Beatification of Jane Austen

David Goodhew, a visiting fellow of St. Johns College, Durham University and vicar of St. Barnabas Church, Middlesbrough, makes a case for why Anglicans should beatify Jane Austen. Here is his conclusion: Yes, formal beatification is not the Anglican way; but informal beatification happens all the time in our tradition. Anglicans lionize the faith of …

The Plague by Albert Camus

I invited Matthew Jordan, a friend and former student, to join everyone else, it seems, in reading Albert Camus' The Plague (1947), a novel with prescient warning and penetrating insight for our time of coronavirus. The Plague is what I call existentially urgent reading. Here is a description from the publisher: A haunting tale of human resilience …

Plague literature

Never once did I think I would read plague literature under the foolish assumption that such things do not occur in the modern world, which Albert Camus satirizes in his novel The Plague. Here is the exchange between two doctors who are confronting a new and deadly form of bacillus in the port town of Oran, Algeria: …

What shall I fear?

We are living in a time of fear — the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, the threat of economic hardship, the civil unrest from urban riots, the infringement of religious freedom after rulings of judicial activism in the U. S. Supreme Court, and damaging polarization in a presidential election year. All this raises the question: …

American conservatism

In his introduction to American Conservatism: Reclaiming an Intellectual Tradition, the editor, Andrew J. Bacevich, argues: "Conservatism is more akin to an ethos or a disposition than to a fixed ideology." Reviewing this volume of writings in National Review, Daniel J. Mahoney adds: In fact, the most penetrating conservative thinkers have always insisted on conservatism as …