Sir Francis Walsingham: Bring Me the Head of Maria Stuarda

By |2014-02-19T17:29:33-06:00February 19th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, History|Tags: , |

Sir Francis Walsingham The thought of a new book, from a proverbially establishmentarian imprint, on Elizabeth I’s spymaster is not one that immediately gladdens the heart. Anyone who has actually been expected to spend time in modern England – rather than simply viewing it through a Downton-Abbey-generated haze – knows perfectly well [...]

Two Noble Ends of an Authentic Education

By |2019-09-24T11:15:54-05:00January 29th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Classics, Education, Socrates, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Western Tradition|Tags: |

The Oracle of Delphi foretold countless fortunes, futures, prophecies, and mysteries over many centuries and is the same ancient fount of wisdom who declared Socrates to be the wisest man in the world. A great sign above the entrance to the Temple at Delphi exhorts all who enter her sacred halls to “know thyself,” for [...]

Hesiod’s “Works and Days”

By |2019-10-16T15:48:45-05:00January 19th, 2014|Categories: Books, Classics, Greek Epic Poetry, Labor/Work, Poetry, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|Tags: |

The centuries ebb and flow on a cosmic tide between faithfulness and depravity as men commit their lives to a seemingly infinite range of virtuous and vicious acts. Though man tears himself away from the face of God in pursuit of idols, God never abandons His creation. The glorious age of the Ancient Greek pagans [...]

A School Without Screens

By |2015-05-27T13:22:38-05:00December 6th, 2013|Categories: Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Technology|Tags: , |

There is a growing consensus among human beings that the effects of our developing technology are not conducive to human development. Popular technology, despite its claim to interact and connect, breeds isolation. It causes people, especially young people, to stray into an introverted withdrawal from others and the world. As such, these results are antithetical [...]

A Noble Imagination: Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley Novels

By |2013-12-03T16:43:51-06:00December 3rd, 2013|Categories: Books|Tags: |

If you would wish for your children to garner a love and fascination for the good things of God’s Creation, if you would have them embrace adventure, cherish what is noble, honor the poor, and attain to a sincere civility and gentleness, let them read from the works of Sir Walter Scott. Born in 1771 [...]

Common Core’s Substandard Writing Standards

By |2016-07-26T15:21:20-05:00November 21st, 2013|Categories: Anthony Esolen, Christianity, Common Core Curriculum, Education, Featured, History, Literature|Tags: |

I’ve donned my boots and leggings, and done what I had no desire to do. I am examining, with tedious scrutiny, the so-called Common Core Curriculum for literature and English, a new’n’improved set of standards for reading and writing in our schools from kindergarten to twelfth grade. I have read the essays, written by students, [...]

Conservatism: Its Meaning and Prospects

By |2016-08-03T10:37:00-05:00November 17th, 2013|Categories: Christendom, Conservatism, Liberalism|Tags: , |

Conservatism at bottom is resistance to the technocratic project, the modern attempt to turn the social world into a sort of universal machine for the maximum satisfaction of preferences. That project has been growing up for a long time. It comes out of an understanding of knowledge and the world with its roots in the [...]

A Requiem for Manners

By |2020-02-17T23:56:30-06:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Culture, Stephen M. Klugewicz|Tags: , |

Today the idea that the cultivation of manners should be an essential part of one’s education has been nearly lost entirely. Proof of the demise of manners is all around us, and thus one of the main pillars of civilization is crumbling before us. On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee met General [...]

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

By |2013-12-16T21:56:01-06:00October 9th, 2013|Categories: Art, Books, Literature|Tags: |

On June 5, 1832, a young Victor Hugo unwittingly found himself in the crossfire between young revolutionary republicans and the French National Guard. He took shelter in a doorway and escaped unharmed but the experience must have made a lasting impression upon him. Thirty years later Hugo used the small and predictably brief uprising [...]

On Australia’s New Prime Minister: Tony Abbott

By |2016-02-12T15:28:18-06:00September 28th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Government, Politics, Tracey Rowland|Tags: |

In the last fortnight the Australian people elected a new government under the leadership of Tony Abbott, a pro-family Catholic and constitutional monarchist. He has a wife called Margaret and daughters Louise, Bridget and Frances. Abbott was educated at St. Ignatius College, Riverview, the University of Sydney and Oxford University. Riverview is the most prestigious [...]

Beware of Sophistical Education “Reformers”

By |2014-01-09T14:52:23-06:00September 20th, 2013|Categories: Education, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|Tags: |

The philosopher Josef Pieper wrote a short book called Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power and in it he examines the misuse of language and the corruption of the word for the purpose of manipulation and personal gain. He focuses on “Plato’s lifelong battle with the sophists, those highly paid and popularly applauded experts [...]

Scientific Paradigms and Public Education

By |2014-03-11T16:04:27-05:00August 30th, 2013|Categories: Science, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|Tags: |

In 1962, historian of science Thomas S. Kuhn shocked the academic world with his book The Structures of Scientific Revolution. He asserted that scientific communities are closed-minded and promote convergent thinking as a function of dogma in scientific work. The jolt is that science is popularly thought of as promoting divergent thinking and open-minded inquiry. Kuhn [...]

Hookup Culture: Two Views

By |2014-03-11T16:07:08-05:00August 14th, 2013|Categories: Culture, Sexuality|Tags: |

The Kiss by Auguste Rodin by Rachel Lu and Regis Martin Rachel Lu: When Adults Encourage Self-Destructive Behavior in the Young Sex has consequences. I realize that admitting this probably marks me as some sort of misogynist, but somehow I can’t help myself. For one thing, I have it on good authority that even [...]

Gates’ Big History Project Closes Young Minds to God

By |2014-03-11T13:40:22-05:00August 4th, 2013|Categories: History, Science|Tags: |

There seems to be no limit to the ambition of Bill Gates. After making tens of billions in the personal computer revolution, Gates has become a full-time cheerleader for leftist causes on a global scale—whether it’s reducing carbon emissions to zero by mid-century or reducing the world population by spending billions to pay for contraceptives [...]