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On Romantic Literature

By the time Mary Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818—it could be argued her Modern Prometheus was the quintessence of Romantic literature—it would seem the Romantic era was already approaching its zenith. Just 20 years earlier Wordsworth and Coleridge had published… Continue Reading →

Untethered τέχνη

[su_frame class=”guest”][/su_frame]By James Chaisson The polls tell us that we as a collective whole are becoming less religious and less concerned about sacred and holy things, at least in the Western world. At the same time we are becoming more… Continue Reading →

On Speaking Well

  [su_frame class=”guest”][/su_frame]by Christine Norvell In recent years, speaking well has become an educational ideal for graduates at many institutions. Able speakers can convey their thoughts and intents with both ease and confidence. Isocrates, the pre-socratic rhetorician, terms it “assurance.” Unfortunately,… Continue Reading →

Patriotism or Peace? Thomas Merton and the Catholic Church’s Pilgrimage to Pacem in Terris

[su_frame class=”guest”][/su_frame]By John Gillespie, M.Ed., MLA In August, 1945, as the atomic fallout was settling over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the American President Harry Truman announced to a victorious nation: “We thank God that it [the atomic bomb] has come to… Continue Reading →

Groping For God: How the Greeks Anticipated the Coming of Christ

[su_frame class=”guest”][/su_frame]By James Chaisson In the gospel of John, we read about some Greeks who come to Philip and ask to see Jesus. Rumors and news about Christ have been circulating and these men are longing to make his acquaintance…. Continue Reading →

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