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Hans Urs von Balthasar, in Volume IV (The Action) of Theo-Drama, arguably his most innovative theological work, contains a very brief discussion of the work of René Girard. But what von Balthasar says there...

Person using drugs on having his offer to share refused—“You think you’re better than me?” Person doing the refusing—“Of course I am, have you looked at yourself lately?” It might be wrong to respond to...

Christianity and the New Age, by Christopher Dawson (Manchester: Sophia Institute Press, 1985) Christianity and the New Age was first published in 1931. Sophia Press has republished the book in a handsome new edition, including an introductory essay...
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"Religious man was born to be saved, psychological man is born to be pleased." "The rules of health indicate activity; psychological man can exploit older cultural precepts, ritual struggle no less than play therapy, in order to maintain the dynamism of his culture. Of course, the...

The movie mogul Sam Goldwyn once rightly growled through his cigar to a screenwriter, “If you want to send a message use a telegram.” Didacticism in storytelling is always a disaster because the audience sniffs out...

The twentieth century witnessed an assault on a number of once fine words, often hollowing out the traditional meanings and filling them with sheer refuse. Myth, in the twentieth century, became lie. Love became lust. Another such...
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What can one say about a film director whose career was built on the adolescent pseudo-intellectualism of Pi (not Life of Pi, but the other, really depressing movie harking back to film school), the false-spiritual incoherence of...

Perhaps most readers are familiar with the account of the beginning of the universe found in the Bible: “1 God, at the beginning of time, created heaven and earth. 2 Earth was still an empty...
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Much has been written about Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si'. On the American Right, there has been much hand-wringing over his handling of climate change, whereas the American Left has been praising it for the...
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In an excellent recent article,* Mollie Hemingway wrote, “We are slowly forgetting how to dislike something without seeking its utter destruction.” I would only replace “slowly” with “quickly”—very quickly. This makes me think about disagreement: what it is,...
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While the world spins forward in what seems an ever-widening spiral of chaos, what conservative cannot lament the loss of all that once seemed stable, certain and secure? W.B. Yeats’ poem The Second Coming, like T.S. Eliot’s...
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Years ago, as an angry young man, I was a leading member of a white supremacist organization in my native England. I am no longer young, nor am I angry, and in my book Race...

John Profumo has died. You may not have heard of him. Few people have, especially in the United States. But for years he was a prominent British politician—Secretary of State for War during the early 1960s under...
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(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join John Gorke as he examines the principles necessary to fight justly the culture war. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher)