Stormfields

Mark Hollis Brought Me Back to Christianity

It was Talk Talk’s final track, “Time it’s Time,” that fully brought me back to my long neglected Christian faith in 1988.  And, with lots of help from some guy I met in Morocco and with hours upon… Read More

The Garden Redeemed: A Quiet Saturday

Joseph of Arimathaea came and took the body away. He was joined by Nicodemus, who brought with him a mixture of myrrh and aloes. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it, with the spices, in strips… Read More

Podcast with John Miller–THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

My great friend and ally, John J. Miller of NR fame, and I had a blast talking all things, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.  30 minutes of us bloviating with enthusiasm, if not wisdom! https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-great-books/episode-28-the-fellowship-of-the-ring-by-j-r-r-tolkien/

The Mythic and Enchanted Childhood of Christopher Dawson (TIC)

Stories of glass and stone—which told of the holy and sainted—convinced young Christopher Dawson that a saint was a saint not because of his or her individual talents, but as a continuation of the deepest longings and desires… Read More

Christopher Dawson on Ireland in the Middles Age, 1932

A rare article, Christopher Dawson’s examination of Ireland and the Middle Ages–or, really, Ireland and the lack of the Middle Ages. Source: “The Dark Ages and Ireland,” STUDIES (June 1932): 259-268. cd ireland and the dark ages 1932

Dawson, “Religion and the Totalitarian State,” 1934

Source: Christopher Dawson, “Religion and the Totalitarian State,” The Criterion 14 (October 1934), 1-26. cd religion and the totalitarian state 1934

Table of Contents, Dublin Review, under Dawson’s Editorship

While this is probably of use only to scholars, it’s worth posting the entire Table of Contents of the DUBLIN REVIEW while under Christopher Dawson’s editorial leadership, 1940-1945.  Many of the name are good ones: Bernanos, Hollis, Tolkien,… Read More

Christopher Dawson, “EDITORIAL NOTE,” 1940–Dublin Review

While not well titled (typically, Dawsonian), the “Editorial Note” served as a vital call to arms for the Catholic Literary Movement of the 20th century.  Much like Russell Kirk’s “Apology for a New Review,” Dawson’s few paragraphs beautifully… Read More

Christopher Dawson, “Claims of Politics,” 1939

One of Christopher Dawson’s many pieces on the dangers of the New Leviathan and the rise of the modern state, something unique in world history, claiming the traditional roles of state as well as church. Source: “The Claims… Read More

Don Briel, Genuine Man of Brilliance and Integrity

As some of you no doubt know, Don Briel–now professor at the University of Mary in North Dakota, after a long career as the founder and fountainhead of the Catholic Studies Program at the University of St. Thomas… Read More

Irving Babbitt’s ON BEING CREATIVE (Full Book)

This was Babbitt’s last published book, ON BEING CREATIVE.  It came out in 1932, and he passed away in the summer of the following year.  As such, it reveals much about the great man’s last thoughts regarding a… Read More

True Educational Reform

  [From a few years ago. . .] As I had mentioned in a previous post, I’m heading to Indianapolis this weekend for a conference on the meaning of liberty and education. One of the finest books I’ve… Read More