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‘I Make All Things New’: Reflections on Time in <i>The Brothers Karamazov</i>

‘I Make All Things New’: Reflections on Time in The Brothers Karamazov

November 23, 2013

Samuel McClelland Our poems, songs, and tales give us a sense that there is continuity in history and that we fit into it. But what sort of continuity? And what, if anything, should we do about it? In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky grapples with some of the most compelling meta-narratives that have ever shaped our experience of life as temporal beings.
The Moral Imagination

The Moral Imagination

November 9, 2013

Russell Kirk
For decades now, mainstream educators have been encouraging their pupils to use their imaginations - even as the literary fare they've been offering has increasingly had the opposite effect. Russell Kirk brings his characteristic perspicacity to bear on the question of literature and the "moral imagination" in a classic essay that has only grown more relevant since it first appeared in 1981.
Cultural confidence and the liberal death wish

Cultural confidence and the liberal death wish

February 24, 2013

Frits Bolkestein
In a selection from his forthcoming book The Intellectual Temptation, former European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein suggests that an academic obsession with abstract theory over hard-won experience lies behind our political and cultural crises. Bolkestein takes us from centralization through multiculturalism to cultural self-flagellation: ideals - or ideologies - that define the landscape of contemporary Western Europe.
Why should businessmen read great literature?

Why should businessmen read great literature?

December 2, 2012

Vigen Guroian
In every society, power must be humanized and used morally in order that free and civilized life might prosper. And in a commercial society, businessmen and businesswomen wield especially great power and are frequently called into roles of civic and political leadership. So, why should they read great literature?
A Try at Nobility

A Try at Nobility

March 2, 2010

Stephen Gatlin A review of Rob Rieman's Nobility of Spirit. Joseph Bottum in the New Criterion has commented ably on some of the strengths and the signal weaknesses of Rieman’s book. My concerns here are not intended to overlap substantially with Bottum’s. Indeed, both Riemen’s and Bottum’s observations are well taken. By now, the demise of civilization (whatever this word may mean) is perhaps the greatest cliché among intellectuals everywhere. Mass society, especially perhaps of the American variety, is likely the most perturbing. The eminent Jacques Barzun has had the last word on this grand lament.

Deconstructing Some Convoluted Christology

October 29, 2009

By: Jonathan David Price

Jesus Ascended
Gerrit Scott Dawson.

P&R Publishing, 2004.
(paperback) 192pp.

What starts as ostensible Christology in Dawson’s Jesus Ascended quickly reveals itself to be Pneumatology, the study of the Holy Spirit, in disguise. In the forward to the book, we learn that Christ sends down “his own personal presence in the Holy Spirit” (Dawson xii, my … Read more

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