A Defense of "Culture Wars": A Call for Counterrevolutionby Peter Kreeft. If you agree that America isn"t working and want to know why and how to fix it, please read this chapter. Peter Kreeft begins by explaining how what is being ignored in our education and degraded in our entertainment are the moral values that every civilized society in history has believed in: things like self-discipline, character, loyalty, family, civility, courtesy, gentlemanliness, and womanliness.
American Centuryby Russell Shaw. Pope Leo XIII warned that American culture could prove deadly to the faith. 100 years later, it turns out he was right to be worried. (from Our Sunday Visitor, 24 January 1999)
Are Christians Intolerant?by Michael O'Brien. How very difficult it is to resist an entire culture, and especially for children to do so, because it is a right and good thing for children to grow into awareness of being members of a broader community.
Are Christians Prepared for Persecution?by James Hitchcock. The single greatest enemy of a vibrant Christianity in the United States is not its proclaimed opponents but the deep, seemingly ineradicable complacency of its own adherents.
Law and the Constitutionby James Hitchcock. There has been a genuine revolution in judicial thinking in the United States since World War II, one which has moved relentlessly to replace the Christian foundations of the United States with a new secular creed. The schools have in the past and continue in the present to be the principle battleground of this struggle.
Mr. Giuliani Knows What He Doesn't Likeby Roger Kimball . We suffer today from a peculiar form of moral anaesthesia based on the delusion that by calling something "art" we thereby purchase for it a blanket exemption from moral criticism: As if being art automatically rendered all other considerations--considerations of morals, manners, taste--beside the point.
Relentless Cult of Novelty And How It Wrecked the Centuryby Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. In the 20th century the necessary equilibrium between tradition and the search for the new has been repeatedly upset by a falsely understood notion that denigrating the past is often deemed to be the key to progress, writes Nobel prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.