Dinner with Socrates, No. 8 ~ Herd Much?

Reading: “Live Not by Lies” Alexander Solzhenitsyn Overview: I was brought to this essay by Solzhenitsyn by way of the essay ofPatrick Deneen at First Things as commented upon by Rod Dreher at the American Conservative, both written in response to the recent imposition of “gay marriage” upon the land in the Obergefell v. Hodges …

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Dinner with Socrates, No. 7 ~ What is Dogma For?

Reading: “Dogma: What is it?” by James V. Schall, S. J. Overview: Father Schall is a contemporary, Catholic, political philosopher who is well known for his popular essays.  These often appear in journals like Crisis, The Catholic Thing, and The Imaginative Conservative (all worth reading for their other authors, as well).  He is a Jesuit, …

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Dinner with Socrates, No. 6 ~ What is Death?

Reading:  Hamlet by William Shakespeare Overview: Shakespeare needs little introduction.  “The Bard,” as we sometimes call him, stands at the fore of the first rank of writers of drama and poetry in English, at least.   It is difficult to compare literature from different languages without a deep fluency in the languages …

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