Category Archives: English

Into the Halfway House

One of the most eloquent testimonies I’ve read recently is Michael Rennier’s Into the Half-Way House. Michael received a BA in New Testament Literature from Oral Roberts University in 2002 and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 2006. … Continue reading

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Charity About Differences

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! it is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and … Continue reading

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The Secret Knowledge

Here’s a brief extract from David Mamet’s amusing new book, The Secret Knowledge (p 137): A writer’s life is lived, and, I think, must be lived, in solitude. For it is a dialog with one’s own thoughts, and often, a … Continue reading

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Examined Lives

James Miller describes one path through the history of ideas in his book Examined Lives: from Socrates to Nietzsche. However, as Edward Feser points out in his review in the June/July 2011 First Things, the book places more emphasis upon … Continue reading

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Polonius Got What He Deserved

Polonius got what he deserved when, hiding behind the curtain in the queen’s bedchamber, he is stabbed by Hamlet. After all, while “this above all, To Thy Own Self Be True” maybe be natural for a sixteen year old seeking … Continue reading

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Gerard Manley Hopkins

Back to Beauty’s Giver The poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins read by Richard Austin

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Christ in the Church

A sermon by John Henry Newman, from volume 6 of Parochial and Plain sermons (on the topic of this sermon, see Douglas Farrow’s Ascension and Ecclesia):   The Spiritual Presence of Christ in the Church  “A little while, and ye … Continue reading

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