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Fr. James Schall

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The mystery is how one person whom I never met, through recountings down the ages of how many others whom I also have never met, could shed light on each other, eventually to enlighten me... In The Apology,...

To link spiritualism, political philosophy, and play together is, at first sight, rash. What could they possibly have in common, since they clearly are not the same?... Spiritualism seems to me absolutely right on all its mystical side. The supernatural part of it seems to me...
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Christianity is expected to reach, through the human and divine agency of its members, each human being at the core reality in his soul, at the reality of the choice where each person makes himself to be what he chooses to be within the initial givenness of...
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Our final cause is not tied to this world we live in. Though we inhabit the world for a rather temporary span of time, we do have enough time, no matter what polity or era we live in, to decide for ourselves whether or not we will...

The country appears to be radically divided. We even hear talk of a new kind of civil war. Civic unity depends on an agreed vision of what man is and what the world is. When this agreement is lacking, nothing can really hold that society together...

Tyrants—intelligent, charming men as they usually are—rush into politics without first examining their souls. Politics without wisdom is not politics... A recurring theme in Plato’s dialogues, including his Seventh Letter, describes the...
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What is new about our era, as opposed to the Christianity of an Augustine, of an Aquinas, or of a Shakespeare, is that now we actually see Christians themselves betraying their own traditions of political limitations... Shakespeare as Political Thinker, edited by John Alvis and Thomas...
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President Obama's Muslim and community-organizing backgrounds were both traditions that had almost nothing to do with what we once...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Fr. James Schall as he contemplates the similarities between the death of Plato and the death of one of Plato's more recent scholars, Eric Voegelin. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher But...
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Remembering Belloc by James V. Schall, S.J. (St. Augustine’s Press. 2013) Although readers of The Imaginative Conservative will presumably need no introduction to Hilaire Belloc, the subject of this new volume by the irrepressible Father...
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Those who want to eradicate poverty make the Son of God a liar. They are mistaken and lying. —Robert Cardinal Sarah The economic problem … has been solved already: we know how to...
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“Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty. I doubt whether you would know that St. Cassian of Imola was stabbed to death by his students with their styli. His death, a martyr’s honorable one, made him a patron saint of teachers.” —Ignatius...
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Rev. James Schall Probably the most famous letter writer of the ancient world was Cicero. In 59 B.C., Cicero wrote to Gaius Scribonius: “There are many sorts of letters. But there is one unmistakable...
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“Truth is the self-manifestation and state of evidence of real things. Consequently, truth is something secondary, following from something else. Truth does not exist for itself alone. Primary and precedent to it are existing things, the...