Power Struggle

I sit up and pay attention when Roger Scruton speaks. He recently considered the significance of the worldview evinced in books by Uval Noah Harari, who is a biological determinist in the same vein as Steven Pinker and Richard Dawkins. Harari acknowledges the philosophical consequences of the humanist rejection of transcendent truth. He goes a step […]

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Friendship

From time to time I’ve asked rhetorically whether there might be a link between the loss of faith and the rise of despair. For example, in a memoir I wrote: We sometimes say people “lose hope” and become despondent, perhaps to the point of despair or even suicide, but what does that phrase really mean? […]

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Etiolated Language

I have written before about how language is debased such that Christian concepts are built into secularism in a confusing way. It is unfortunate not just because precision is lost. It is also unfortunate because it serves to obscure the naturalism endemic to modern secularism.   The operating assumption you’re routinely expected to embrace is that […]

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Agony and Hope

Agony and Hope Every so often a young-ish person wrings the hands in print about the difficulty of finding a marriageable mate in this culture. It’s a brave thing to do, really, because if done badly it can subject the writer to ridicule. In fact, done well it can subject the writer to ridicule, because […]

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Thoughtcrime

Fairy Tales I commend to you a consideration of fairy tale and myth as bringers of truth, in an article by Kris Yee in the Imaginative Conservative, here.  An excerpt: In his essay “On Fairy-Stories,” J.R.R Tolkien defends a certain type of escape, posing the reader with the question: “Why should a man be scorned if, […]

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Hound of Heaven

For some reason I was thinking of this phrase “hound of heaven,” and then on the radio a couple of days ago happened to hear it mentioned. I’ve heard it before as a metaphor for God in His pursuit of us, but didn’t know that it was explicitly the name of a poem, one written […]

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Outrage

I would like to introduce you to Rene Girard, if you’re not already familiar with his work, but first this. Micah Mattix, in his excellent Prufrock daily blog, quotes a W.H. Auden note to a publisher who refused Ezra Pound’s poetry because he (Pound) was a fascist. Auden wrote: “[B]egin by banning his poems not […]

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