Author Archives: Thomas

2020 Election

THOMAS KLINGENSTEIN: My name is Tom Klingenstein. I am the chair of the board of the Claremont Institute which is a conservative think tank, managing partner of a New York investment firm and playwright. I wish to make three points. … Continue reading

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Theo-Drama: The Action

From the preface to Hans Urs von Balthazar’s THEO-DRAMA, THEOLOGICAL DRAMATIC THEORY, VOLUME IV, THE ACTION We have prepared at considerable length for the “action” that is the subject of this volume. First, in the Prelegomena, we prepared the way … Continue reading

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In the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the … Continue reading

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Cambridge School Shakespeare

The Cambridge School Shakespeare series is useful for teaching and performing Shakespeare: “An active approach to classroom Shakespeare enables students to inhabit Shakespeare’s imaginative world in accessible and creative ways. Students are encouraged to share Shakespeare’s love of language, interest … Continue reading

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Several Faulkner Novels

The Library of America has five volumes of Faulkner’s works. For example: Novels 1930–1935, containing As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, Light in August, Pylon Novels 1942–1954, containing Go Down, Moses, Intruder in the Dust, Requiem for a Nun, A Fable

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Feast Day: St Stephen the Martyr

A sermon of St Fulgentius of Ruspe The armour of love Yesterday we celebrated the birth in time of our eternal King. Today we celebrate the triumphant suffering of his soldier.   Yesterday our king, clothed in his robe of flesh, … Continue reading

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Morality and Politics

Dennis Prager wrote the following: The editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In my view, this editorial only serves to confirm one of the sadder realizations of my life: … Continue reading

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Victor Davis Hanson on Spygate, Impeachment, and Undoing the Progressive Agenda

Here’s a useful, wide ranging, hour long interview with Victor Davis Hanson  

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Dying and the Virtues

In the useful book “Dying and the Virtues”,  Matthew Levering writes: Underscoring the significance of dying, the Orthodox philosopher Nicholas Berdyaev comments that “a system of ethics which does not make death its central problem has no value and is … Continue reading

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The Hundredfold

In the introduction to his poem The Hundredfold, Anthony Esolen writes: I am a battered old soldier on bad knees, who knows that the hill must be charged and who knows of one or two ways it might be done. … Continue reading

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God in a Godless Time

From Leszek Kolakowski’s  essay  God in a Godless Time …. The world in which we live, however, is not a world of people who are fixed in satisfied and contented lives of belief or unbelief. It is much more an … Continue reading

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On Atheism

In a wonderful article from First Things entitled “God, Gods, and Fairies” , David Bentley Hart writes regarding atheism: It is the embrace of an infinite paradox: the universe understood as an “absolute contingency.” It may not amount to a … Continue reading

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The Unity of Scripture

From Patrick Reardon’s excellent book ‘Christ in the Psalms’ there is this reflection: In short, the principle of canonical unity — even if we limit our attention just to the Hebrew Bible, or even a section within that Bible — … Continue reading

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Catechism Class

My catechism class, while using standard curriculum, aims to listen to and help each student and will focus on three main questions. Who is God? Creator Father Incarnate ‘I Am’ What is the Church? Body of Christ Catholic Bride of … Continue reading

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About Autism

I love a good story, a book that maintains dramatic tension across several hundred pages. Recently I came across such a story in an unexpected place.I work with computers, networks and software systems; nevertheless I’d like to know more about … Continue reading

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A Painting

From this web posting. The Vocation of the Apostles is a fresco by the Italian Renaissance painter Domenico Ghirlandaio, executed in 1481–1482 and located in the Sistine Chapel, Rome. It depicts the Gospel narrative of Jesus Christ calling Peter and Andrew to become his disciples.

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How We Do Theology

Members of the Appalachian Riders for Our Lady are encouraged to introduce themselves as theologians. However, we are theologians in the unique style of our order with our work guided by, in addition to the basic character of our order, … Continue reading

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Commitment, Continuity, and Conversation

The particular spirituality of the Appalachian Riders For Our Lady is based on our three foundational principles of commitment, continuity and conversation in addition to the general Catholic evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability adapted to a lay … Continue reading

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Sermons

I’ve listened to, on average, at least one sermon or homily every week for the last forty years. I continue to look forward to: a coherent exposition of the Scriptures, increasing my understanding and actualization of passages with which I … Continue reading

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