Philosophers & Saints

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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Catholic Corruption That Begs for Martin Luther

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  The story of government-induced corruption and other such ills of centralization is nothing new for the Front Porch Republic. Thus, the developing story of how such issues are now haunting the Roman Catholic Church in Germany (and, as a…
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The Monday Morning Brass Spittoon: Roundtable on The Synod on the Family

October 27, 2014
The idea of the family has, since our inception, been one Porchers are particularly keen to defend. The family is a natural, integral, and inviolable unit whose very existence points to the centrality of place and, as much as any…
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Papal Permissiveness via Annulment Reform

Pope_Alexander_Vi (1) October 25, 2014
Phoenix, Arizona. The Front Porch Republic’s theme of “limits” clearly encompasses contemporary topics about the boundaries of human marriage and the degree that a church can alter such boundaries via creative developments of its doctrine. Thus, it is appropriate to…
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Appropriate Skepticism and Papal Authority

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Belief that the Holy Spirit invariably leads the Roman Catholic Church to what is true requires one to suspend reasonable skepticism about the typical dysfunction and fallibility of humans and human institutions. Moreover, it seems appropriate for individual Christians (even…
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The Loss of a Culture of Personhood and the End of Limited Government

October 6, 2014
Philadelphia, PA The idea and practice of limited government begins with Christianity.  Pagan antiquity could not imagine such a thing, because there was no distinction between religion and governance.   For the pagan, there is an overall order to all…
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Archimedean Points, Above and Below

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“To the famous Archimedean boast:  ‘Give me whereon to stand and I will move the world.’.  Rabelais answers: ‘I move with my ship; and the waves of the world give way.’”    –John Cowper Powys One could choose a less fruitful…
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How Marx Explains the Pomo-Con/Front-Porch Divide, In Four Easy Steps

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[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Via Rod Dreher, I see that the occasionally interesting blog Postmodern Conservative has departed its longtime home at the (often, if not always) theoconservative journal First Things and has relocated to the National Review,…
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Happy St. Isidore’s Day

Saint Isidore May 15, 2014
In “The Gift of Good Land,” Wendell Berry notes, with a tinge of regret, the largely heroic nature of the stories recorded in the Bible.  “It may, in some ways, be easier to be Samson,” Berry writes, “than to be…
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G.K. Chesterton in 1000 Words

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I once knew a woman who met Chesterton. It was a brief meeting in the 1920s when she was a girl of about ten or so. Her older sister invited her to go into London to hear the great man…
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Imagining Healthy Work: Why We all Have to Become Monks

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This essay was originally presented at Spring Arbor University’s annual Focus series. I am speaking today not as a literature specialist, nor as a professional economist, nor as a business expert, but simply as a human.  So in talking about…
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A Genuinely Original Libertarian Argument?

March 5, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Yesterday evening, I participated in a symposium sponsored in part by Northfield School of the Liberal Arts, a private Christian academy, here in Wichita, KS. I’ve done a lot with Northfield over the years, as…
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Liberty and Circuits of the Sacred

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A few days ago was the first time I heard Chinese being spoken with a heavy Indian accent.  Given the tenor of our times, one might expect this to have been at some gathering of wheelers and dealers brandishing business…
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Can We (not) Talk?

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Hillsdale, Michigan.   Patrick Deneen posted a vigorous rejoinder to pro-free market critics of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. Deneen’s takedown of Rush Limbaugh got me thinking less about the substance of the pope’s thoughts than about the form –…
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What You Need to Know About Simone Weil

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Born in 1909 to secular Jewish Parisians, at age 10 Simone Weil was memorizing Racine and marching in labor union protests.  She attended the École Normale and then briefly taught philosophy to lycée girls, serving on weekends as a volunteer…
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The Limerick and the Liturgy

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The form is the content.
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