Dr. Seuss, Big-Box Lockean

Apropos of the perennial Locke-run-amok conversation, consider Noah Berlatsky’s piece at the main site : the American spirit galumphs and galerks through every one of the Doctor’s works. Like his fellow citizens, Seuss is boisterous, hearty, optimistic, profligate in invention, and not . . . . Continue Reading »

Stuck-with-Virtue Conservatism

The debate below between Pat Deneen and Peter Berkowitz is interesting and perhaps exceedingly relevant, given the coming "regime change."  I’m going to open my course for seniors with it. I agree that Peter distorts virtue by understanding it primarily as useful for . . . . Continue Reading »

Burke, Theologically Speaking

In reference to Will’s particularity-and-truth thread, Helen offers some reflections on Burke that lend themselves so well to speaking theologically that, well, here we go. My familiarity with Burke nowadays is a lot narrower, if deeper, than it was a decade ago, but I can’t really . . . . Continue Reading »

Immanent, Meet Transcendent

Very interestingly, over at Text Patterns Alan Jacobs evokes the depth of interdependence between the experience of material conditions and the experience of the imagination. This of course is different from the interdependence of truth and particularity but also similar. . . . . Continue Reading »

Samuel Huntington and Culture

“Those who distinguish civil from theological intolerance are, to my mind, mistaken. The two forms are inseparable. It is impossible to live at peace withthose whom we regard as damned; to love them would be to hate God who punishes them: we positively must either reclaim or torment . . . . Continue Reading »

Science, Faith, and the Limits of Reason

    "At the time and in the country in which the present study was written, it was granted by everyone except backward people that the Jewish faith had not been refuted by science or by history . . . . [O]ne could grant to science and history everything they seem to teach . . . . Continue Reading »

Gothic Horror vs. PoMo Irony

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have . . . . Continue Reading »

An American Declaration of Christmas

It’s impossible to ignore all the characteristic signposts of the Christmas season—wherever you go the familiar sights and sounds are unmistakably evocative of the winter holiday. Our malls, shops, houses, television stations and radio airwaves are all transformed into vehicles of . . . . Continue Reading »

A Very Vegas Postmodern Christmas

An uninteresting collusion of circumstances locates me this week in Las Vegas, in a room not in but overlooking the Bellagio fountains (Of Claire de Lune fame, Oceans 11).  The fountains are lovely, but one has only to raise one’s gaze a few degrees to behold, across the . . . . Continue Reading »

Harking to Christmas Past

When one reaches a certain age there is an inclination to reminisce about how much nicer, better, or easier things were forty or fifty years ago. For most of us our youth was a special time, not so much materially, more so in a spiritual sense. As children we are less spiritually inhibited, more . . . . Continue Reading »