Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran

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Martin Cothran is the editor of Classical Teacher magazine, published by Memoria Press, and the director of the Classical Latin School Association.

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The Lost Scrolls Lying at Our Feet

In 79 A.D., the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in eastern Italy covered nearby towns in ash and completely buried many of them. One of the towns that was buried in the eruption was Herculaneum, which at the time was a popular vacation spot...

Was Stephen Hawking Really Just a Computer?

Stephen Hawking once pronounced that he thought he was little more than a computer and that, because of this, he was unafraid to die. “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife...

Prominent Magazine Ranks America as a ‘Flawed Democracy’

The Economist magazine recently issued a study purporting to compare countries on the basis of how democratic they are. The U.S. ended up ranked as a “flawed democracy.” In one sense this is absolutely true. As great as America is, it will always...

The 5 Best Books on Education

There are a lot of books on education, but few that are very good. Here are five books that cut to the chase of what education is and how it should be done:   1) Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture, by Werner Jaeger. Jaeger was a...

How Shirley Temple Responded to Sexual Harassment

Shirley Temple was probably the greatest child star, not only of her generation, but of any generation. She was not just popular, she was phenomenally, outrageously popular. No one hadn't heard of her. Of course, her popularity was at its...

What the 'Jesus Never Existed' Folks Often Overlook

Every Christmas, we get a spate of articles from major newspapers and magazines with titles such as "Who was the real Jesus?" or "Who was the Historical Jesus," or, "The Virgin Birth of Jesus: Fact or Fable?" Surely they have run out of novel...

Charles Schulz's Pushback Against Secularism

We often think of the secularization of Christmas as a very recent thing. But its origins go back to the nineteenth century with the writing of “The Night Before Christmas,” and the Thomas Nast version of Santa Claus: the jolly, plump, white-bearded...

40 Million Americans Are Living in Poverty? FALSE

According to Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, there is very little that is good about America. Alston recently released a statement chock full of misleading statistics that are being...

The Schizophrenic Nature of Gender Ideology

It’s hard for an impartial observer to make sense of the arguments about what it is that “makes people gay”… or transgender… or pansexual… or bigender… or genderqueer… or whatever other genders the ideologically fertile imaginations of today’s...

What Happens When You Think

Jacques Maritain (1882-1973) was one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century. He was a French philosopher known for his adherence to the philosophy of the medieval Christian philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas. Maritain had a lot of...

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