Any graduate of Wyoming Catholic College is familiar with the scene from Augustine's Confessions in which he and his mother Monica converse "in the presence of Truth, which You [Christ] are, what the eternal life of the saints could be like, which eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the … Continue reading Let’s Give Sense-Perception its Due: When Dialogue Might be Unnecessary or Harmful
It is with great pleasure that I announce the inaugural episode of our podcast, Lander's Forge: The Upper Room. If you want to hear the boys talk all about automated strike zones or "friendsgiving," (it's more interesting than it sounds), click below or look us up on your preferred streaming platform. Stay tuned for more … Continue reading Podcast Alert!
I suppose this train of thought begins with "Heroes of the Fourth Turning," which is a play I've actually never seen (but want to, obviously). It was the name of that play that made me eagerly pick up a book I saw on a student's bookshelf: The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy by William Strauss … Continue reading Deep Unraveling: Waiting for a Crisis
This past summer, I attempted to watch a show now streaming on Amazon's video streaming service, Prime Video, called The Boys. Many of the journalists I follow online dubbed it a "subversive" and "brilliant" take on the superhero genre. Since I am of a melancholic and cynical disposition, such a show seemed suited to me. … Continue reading The Vicious Fantasy of Amazon’s “The Boys”
“Thought is an invisible and almost intangible power that makes sport of all tyrannies” . Thus, Tocqueville, in Democracy in America, describes the Achilles heel of the traditional tyrant. No matter the physical constraints or social constructions that a tyrant might try to impose on his citizens, he cannot fully suppress thoughts hostile to the … Continue reading A Subtle Regime: Tocqueville on the Tyranny of the Majority.
I've been job hunting lately. My time at this job (which I consider more missionary work than a traditional job) has been very fruitful and fulfilling, but I believe it's time to move on. The question is: move on to what? My "indeed.com" searches first gained a kind of existential tinge, then became entirely symbolic … Continue reading Musings on Futility
A colleague of mine, known to our eight (give or take) faithful readers as Alasdair Slackintyre, recently remarked on the tonal quality of our [his and my] blog posts. "We aren't trying to be properly academic," intuit, "[We're] not properly planning out essays, not putting in good conclusions, not putting in good thesis statements." Well, … Continue reading Kicked out of the Alehouse: What Kristin Lavransdatter Has to Say About Love
Upon walking into a local bookstore I learned that March is “Women’s History Month.” I had never given much thought to the notion that there needed to be a month dedicated just to the awesome things women had done throughout the history of the world. Honestly, in today’s day and age, my first thought was … Continue reading Celebrating… Women?
In the preface to his play, A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt explains his motivation for choosing Thomas More as his hero. He describes an inability in the people of his time to answer the question of what and who they are. The individual is dissatisfied with defining himself as a Man because he … Continue reading A Man For Our Season
Dr. Anthony Fauci has become a household name in the past year. Currently Chief Medical Advisor to the president, he's served as the president of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. He has been among the leaders of governmental responses to several crises such as the ebola epidemic, SARS, HIV/AIDS, swine … Continue reading The Role of a Doctor as Explored by Solzhenitsyn in The Cancer Ward