Joshua Pauling

Joshua Pauling
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Joshua Pauling teaches high school history and studied at Messiah College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Winthrop University. He has written for Areo Magazine, Forma Journal, Front Porch Republic, Mere Orthodoxy, Modern Reformation, Public Discourse, Quillette Magazine, and Salvo Magazine. He is head elder at All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS). Josh also makes custom furniture and restores vintage woodworking machinery. He and his wife Kristi have two children who are being classically homeschooled.

Recent Essays

Jacques Barzun’s 1937 Critique of Race-Thinking

On the heels of a consequential election, and the accompanying commentary demonstrating the continued pervasiveness of race-thinking, Barzun’s message of honoring each human individual’s value while recognizing our shared common humanity is a timely and timeless message.

Cultivating the Skills that Freedom Requires in Matthew Crawford’s Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road

Human driving requires unending mutual predictions and constant accommodations for each other. It is in such experiences that we end up with something meaningful for life in the physical world and life in community.

The Allure of Old Tools and Vintage Machinery: Memory, Meaning, and Making

Building or re-building things taps into deep and elemental desires embedded in the human experience that in some shadowed sense mimic the Creator.

Teddy Roosevelt’s Prophetic Speech: The Perpetual Relevance of “The Man in the Arena”

Roosevelt delivered an oration he entitled “Citizenship in a Republic,” but which the world would soon come to call “The Man in the Arena.” Every fresh reading of the speech brings something new into bold relief.

Coming Home, COVID-19 Style: A Moment to Reconsider the Natural Family

The lengthy drift from family to individual as the primary social unit carries an alluring promise of autonomy and individualism which sounds so good, so freeing, but it comes up lacking in times of crisis.

The Super Bowl Spectacle Sends Mixed Messages about Women

What was on display in the halftime show was not a celebration of sexuality or empowerment for women. It was an elevation of instinct.

Recapturing the Real: Physicality, Imitation, and Tradition in a Digital World

Our educational approach should include the validation of physicality, the imitation of the master, and the celebration of tradition.