thanksgiving gives rise to some of the best memories of childhood, perhaps because the day is not complicated by the dramatic rituals and more profound emotions of other holidays. For my family in Georgia and South Carolina, Thanksgiving was the occasion when all my aunts and uncles and all my cousins [...]

Liberal Education, the Wasting of Time, & Human Happiness

By |2018-11-16T21:34:48-05:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Happiness, Leisure, Liberal Arts, Time, Wyoming Catholic College|

Human beings are not simply producers; they are also lovers of beauty and contemplators of truth. They are wasters of time. The liberally educated person has a rich inner life that allows him or her to waste time well... As an undergraduate, I went for walks in rural Michigan. Sometimes alone, sometimes with others. Romantic [...]

Civility and Noblesse Oblige

By |2018-11-13T14:08:15-05:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Character, Charity, Christian Living, Glenn Arbery, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

Noblesse oblige is more than merely being civil. In a Christian context, it treats those less talented or less fortunate without a show of superiority because it recognizes that they, too, are made in the image and likeness of God… What it means to be “civil” has undergone severe scrutiny lately. Hillary Clinton, for [...]

A Popular Defense of Our Undemocratic Constitution

By |2019-04-02T15:24:09-05:00October 28th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Democracy, Electoral College, Federalism, Federalist Papers, Wyoming Catholic College|

If we consider the Founders’ arguments for the Constitution, we find not only that they intended it to be undemocratic, but that they would defend even its most undemocratic elements on “popular” grounds. What might appear to the partisans of democracy today as outdated roadblocks to efficient government are for the Founders politically salutary forms [...]