Cultural Formation and Conservative Values

In the age of Trump and an increasingly Neomarxist Republican Party, it can be helpful to pause and remind ourselves what it means to be conservative. Catholic poet and philosopher, James Matthew…

Letting go of Troubled Thoughts

I’ve started reading The Mystical Marriage: Spiritual Life According to St. Maximos the Confessor, translated and edited by Archimandrite Maximos Constas. I was struck by the following words from Archimandrite Maximos’ Introduction.…

Recent Reads and Re-Reads

Here are some books I recently been enjoying, some for the first time, some for the second or third time. (If you are receiving this post in an email and cannot view…

Alfred the Great’s England

When I was writing my book Saints and Scoundrels, one of the most fulfilling chapters was my chapter on Alfred the Great. I have been fascinated by King Alfred (849-899) ever since…

Wisdom from St. Basil the Great

“As for those things that are of service to you in this temporary life, do not regard them as great. Through concern about these things do not neglect the life that comes…

Identity Politics

We’ve been hearing a lot recently about the problems with “identity politics,” but what exactly is this pernicious ideology? The simplest explanation is that identity politics makes a person’s particular group paramount,…

Calvin’s Dual Teleology

From ‘From Calvin a Nominalist? (Part 3)‘ “Within Calvin’s theological metaphysics, God’s sovereignty becomes acutely fragile, threatened by anything that might undermine the creational and soteriological monergism on which it precariously hinged.…

Fred Rogers vs. Oprah Winfrey

In an interview for NBC’s TODAY, Tom Hanks talked about his role in the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Sharing what he had learned from playing children’s TV celebrity Fred…

The Human Side of Jordan Peterson

I just came across this video from an interview that Jordan Peterson gave last year during his tour of Australia. This interview shows us something we don’t often see, for it gives…

Only One Half of the Lesson

There were two very hard lessons that the twentieth-century brutally taught us: (1) fascism is bad (2) communism is bad. We’ve learn the first lesson, which is why self-proclaimed fascists get in…

Modesty and Sexual Affirmation

In some of my recent writing about the dangers of porn, it’s easy to begin thinking about modesty in its defensive and purely negative function, in so far as modesty can act…

Tiny Tim’s Toffee

I don’t normally use this blog to advertise products, but I felt the need to make an exception as we approach the coming holiday season. For years my friend Joey has been…

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