Books

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Until you can tell Junior, “I’m not your friend, I’m your father,” you’ll always be a lightweight. Now, some guys like to keep it that way; they like to keep it light. It keeps them from having to...
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One of the typical phenomena of the twentieth century is the event of spiritually energetic people breaking out of the dominant intellectual group in order to find the reality that has been lost.–Eric Voeglin In the introduction to...
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Artist and writer Frank Miller serves as perhaps the best example of what modern popular culture has to offer. This is not faint praise, as popular culture has offered much...
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In the summer of 1998, while on my ten-day honeymoon in Idaho, I found a tattered red paperback book in a used bookstore. Amazingly enough, Idaho had a lot of bookstores then, and I remember perusing many of...
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Peter J. Stanlis contends that Robert Frost’s dualistic, “unsystematic philosophical view of reality” is the “foremost single element that scholars and literary critics need to consider in any study of his life and thought, including the themes...
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Too many pundits, politicians, and priests nowadays treat war as a relic of a barbaric past. President Obama speaks for many when he denounces ISIS and other terrorist groups by invoking the date on the calendar....
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A Review of C. Stephen Evans, Kierkegaard on Faith and the Self: Collected Essays, Baylor University Press, 2006. We moderns might be forgiven for being just a bit confused, anxious, and even a little depressed....
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In the late 1920s, a very young Tom Burns and an only slightly older Christopher Dawson founded one of the most interesting journals of the decade, Order. Though it lasted only four issues, it was the...
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It is notoriously difficult to prove a negative, to catch, as it were, non-being by the tail, but perhaps even harder just to get it in your sights: “Is there any point to which you would wish to...
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I told my wife the other day that blogging these last few cantos of Paradiso feels like trying to scale the sheer summit of a mountain. This is hard stuff! But, we press on. I’m dedicated to finishing blogging Inferno...
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Throw together an English Roman Catholic terrorist from 1605, a 1930s noir atmosphere, a damsel who is only somewhat in distress, a government that makes Ingsoc look humane, some psychedelics, some fortuitous but random evangelical proof...
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The life dedicated to intellectual pursuits is commonly understood as rarefied and prohibitively esoteric—a life suited to the few rather than the many. Often referred to as the contemplative life, it is associated with...
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This is a remarkable, indeed a staggering book. Each of the four sections, on G. K. Chesterton, Graham Greene, Christopher Dawson, and David Jones, taken alone, would have made it worthwhile. Taken together,...
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Walker Percy prefaced The Moviegoer with a line from Søren Kierkegaard: “The specific character of despair is precisely this: it is unaware of being despair.” And from that starting point Percy slowly crafts a portrait of...