Choosing Tebow

Tim Tebow, the year’s best college football player, is starring in a mildly pro-life advertisement”“Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life,” it concludes”scheduled to air during the Super Bowl this Sunday. And the ruckus over that fact has been one of the strangest things to watch in years… . Continue Reading

What McInerny Saw in Thomas
02.06.2010
Joseph R. Upton

The Catholic intellectual world (and beyond) is no doubt still mourning last week’s passing of Ralph McInerny. McInerny’s death, aside from providing an opportunity to reflect on his own legacy, also invites us to reflect on the body of learning known as Thomism… . Continue Reading »

What McInerny Saw in Thomas

The Catholic intellectual world (and beyond) is no doubt still mourning last week’s passing of Ralph McInerny. McInerny’s death, aside from providing an opportunity to reflect on his own legacy, also invites us to reflect on the body of learning known as Thomism… . Continue Reading »

Why Nine Got Only Four

It’s a sign of the times that Federico Fellini’s 1963 classic ”widely considered the best film ever made about filmmaking”has been remade in such a way that its famous story of one man’s artistic and spiritual crisis no longer resembles itself… . Continue Reading

Obama’s Earthbound Space Program

One tumultuous year into his presidency, President Obama remains a man without a mission. Without a mission to space, that is… . Continue Reading »

Occasional Poetry and John Updike’s Endpoint
02.02.2010
Micah Mattix

That John Updike wrote poems as well as novels is news to few people who follow contemporary poetry. Before his death, a common view of Updike’s poetry was that it was light, entertaining stuff that he wrote to refresh himself after the serious work of fiction. After his death, however, a number of critics have hailed it as the elephant in the room of contemporary American poetry… . Continue Reading »

Occasional Poetry and John Updike’s Endpoint

That John Updike wrote poems as well as novels is news to few people who follow contemporary poetry. Before his death, a common view of Updike’s poetry was that it was light, entertaining stuff that he wrote to refresh himself after the serious work of fiction. After his death, however, a number of critics have hailed it as the elephant in the room of contemporary American poetry… . Continue Reading »

Tiger Woods and Plato

Two weeks ago, the Tiger Woods scandal was returned to the news by reports that Woods was receiving treatment for sex addiction. While many may have welcomed this sordid story’s earlier disappearance, it in fact deserves serious consideration because of what it says about our culture and, in fact, about our very humanity… . . Continue Reading »

Ralph McInerny (1929-2010)

Ralph McInernyOne of the marks of a virtuous character, according to Aristotle, is the performance of virtuous acts with ease and delight. On that basis, as well as others, Ralph McInerny was a remarkably virtuous man. One of Ralph’s most beautiful books is entitled The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain: A Spiritual Life, the premise of which is that “we can find in the person of Jacques Maritain a model of the intellectual life in the pursuit of sanctity.” Those words certainly apply to Ralph… . . Continue Reading »

Clinton as Cargo Cult

Call it the Clinton Clutch”the stylized maneuver in the political playbook for incumbent Democrats who have run into a spot of bother. President Obama’s first State of the Union address last night will be interpreted as a replay of Clinton’s 1995 classic… . Continue Reading »