Literature

Schools Once Taught Biblical Literacy. Should They Do So Again?

Schools Once Taught Biblical Literacy. Should They Do So Again?

Its contributions to cultural literacy make a pretty strong case.

G.K. Chesterton: Women Shouldn't Pursue Careers?

G.K. Chesterton: Women Shouldn't Pursue Careers?

"I do not deny that women have been wronged and even tortured; but I doubt if they were ever tortured so much as they are tortured now by the absurd modern attempt to make them domestic empresses and competitive clerks at the same time."

Genetics—Not Fancy Schools—Largely Determine Academic Success, Study Finds

Genetics—Not Fancy Schools—Largely Determine Academic Success, Study Finds

The surrounding environment has less to do with it than we've been told.

Leo Tolstoy Believed Life Was Meaningless. This Changed His Mind.

Leo Tolstoy Believed Life Was Meaningless. This Changed His Mind.

In his autobiographical book A Confession, Leo Tolstoy described the nihilistic beliefs that haunted him.

Can American Students Be Ready for College When They Read at an 8th Grade Level?

Can American Students Be Ready for College When They Read at an 8th Grade Level?

Simply instilling basic literacy in students is not enough.

10 Books You Need to Read Before Graduation

10 Books You Need to Read Before Graduation

“If you don’t read good books, you will read bad ones,” C. S. Lewis writes.

Why So Many Lovers Don’t ‘Grow Old with Me’

Why So Many Lovers Don’t ‘Grow Old with Me’

Has culture bought into a lie about truly romantic love?

Should Schools Purge Literary Classics From Reading Lists Because Students Feel 'Uncomfortable'?

Should Schools Purge Literary Classics From Reading Lists Because Students Feel 'Uncomfortable'?

One of Minnesota’s largest school districts became the latest to pull two literary classics from its curriculum—'To Kill a Mockingbird' and 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'—citing student discomfort with the works.

Bended-Knee Proposals: Reconsidering the Tradition

Bended-Knee Proposals: Reconsidering the Tradition

Does the bended-knee proposal give a distorted view of marriage?

Why You Should Read and Write Poetry

Why You Should Read and Write Poetry

Writing poetry will help you engage with your emotions in a smart way, and that will help you know yourself and understand others.

8 Characteristics of a Rational Soul

8 Characteristics of a Rational Soul

Nearly two thousand years ago, a well-known philosopher laid out the characteristics that make up a rational person. 

7 Timeless Life Lessons from Marcus Aurelius

7 Timeless Life Lessons from Marcus Aurelius

Wise was he. (So spend five minutes on his couch.)

Why One Inner City College is Bringing Back Plato

Why One Inner City College is Bringing Back Plato

Instead of teaching woke literature that’s social justice compatible, the college is teaching Plato.

Can Something Be 'Good' or 'Great', Even If You Hate It?

Can Something Be 'Good' or 'Great', Even If You Hate It?

In our relativistic society, most people today would say "no". 

Why We Should Resist the Urge to Shame People into Conformity

Why We Should Resist the Urge to Shame People into Conformity

Actress Blanca Blanco is taking heat for wearing a red dress to the Golden Globes on Sunday, instead of the color selected to show solidarity with the #MeToo movement.

Ben Franklin’s 5 Secrets to Successful Friendships

Ben Franklin’s 5 Secrets to Successful Friendships

As one of America's earliest diplomats, Franklin had firsthand experience in gaining and maintaining valuable friendships.

Dueling: Time to bring it back?

Dueling: Time to bring it back?

If we want honor to make a comeback in our culture, it does come at a price.

Why Schools Should Reconsider Abandoning This One Simple Subject

Why Schools Should Reconsider Abandoning This One Simple Subject

Are we denying students an important key toward future success?

Why So Many American Children Respect Nothing
Writing Tips From Stephen King: 11 things every writer should know

Writing Tips From Stephen King: 11 things every writer should know

Stephen King on the craft and business of writing. 

'A Christmas Carol' Teaches Key Lessons in the Christian Vocation

'A Christmas Carol' Teaches Key Lessons in the Christian Vocation

Charles Dickens’ story reminds us that our celebrations of Christ’s birth ought to stretch into all that we do.

Massachusetts Adopted Common Core – and It’s Beginning to Show

Massachusetts Adopted Common Core – and It’s Beginning to Show

Unless schools begin grounding students in timeless knowledge, will we increasingly see passion backed by a lack of reason and a decline of rational discourse?

Did Christians Destroy the Classical World?

Did Christians Destroy the Classical World?

Author Catherine Nixey offers a history worth reading the 'The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World.'

Why Euphemisms Are Ubiquitous in Politics

Why Euphemisms Are Ubiquitous in Politics

Euphemisms build walls around political tribes and inhibit actual communication. 

Who will read in the future?

Who will read in the future?

Facebook is betting that video will kill text within 5 years.

J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex and Love

J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex and Love

J.R.R. Tolkien learned some things about human nature, sex and love during and following his love affair with wife Edith Bratt. Here are eight observations.

The Glorious Inefficiency of Local Bookstores

The Glorious Inefficiency of Local Bookstores

Like its cousin the public library, the bookstore once connoted the posture of reflective quiet that digesting a good book requires. No longer.

Why We Shouldn't Confuse Philanthropy and Welfare

Why We Shouldn't Confuse Philanthropy and Welfare

Friedrich Hayek was right to voice caution against using coercion to achieve a 'greater good'.

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