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…

How to Live the Good Life…Even When Everything is Going Wrong

I am pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of my latest book, How to Live the Good Life…Even When Everything is Going Wrong. Published by Ancient Faith and scheduled for release in…

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…

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