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Seventeen years ago, I flew into Seattle. I do this a lot, but this was one of those flights. Not just any flight, but one of THOSE flights. The kind in which everything seems to go wrong....

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to consider the Christian roots of liberal education. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher In the Western world there is a...
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Oft evil will doth evil mar. - Theoden Often does hatred hurt itself. - Gandalf Those with a modicum of knowledge of twentieth-century intellectual history will note that the title I have given...
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Last month, I was fortunate enough to once again work at the Kansas City Catholic Homeschool Conference.  As I was setting up my table, a couple sat down at the table next to mine and began...
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Black is my color. As a priest, everyday I step into my uniform and become one of the Men in Black. But once, when one of the schoolchildren asked why priests wear black, I did...
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It may seem absurd to leave after seeing director Justin Kurzel’s new adaptation of Macbeth* and to think, “Now that’s pro-life.” That is because, true to the Shakespearean original, the film abounds with violence and...
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From what had he fled? From what was he running? What was it that pursued him? The film titles give us some clues, as does his pace of life, the rapidity of his...
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As an Englishman I’ve always had something of an ambivalent relationship with Ireland. On the one hand, I grew up in London in the 1970s when the IRA was planting bombs in pubs...
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This is the essential diagnosis of our time. It is not merely great wars that have plunged us into pessimism, much...
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In the past, our musical culture had secure foundations in the church, in the concert hall, and in the home. The common practice of tonal harmony united composers, performers, and listeners in a shared language, and...
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Of the perennial debates in political theory, perhaps none is more enduring or contentious than that regarding the extent of power that human beings possess over their political and social order. This question is as old...

On my religious position, I have been classified as a Protestant, a Catholic, an anti-semitic, and as a typical Jew; politically, as a Liberal, a Fascist, a National Socialist, and a Conservative; and on my theoretical...
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In a recent post, English priest-blogger Fr. Ed Tomlinson likened the threat of secular modernism in the church to Tolkien’s Balrog. You may remember the great demon pursues the members of the Fellowship as...
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One of my favourite sayings of G. K. Chesterton is his quip that if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly. When I first heard this paradoxical witticism I was somewhat...