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Our real culture wars are not being waged between “God and country” conservatism on the one side and multicultural secular liberalism on the other. It now seems to me that our real culture wars are waged between Civil Religion on the one side and Christian orthodoxy on...
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A.G. Sertillanges sees the intellectual life as essentially a vocation, and in the most spiritual sense of the word. It is, as he says, “a sacred call”... "More than ever before thought is waiting for men, and men for thought. The world is in danger for lack of life-giving...
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Truth, beauty, and goodness are the terms by which we understand the whole of reality and the terms that give coordinates to all of human life. And so, if you want to live well, you need to know what truth, goodness, and beauty are...
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Michael Herr left us one of the best accounts of men at war in his book, Dispatches. A reporter, he had gone to Vietnam to find a story, but had found something else that would hound him for the rest of his life... Dispatches by...
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In America, we have taken the happy childhood, which encouraged children to be independent explorers, and instead cultivated petulant, incapable, and safeguarded children... When it comes to children’s stories, an old favorite of mine is 
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We are so accustomed to regarding the fine arts as simply a means to pursue or attain the beautiful in the abstract, that we forget that for long centuries there was a close connection between the arts and some public purpose...
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I’ve not been fully sure what to “make” of Pope Francis. He is clearly a man of God with a deep love for the poor and an even deeper personal humility. But how is one to respond to his pronouncements on economic and environmental issues?...
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Arturo Toscanini was the early-twentieth century version of a rock star, receiving offers left and right, commanding huge sums of money, selling out theaters, and grabbing the constant attention of the press wherever he went... Toscanini: Musician of Conscience, by Harvey Sachs (Liveright, 944...

Though his fans will undoubtedly enjoy this engrossing autobiography, it deserves a broader audience because of the beauty of Mr. Springsteen's writing, his penetrating observations about human nature, and his well-crafted history of an interesting and important life... "We remain in the air, the empty space,...

The cosmopolitan Jefferson—enlightened, tolerant, humane—is at the same time the best example of the sensitive provincial. And in getting back to the provincial Jefferson, the essential Jefferson, we recover one of the valuable links of our national heritage... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords...

Luther Martin understood human nature with a genius of sheer power, foresight, and brilliance. He believed that there can be no union without subsidiarity because without it, governments run with the cyclical and typical tyrannies of humankind... Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet, The Life...
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On grace depends our salvation, but we have neither a right to grace nor the power to compel it. Grace must reveal itself to us, and only then will we recognize it... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Romano Guardini as...

What made James Madison unique among his generation and has subsequently made his legacy invaluable... was his commitment to the "sacred fire of liberty" and his steadfast refusal to abandon either his republican commitment to popular participation or his liberal commitments to justice and the protection of...
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Lord Acton is the prophet who foresaw our times. He anticipated the dangers of statism. But ironically he is now a setting star—passé and remote. This, it must be said, is a tragedy of his own making. It’s a mystery why he never wrote his planned magnum...