Thanatos Syndrome: Life and Death Matters

By |2016-07-26T15:28:42-05:00July 29th, 2013|Categories: Books, Christianity, Gregory Wolfe, Walker Percy|Tags: , , |

Review of The Thanatos Syndrome, by Walker Percy. In spite of his six widely read novels, his two works of nonfiction (with their original contributions to the study of language and the human psyche), and his two national literary awards, Walker Percy remains a figure on the fringes of the American literary establishment. When he [...]

Flannery O’Connor: Mystery & Metaphor

By |2019-07-23T15:04:03-05:00March 25th, 2013|Categories: Books, Christianity, Featured, Flannery O'Connor, Gregory Wolfe, Literature, South|Tags: , , |

Flannery O’Connor Flannery O’Connor and the Language of Apocalypse, by Edward Kessler. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986. The Correspondence of Flannery O’Connor and the Brainard Cheneys, edited by C. Ralph Stephens. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1986. A recent review in the New York Times employed the phrase, the Flannery O’Connor industry,” in [...]

Conservatism and the Therapeutic Society

By |2016-02-12T15:28:36-06:00October 4th, 2012|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Culture, Gregory Wolfe, Ideology, Religion|Tags: , |

Conservatives active in the business of influencing public policy have been giving increasing attention in recent years to the idea that politics is ultimately an epiphenomenon of culture. What these activists have recognized is that political mobilization and efficiently produced position papers by themselves will not effect lasting change in the way we are governed. [...]

Beauty Won’t Save the World Alone

By |2016-07-17T10:01:29-05:00September 30th, 2012|Categories: Beauty, Books, Christianity, Communio, Featured, Gregory Wolfe, Stratford Caldecott|Tags: |

The title of Gregory Wolfe’s excellent collection of essays, Beauty Will Save the World, is based on a much-quoted line from Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. In its context it appears only in indirect speech, being attributed by one of the other characters to the “Idiot” of the title, Prince Myshkin. Thus in its original context its [...]

Beauty Will Save the World

By |2016-06-14T09:42:59-05:00July 21st, 2012|Categories: Art, Beauty, Christianity, Conservatism, Gregory Wolfe|Tags: , |

Toward the end of my undergraduate days, I came across a passage in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Nobel Lecture which I found startling and even a bit disturbing. Solzhenitsyn begins his address on the nature and role of literature with a brief, enigmatic quotation from Dostoevsky: “Beauty will save the world.” Solzhenitsyn confesses that the phrase had [...]

Beauty Will Save the World-A Recommendation

By |2017-07-18T14:47:09-05:00June 2nd, 2011|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Gregory Wolfe, W. Winston Elliott III|Tags: |

An excerpt from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Nobel lecture found in Beauty Will Save the World  (by Gregory Wolfe): Dostoevsky once enigmatically let drop the phrase: “Beauty will save the world.” What does this mean? For a long time I thought it merely a phrase. Was such a thing possible? When in our bloodthirsty history did beauty [...]

A Guide to the Thought of Eric Voegelin

By |2017-06-26T16:39:13-05:00February 23rd, 2011|Categories: Eric Voegelin, Gregory Wolfe, Politics|Tags: , |

Eric Voegelin’s Search For Order In History, edited by Stephen A. McKnight. In the spring of 1953, Time magazine published a long review-essay entitled “Journalism and Joachim’s Children.” The book reviewed was The New Science of Politics, written by an Austrian émigré scholar named Eric Voegelin. Voegelin, the essay claimed, had made a significant breakthrough [...]

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