“The Idolatry Of Truth” Real Clear Politics (2023).
“Lee Oser marks out the symptom of a sick culture as that which “gives no shelter for cultivating the mind because it has no interest in non-utilitarian activity.” He decries the culture that tears down a wall “between the contemplative and active life,” for without a “refuge for reflection,” people are unable to dialogue with one another or within themselves. In part, Oser is correct: one can spot an ill society by its reliance on utilitarianism. Yet, overconfidence in the philosophical, lofty, and beautiful also shows spots of an unhealthy people. For there is no wall between the contemplative and active life—it is this very illusion of a wall that has segregated the two enterprises and made people choose unnecessarily between contemplation and action. Whereas, the contemplative life should feed the active, and a rightly-directed active life leads one to long for deeper contemplation.”
“Dorothy L. Sayers’s Scandalous Recasting of the Gospel” Plough (June 2023).
“Let us, in heaven’s name, drag out the divine drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment.”