Two Voices, G.K. Chesterton (A reading)

One of my all-time favorite passages from G.K. Chesterton.  “Two Voices” from THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL (1904).  This one from Chapter III of the Dover edition (1991).  

A Conservative Reflection on the 2016 Presidential Election

  A brief version of this appeared at  A huge thank you to ISI for soliciting it.  Below is the director’s cut. *** As another presidential election cycle comes to a conclusion and a new one already… Read More

My Conversation with President Mohler

Last week, I had the great privilege of speaking with President Albert Mohler (Southern Baptist Theological Seminar) about conservatism, Russell Kirk, politics, culture, and religion.  One of the best interviews I’ve ever had.  Thank you so much, Dr…. Read More

BookTV Interview: Birzer on Russell Kirk (Full Video)

Intro to the Medieval World (Full Lecture)

Still booking through western civilization–but on schedule, amazingly enough.  Here is the first lecture on the Medieval period.  Or, perhaps more accurately, why you should never call the Middle Ages, “dark.”  Here’s hoping you agree.  

Martyrdom and the Early Church (Full Lecture)

Aristotle and Alexander: Western Heritage Lecture 13

If you’re looking for Lecture 12, my sincere apologies–I had a messup with the recorder.  So, sadly, it only recorded about 3 seconds of the lecture.  I’d post it, but it’s kind of a boring 3 seconds.  Here’s… Read More

Plato’s God

A short, 30 minute lecture/discussion as I gave the first quiz of the semester.  The course lecture involved Plato’s understanding of the divine.  Enjoy.

Lecture 9: Socrates, Part II

Continuing with Socrates, focusing on the purpose and deeper meaning (here’s hoping!) of THE CRITO. Western Heritage, Lecture 9.

Quick and Dirty Guide to Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

Key concepts of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle (very hard to separate the three, one from another) Socrates (469-399b.c.); Plato (ca. 427-ca. 347b.c.); and Aristotle (385-322 b.c.) Teacher-student-student relationship Came at the very end of their civilization—but tied to… Read More

Western Heritage Lecture 8: Introducing Socrates

I needed to devote the first 22 or so minutes of class to “how to write a liberal arts essay,” so the actual lecture on Socrates is very short.  My apologies.  You might want to skip ahead 20… Read More

Gleaves Whitney on Stephen Tonsor

If you’re not had a chance yet, please make sure you check out Gleaves Whitney’s series of essays, reminiscences, and vignettes regarding his graduate school advisor, Stephen Tonsor. Though more or less forgotten now (as so many of… Read More