Culture

December 24, 2014

Four Joys of Christmas, and What They Say About Us

The way I count them, there are four principal joys of Christmas — four aspects of the holiday that make it stand out in our minds
December 29, 2014

Leo Strauss, Conservatism, and Catholicism

Over at Public Discourse, I have a review of Michael and Catherine Zuckert’s excellent new book on Leo Strauss, the German-American teacher of political philosophy whose
December 30, 2014

Pornography, Privacy, and the Public Interest

Catholic legal theorist Robert P. George of Princeton University has a characteristically clear, compelling, and helpful article at the Philadelphia Inquirer website on the social costs
January 3, 2015

Michael Keaton Defends His Catholic School

  First Jimmy Fallon fondly remembered the Latin Mass. Then Bill Murray did. Now  Michael Keaton, the actor best known for Batman and Beetlejuice, is speaking
January 3, 2015

The Monks and the Airline — United, in Charity (Video)

From The New York Times comes this tale of a monk traveling abroad, a confused and clueless United, and the monk’s brothers back home, struggling to remain
January 4, 2015

‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5: A Catholic Creator’s Complex World

I’ve been plowing through season five of “Downton Abbey,” the saga of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in early 20th-century Britain, which premieres on
January 8, 2015

Talking Back to Atheist Billboards

As atheistic movements grow more bold, they are putting up monuments and anti-shrines and billboards. Here are some images of atheist billboards and what I would
January 9, 2015
Saint Thomas Aquinas with Aristotle and Plato, Triumphant over Averroës by Benozzo Gozzoli, c. 1460-1480

Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech, Faith, and Reason

A famous Frenchman once said, “It is dangerous to be right when men of power are wrong.” This is why free speech matters. Even though Charlie
January 14, 2015

When Standing Up Means Actually Standing Up

An estimated crowd of 1.6 million people gathered in Paris on January 11 to stand in solidarity and in condemnation of the violent attack on the