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Benjamin Trull

Books, Books, Everywhere… but What on Earth to Read? (Part 2)

A few months ago, I posed a question: how do you decide what to read in an age saturated with options? I suggested some habits to avoid, such as reading with urgency and a too simplistic love of beauty. But don’ts are only so helpful. What should we do to become abler readers in the 21st century?

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Books, Books, Everywhere… but What on Earth to Read? (Part 2)

A few months ago, I posed a question: how do you decide what to read in an age saturated with options? I suggested some habits to avoid, such as reading with urgency and a too simplistic love of beauty. But don’ts are only so helpful. What should we do to become abler readers in the 21st century?

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A Classical Education Creed

Classical educators agree on the ends of liberal education, namely, the possession of the true, good, and beautiful, wisdom, and the development of the intellectual and imaginative powers that enable their attainment. But the pedagogical means to these ends are less obvious. Here is an attempt to set out a set of principles and claims regarding these means, with an eye to the ends we all agree on.

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The Redemptive Suffering of Motherhood in Kristin Lavransdatter

Through the mystery of the Incarnation, the divide between the physical and spiritual is mended as the physical is elevated through its relation to the eternal. In order for Kristin to be saved then, she must learn to cling to the mystery of the Incarnation, mending the divide between her will and God’s. This is no easy task, for the Incarnation necessitates the Cross.

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Lapsarian Literature: Lampedusa’s Leopard

It is by no means a happy book, but it is a beautiful one and one well worth the time to savor every sentence. To shore our ruins, we must read the heroes and their funeral orations: of Achilles and of Fabrizio. For, like them, we see the inevitable coming.

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Hunchback Nation

In our decadent age, many perceive any duty or constraints on our immediate pleasure as burdens bending our backs to the ground, yet we stand no straighter when we shrug our burdens onto others. 

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Sunday Obligation

He greets the Sabbath like most other days bleary and bold, chews his toast until it’s cold then half puts on his pants and sweater

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On Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri

With its incredible synthesis of history, emotion, and man’s desire to make beautiful things for God, may it be a fruitful inspiration for our contemplative life, especially during this Lenten season.

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Liberal Arts and Illiberal Artifacts

If by “essay” is understood, au fond, an artifact, an intellectual property, then undergraduate plagiarism is a kind of conversion or unauthorized, unacknowledged use of another’s property, namely, as a token in exchange for course credit, and (cumulatively) for what is called a credential.  Into this context, ChapGPT enters as the unsettling emergence of the custom, counterfeit artifact, pawn of a “plagiarism” sans conversion of anyone’s intellectual property, and thus de facto proof against conventional source-searching, to boot. That context, however familiar, belongs to the illiberal academy, trading in illiberal artifacts, that is, trading in academic commodities, things with conventional uses, instrumental goods.  It should be no surprise if students, evading inconvenient convention, seek instrumental goods without the trouble of confecting them. That latter possibility, as Aristotle noted long ago, is the mark of such goods.

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How Wonder Will Set You Free

After Plato and Aristotle, Judeo-Christian revelation disclosed to us that we are persons, created in the image and likeness of God, and that we are called to be with Him. Christian revelation discloses to us that Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, is Truth-in-person, and that the world is a sign, a sacrament, of the love and truth of the Trinity. Our ultimate vocation is the beatific vision of the Trinity. 

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Plato's Republic

PLATO’S REPUBLIC

The Republic is the most complete attempt by Plato to articulate and answer the question, “What is the best way of life for a human being?” It is

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