Peter J. Leithart is President of Trinity House, Birmingham, Alabama, and an adjunct Senior Fellow at New St. Andrews College. He is author, most recently, of Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Baylor).

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Exhortation, June 20

From Leithart
According to the traditional church calendar, we are several Sundays into Trinity season. Trinity season begins with Trinity Sunday, which is the first Sunday after Pentecost, and Trinity season . . . . Continue Reading »

Huntington and Mexico

From Leithart
Enrique Krauze provides some powerful criticisms of Samuel Huntington’s claims about the influence of Mexican immigration on American cultural identity in the June 21 issue of TNR . Huntington . . . . Continue Reading »

Freud and Theory

From Leithart
James Woods perceptively notes that the triumph of theory in literary studies is less the triumph of Marx than the triumph of Freud: “One of the decisive changes that theory effected was to . . . . Continue Reading »

The Original Bobo

From Leithart
Writing on Joyce’s Ulysses just before the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, Declan Kiberd notes the oddity of the ending: “the climax of Ulysses is a meeting between two men, the young . . . . Continue Reading »

Distance

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Can there be a Creator-creature distinction without the Trinity? It would seem not. For a unitarian theology “distance” is introduced only with the world; for a unitarian god to be at a . . . . Continue Reading »

Derrida’s Modernism

From Leithart
Derrida believes the idea of a “gift” is contradictory. As David Hart summarizes, for Derrida, even if the gift is given with no expectation of tangible return, it still cannot be truly a . . . . Continue Reading »

Cusa on Beauty

From Leithart
OK, I can’t stop writing down remarks from Hart, so here’s another: “Nicolas of Cusa remarks that eternal wisdom is tasted in everything savored, eternal pleasure felt in all things . . . . Continue Reading »

David Hart

From Leithart
Here are some more excerpts from David Bentley Hart’s remarkable Beauty of the Infinite . “The Bible . . . depicts creation at once as a kind of deliberative invention (‘Let us make . . . . Continue Reading »