Philosophers & Saints

The Parish and the Papacy

April 8, 2015
This is the fourth of a five-part series of essays on “Localism and the Universal Church.” You may find the previous installments here. As I was saying . . . Since the First Sunday of Advent in 1964, parish life…
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From the Multiversity Cave: Aquinas and Synthesis

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Saginaw, MI This post is part of a series that will explore what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles
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Alienated Children and Inalienable Rights

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We describe the most fundamental principles of American politics in terms of “rights.” According to the Declaration of Independence, which constitutes the philosophical foundation of American politics, it is “self-evident” that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed…
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The Church Localversal Part 4: Oz

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The water doesn't give a damn what you think.
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Apocalypticism for Porchers

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If it’s your thing — and it’s certainly not everybody’s thing — it’s not a bad time to be an apocalypticist. A few weeks ago, Pope Francis once again implored people to read Robert Hugh Benson’s novel of the Antichrist,…
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The Church Localversal, Part 3

CathedralOfThePines February 24, 2015
Brokenness is a traveling condition.
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The Church Localversal, Part 2

Old Country Church February 18, 2015
Injury is a means of measurement.
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From the Multiversity Cave: Aristotle and Phronesis

February 16, 2015
Saginaw, MI This post is part of a series that will explore what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple functions and roles
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If the U.S. Were a Christian Nation, Would that Make Christianity the Most Violent Religion in the World?

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Hillsdale, Michigan. The Paris killings a few weeks ago have unleashed a number of reflections about Islam and its tendency toward violence. Robert Tracinski makes a point that I have seen in various places: It is obviously true that all…
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The Church Localversal, Part I

Chesterton February 11, 2015
Well, duh!
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Illiberal Catholicism One Year On

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Just over a year ago John Zmirak caused a stir with his Aleteia article “Illiberal Catholicism.” In it, Zmirak excoriated a fairly broad range of Catholic academics and commentators for, among other things, failing to uphold the American brand of…
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Bar Jester’s Writing Seminar II; or, How to Write Like a Philosopher

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If you want to write worse than the average undergraduate male, consider philosophy.
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Local Wonderings in Wichita

January 20, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Wichita, KS, is the home to a wonderful bookstore, Eighth Day Books. (Which isn’t my favorite bookstore in Wichita, but that’s partly because my wife works at its primary rival.) One of the main reasons…
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Praying in the Streets: Ritual as an Urban Design Problem

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“[T]he city as World icon is being destroyed, not by being secularized (it was always secular at base with some sacral potencies shooting through it from every angle) but by being radically profaned. The city has become the playground not…
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John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil: A Brief FPR Revaluation

Protecting January 14, 2015
Marian devotion remains stubbornly enduring.
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Anarchism, Global Citites, and a Confucian Cosmopolitan Education

November 21, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I recently attended a conference in Nanjing, China, hosted by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and organized our fellow Porcher, Adam Webb. You can read a short summary of the conference here; for my part, in the…
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