Spiritual Resources for COVID-19

As we struggle to make sense of the current pandemic, especially from a spiritual point of view, I have found certain resources very helpful. (I am Eastern Orthodox, so some of these…

How to Think Like a Christian During a Time of Secularism

  During the years 1726 and 1729, the French writer Voltaire was exiled in England. In England, Voltaire was impressed by what he saw, which was very different from his native France.…

One Man’s Mission to Expose and Destroy Auschwitz

Sometimes during times of disaster and great evil it is the ordinary people who step up to the plate–people no one would have expected to become great heroes. Witold Pilecki was such…

Progressivism and the Loss of Common Reason

From Gerald Russell’s “Beauty Is At the Heart of True Conservatism“: Progressivism has lost the notion of a common reason to which people of differing faiths could consent, even of the possibility…

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Peter Scazzero was a megachurch pastor in New York and seemed to be a model of spiritual leadership and maturity. The problem is that he was emotionally immature, with deep-seated issues from…

Great Lent and Cultural Anthropology

As we enter the season of Lent, we would do well to reflect on the spiritual value of struggle. The Church would not have given us an entire season devoted to struggling…

What the Super Bowl Halftime Show Really Taught us

Referring to the much-discussed half-time show that took place at the Super Bowl earlier this month, Hannah Yasharoff asked an intriguing question at USA today: “In a #MeToo era, is a show…

The Joy of Reading

It’s been a long time since I’ve been with my friends the water-rat, the mole, the toad, and the badger. Last week I decided to enter into their world again with Kenneth…

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…

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