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The Mortal Foe of My Children: Where Is It All leading? - Michael D. O'Brien

About forty years ago there began a culture-shift that steadily gathered momentum, a massive influx of children's literature that appeared good on the surface but was fundamentally disordered became the new majority.  Read more...

The Mystery of the Passion of Charles Peguy - Robert Royal

When a true genius is born, nothing in the family or its circumstances allows us to predict the new arrival.  Read more...

The Nativity Story - Frederica Mathewes-Green

The curiosity of the Christmas season has got to be The Nativity Story, a film which presents the story of the Virgin Mary, her betrothal to Joseph, and the birth of Jesus Christ with an utterly straight face. If you thought Hollywood was incapable of approaching Christians without a cattle prod, you’ll be shocked at how circumspect this movie is.  Read more...

The New Gnostic Gospel - Steve Kellmeyer

Hollywood’s dabbling in religion again, and this time, they ain’t ringing The Bells of Saint Mary’s. In the box office hit The Matrix, they’re preaching that old-time religion . . . and we do mean old. The sets and costumes have changed, but the plot, characters and themes are all the same, borrowed from the first century A.D. Gnosticism, that ancient heresy, has come back — to a theater near you!  Read more...

The New Illiteracy - Michael D. O'Brien

The new visual media is pleasurable, but it is a tyrant. While the reader's imagination can select what it wishes to focus on, in electronic visual media the mind is pummeled with powerful stimuli that bypass conscious and subconscious defenses.  Read more...

The No-Nonsense Network - Christopher Willcox

Rita Antoinette Rizzo could not have imagined her improbable future when, as a little girl with a Buster Brown haircut, she sat on the corner of Liberty and 11th Street in Canton, Ohio, conversing with prostitutes and gangsters.  Read more...

The Only Acceptable Bigotry - NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER

Thomas Doherty, a professor of Film Studies at Brandeis University, sees Hollywood's defense of the movie Dogma as another instance of the only acceptable bigotry in American-bigotry against Catholics.  Read more...

The other side of the wardrobe - Rev. Raymond de Souza

Narnia lies just on the other side of the mysterious wardrobe. The Christian imagination is that the mystical and the supernatural lie just on the other side of the ordinary, the mundane, and the natural.  Read more...

The Papacy's Private Papers - Francis X. Rocca

The cleverest thing about this imaginative exhibition in Rome's Capitoline Museums is how it plays on the darkest stereotypes of the Vatican and the Catholic Church in order to draw visitors in — and then points those visitors toward complexity and nuance that the stereotypes obscure.  Read more...

The profound mysteries of why we enjoy music - Paul Johnson

A number of readers have written to me about the essay I wrote on the failure to develop a satisfactory philosophy of music, asking where they could find further information.  Read more...

The Rape of the Masters - Roger Kimball

Colleges and universities used to teach art history to encourage connoisseurship and acquaint students with the riches of our artistic heritage.  Read more...

The Relentless Cult of Novelty - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

For several decades now, writes Nobel prize for literature winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, world literature, music, painting and sculpture have exhibited a stubborn tendency to grow not higher but to the side, not toward the highest achievements of craftsmanship and of the human spirit but toward their disintegration into a frantic and insidious "novelty."  Read more...

The Relevance and Challenge of C. S. Lewis - Mark Brumley

Interest in Lewis is on the upswing, again, especially with the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie and portents of many more in a series of Chronicles of Narnia feature films. What, then, to make of this highly influential, Belfast-born Christian thinker and writer, and his impact on modern Christianity?  Read more...

The Restoration of Christian Storytelling - Michael D. O'Brien

The imagination was originally created to be God's territory, a faculty of man's soul that would help him to comprehend the invisible realities. Though the modern imagination has reverted to the pre-pagan split in consciousness, haunted and malformed by false stories, the territory can be reclaimed.  Read more...

The Right Story - Charles Colson

Early in the new film Walk the Line, opening today, a twelve-year-old Johnny Cash is talking with his adored older brother Jack. Johnny asks how Jack is able to remember all the stories in the Bible. Jack, who wants to be a preacher, responds, “You can’t help people unless you can tell ’em the right stories.”  Read more...

The Sacred Made Real - Mary Eberstadt

To the surprise of no one who has seen it, "The Sacred Made Real" has been celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic since its first appearance in London in 2009.   Read more...

The significance of the order: ‘All hands on deck!’ - Paul Johnson

The importance of the hand is the real link between the workman, the artist and the intellectual.  Read more...

The Sixth Coming of Rocky - John J. Miller

Stallone returns to his religious roots.  Read more...

The Story of Babar and Kin - Meghan Cox Gurdon

The characters in classic children's books have such an emotional permanence that it's easy to forget that once upon a time, before you met them in the nursery, and longer still before you introduced them to your own children, they consisted only of an idea in someone's mind and perhaps a few doodles on a spare bit of paper.  Read more...

The Strange Shipwreck of Robinson Crusoe - PHILIP ZALESKI

The crucial issue and the book's great gift is Defoe's account of how a civilization is born. What transforms chaos into cosmos, survivalism into society, is obedience to God.  Read more...

The Tree of Life - Steven D. Greydanus

Is Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life a pretentious mess or a profound masterpiece?  Read more...

The trouble with Sex and the City's fairy tale ending - Colleen Carroll Campbell

The blockbuster box-office debut last weekend of the Sex and the City movie -- a follow-up to the TV series of the same name -- reinforced the show's reputation as a cultural phenomenon.  Read more...

The Trouble With Harry - John Andrew Murray

By disassociating magic and supernatural evil, it becomes possible to portray occult practices as "good" and "healthy," contrary to the scriptural declaration that such practices are "detestable to the Lord."  Read more...

The Twelve Men - G.K. Chesterton

The other day, while I was meditating on morality and Mr. H. Pitt, I was, so to speak, snatched up and put into a jury box to try people. The snatching took some weeks, but to me it seemed something sudden and arbitrary. I was put into this box because I lived in Battersea, and my name began with a C.  Read more...

The Untouchables - Antoni Cimolino

Why it's blasphemous to alter Shakespeare's words for a modern audience.  Read more...


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