"Flannery O’Connor’s Writing: A Guide for the Perplexed" By Michael Jordan
O’Connor had a very sharp eye and ear for the sights and sounds of her native land. And for me, a native of western North Carolina living in exile in the Midwest, it is a joy to encounter the “Southernness” in her fictional world, despite the fact that this world she presents is often not at all lovely.
“Uniting Faith and Culture: Hans Urs von Balthasar” By John-Peter Pham
There are a number of reasons why it could be said, albeit from different perspectives, that the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905–1988) occupies a unique place among the great thinkers of the twentieth century.
"Jouvenel on Politics and Political Science in America" By Wilson Carey McWilliams
References to the United States are relatively infrequent in Bertrand de Jouvenel’s major works, but America was never far from his thoughts. . . . In On Power, he referred to America as a regime in which Power “has no history” and is limited by local authorities, by a stubbornly independent legislature, by a judiciary “with a penchant for a traditional scheme of individual rights,” and by the fact that the country is inclined to regard those rights as “sacred.”2
"John Henry Newman: The Poetics of Devotion" By Stephen I. Gurney
It is not, however, with Newman’s educational or polemical writings that I am here concerned but rather with that aspect of his devotional life embodied in the Parochial and Plain Sermons which he preached at Oxford between 1828 and 1841. These, in especial, though extolled by T. S. Eliot and admired by Matthew Arnold, are likely to arouse in us a peculiar discomfort.
"'Reverence for the Archetype': The Pragmatic Conservatism of Peter Viereck, III" By Robert J. Lacey
For Viereck, “particularized universality” was realized most readily in art, especially literature. He believed that universal values stem not only from experience but also imagined experience. . . . Great literature stirred the moral imagination, facilitating the discovery and reaffirmation of universal values.
ANAMNESIS WEB ESSAYS
Many readers have been fascinated with Flannery O’Connor as a person and author, perhaps for some of the same reasons I find her so engaging. I wish to mention briefly… Read more »
I. There are a number of reasons why it could be said, albeit from different perspectives, that the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905–1988) occupies a unique place among… Read more »
Editorial Note: We are pleased to republish this analysis of Bertrand de Jouvenel by the late Wilson Carey McWilliams; however, we do so with the prefatory qualification that there are… Read more »
I The works of John Henry Newman have virtually disappeared in today’s universities with the exception, perhaps, of colleges in Oxford or those associated with the Church of Rome. Clearly… Read more »
Editorial Note: Please also consider Parts I and II of this essay. “The Aristocratic Spirit” For Viereck, “particularized universality” was realized most readily in art, especially literature. He… Read more »