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Quotables: Alexander Schmemman’s “For the Life of the World”

Alexander Schmemman (1921-1983), ordained to the priesthood in 1946, gradually becoming one of most influential Orthodox theologians of the 20th century. He served as a teacher and dean at St. Vladimir’s Seminary until his death, was an official Orthodox observer of the Second Vatican Council, and helped to establish the Orthodox Church in America in …

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Quotables: Robert Nisbet

“Robert Nisbet was never a friend of centralization, militarism, and absolutism, whether royalist or democratic.” Joseph R. Stromberg In The Quest for Community, Robert Nisbet (1913-1996) pursued the idea of decentralized, natural social orders as an antidote to the isolation and despair engendered by the modern (and often abstract) nation-state. Only within the context of …

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Quotable: T.S. Eliot on Poetry and the Poet

Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) remains a timeless voice of wisdom in the midst of the self-destruction of post-Great War modernity. Fusing the disciplined anti-romanticism of his teacher Irving Babbitt with the provocative Imagist power of his mentor and friend Ezra Pound, Eliot forged a poetic oeuvre that reflected the complexities of the modern age with …

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