Monthly Archives: June 2015

Whence hope?

“All through history we find plentiful evidence of the same non-moral and irrational tendency which causes idealists and humanitarians to despair. . . . [However] the Christian ought to be the last person in the world to lose hope in … Continue reading

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The Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology

It is a privilege to be member of the College of Fellows at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology. This short video captures the spirit of the place. (I make a cameo appearance in the video for those “Where’s … Continue reading

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Helaire Belloc – “The Great Heresies”

As indicated in an earlier post, among the books I have the luxurious freedom to read or re-read while I’m waiting on a publisher to get back to me on my manuscript is Hilaire Belloc’s “The Great Heresies.” (The others … Continue reading

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Scapegoats and the crisis of distinctions

While many people cite René Girard’s mimetic theory in order to champion the cause of scapegoats — real ones as well as imposters — very few today note Girard’s dire warnings about what he called “the crisis of undifferentiation” — … Continue reading

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Vice is a monster of so frightful mien…

“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace.” – Alexander Pope “A Swiss biotechnology company, debuted … Continue reading

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The nature of the Church…

“It is in the nature of the Church to provoke the anger and attack of the world.” Hilaire Belloc, who made this remark, pointed out that it is not heresy to reject Christianity. Heresies, he correctly observed, leave many or … Continue reading

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We live in an effeminate day

“We live in an effeminate day. We slander our fathers, and hug ourselves for doing it. It costs us nothing but the chance to grow wise” – Anthony Esolen

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You Will Be Assimilated

Reasonable people – especially those who have suffered racial discrimination – realize that the attempt by the sexual revolutionaries to equate their agenda with the civil rights campaigns is ludicrous. But some of us have taken consolation in the thought … Continue reading

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Naive optimism

Naive optimism has been the persistent flaw in the very idea of “modernity” and in the Liberalism that served as modernity’s ideology. The great 20th century historian Jacques Barzun has a reminder for us that is especially apposite at this … Continue reading

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An important message from my friend Bill May

“We are facing a campaign of intimidation that is corrupting the understanding of love, marriage and sexuality for our children and other young people. This campaign has become pervasive in our schools, and through TV, film and music. Now the … Continue reading

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