Wednesday, May 25, 2016

<b>A Space of Forbearance</b><pre></pre><i>Ethnicity and Architecture on the Danube River Delta</i>

A Space of Forbearance
Ethnicity and Architecture on the Danube River Delta

April 10, 2016

Augustin Ioan

On the northwest coast of the Black Sea, beyond even where the Emperor Augustus banished Ovid, lies the Romanian town of Tulcea. Like many Romanian cities, it was a focal point for the confluence of a dizzying array of cultures: Slavic, Latin, Greek, Turkish, Jewish, Tatar, Armenian, and more. And, like cities everywhere, its social fabric was reflected and transmitted in its built environment. It was a remembered past and a lived present in stone and wood. Thirty years after the fall of the regime that “systematized” its urban core, one of the country's leading architects reflects on the cityscape that shaped his childhood in Tulcea and offers quiet hope for its future.

<b>The Resurrection of the Body</b>

The Resurrection of the Body

March 27, 2016

John Henry Newman

The Christian religion has at its center the Resurrection of the Christ, without which, St. Paul says, the faith is in vain, and through which we, too, are to rise. To what sort of life? It is not that of an abstracted, disembodied spirit, but that of an entire person, body and soul, whole again, and transfigured. In this sermon from his days as Vicar of St. Mary's, Oxford, preaching to a society drawn to materialism on the one hand and 'angelism' on the other, John Henry Newman meditates on Christ's invocation of the burning bush as a sign that we – our bodies included – "die but to appearance", a sign of the incarnate eternity that awaits us on the far side of the grave.

<b>If Love Has Won, Has Marriage Lost? <br />An Orthodox Response to <i>Obergefell v. Hodges</i></b>

If Love Has Won, Has Marriage Lost?
An Orthodox Response to Obergefell v. Hodges

March 6, 2016

Vigen Guroian

Last summer, the United States Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a constitutional right for all citizens, and that laws banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. What does this mean for the Church? Orthodox theologian Vigen Guroian argues for a rediscovery of the centrality of the Eucharist in Christian matrimony – and for the Church's immediate disengagement from the civil marriage business.

<b>The Polish Ideal</b>

The Polish Ideal

May 6, 2015

G.K. Chesterton

In the 1790s, the once-great Polish Commonwealth had been carved up by the neighboring empires of Prussia, Austria, and Russia. But, in spite of the long century of repression that followed – a time when Siberia was known as the "Polish Golgotha" – the Poles' chivalric spirit and love of their homeland survived. In the 1920s, shortly after the victory of the newly independent Republic of Poland over Lenin's expansionist Soviet Union, G.K. Chesterton himself travelled to the country. And, filled as ever with the joy of discovering truths at the bottom of apparent paradoxes, he found poetry in their cavalry.

<b>Two Minds</b>

Two Minds

February 16, 2015

Wendell Berry

Inevitably, says farmer-poet Wendell Berry, we come to inhabit two worlds: the one that actually is, and the one we imagine. Navigating between them isn't easy – not least because, in nearly every one of us today, "two minds" are at war with each other over the privilege of steering our course.

<b>Europe: ‘Too old for its own truths and victories’?</b>

Europe: ‘Too old for its own truths and victories’?

January 23, 2015

Rémi Brague

Today's West is concerned with 'sustainability' almost to the point of obsession: of resources, of companies, of cars, of vacations. But Europe, argues one of its leading thinkers, finds itself in the middle of a centuries-old experiment that puts the sustainability of not only its own existence but that of all mankind on the line. How did we get here? And do we have the metaphysical goods to get ourselves out?
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<b>Clarion Vines: A Column for the Future Wines of History</b>

Clarion Vines: A Column for the Future Wines of History

December 5, 2014

Jonathan D. Price
Plato’s thoughts on love in the Symposium are shared over wine; Jesus offers eternal life together with the Source of All in the drink. In this new column, Executive Editor Jonathan D. Price will review wines for the prospective drinker: What should I pay? How long should I wait? Is there any accounting for taste? As he does so, he will also encourage the reader to develop a phronema for the proper enjoyment of wine: not as a mere sensory thrill, but as a gateway to contemplation of the sublime.
<b>Is Life Worth Living?</b>

Is Life Worth Living?

June 24, 2014

Russell Kirk
Too often, childhood hopes give way to adult complacency; but, just as often, "men and women are haunted by such nagging questions as 'What is this all about?' or 'Is life worth living?'" In this Epilogue to his remarkable third-person autobiography, Russell Kirk looks back on a long life of literary conflict and reflects on just what it might all be about.
God and Dispositions: Edwardsean Metaphysics (Part IV of IV)

God and Dispositions: Edwardsean Metaphysics (Part IV of IV)

May 21, 2014

Rev. John J. Bombaro
In the first three parts of this series, Rev. Bombaro discussed the theocentric metaphysics, the aesthetics, and the Scholastic philosophical heritage of Jonathan Edwards, colonial intellectual and revivalist preacher. Here, in the final installment, Bombaro shows how Edwards's notions of 'excellency', idealism, and law-like relational dispositions work together to make manifest the glory of God.
Bad Math and Poor Eyesight: Reconfiguring Dante’s Hellscape

Bad Math and Poor Eyesight: Reconfiguring Dante’s Hellscape

March 31, 2014

Arnaud Zimmern
Dante's imagery in the Inferno is haunting. But, for all the care he took in crafting his canti, recent scholarship has revealed errors of scale and proportion in his descriptions of the infernal environs. Was he just a lousy arithmetician? Was he deliberately undermining his narrative with a bit of ironic miscalculation? Or are Dante's apparent mistakes in fact occasions for him to explore a fundamental question about man's redemption?

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