The Catholic Historical Imagination

The Catholic Historical Imagination

Restoring the Catholic Historical Imagination” — my title for this paper — is itself problematic. Why should anyone want to restore an imagination of history, that record of what J.R.R. Tolkien called “the long defeat”? At first glance, ancient history...
Teachers as Assessors

Teachers as Assessors

In a series of imagined dialogues, Blessed John Henry Newman, one the greatest authors of nineteenth century England, gave an account of his University’s entrance tests. These oral examinations sought to determine how well potential university students could read the...

J. Henri Fabre: Poet of Science

Scientist Jean Fabre (1823-1915) seems out of place in our time and in his own. He was a scientist more in the mold of Henry David Thoreau than Louis Pasteur or Niels Bohr. Here is a man who made a home in a nearly uninhabitable plot of land overrun by insects and...