Mont Saint Michel with Henry Adams

Henry Adams was an American historian and member of the Adams political family, descended from two U.S. Presidents. In his famous work, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (published I believe in 1904), Adams had some fine things to say about medieval Europe and Christendom. His words definitely challenge us today. In this video I've adjusted different phrases... Continue Reading →

What is Chivalry? (Part 3)

Religion is a word and category that has come under considerable criticism over the last few centuries. And this, not merely by atheists or secularists, but by modern Christians, scholars, pastors and theologians. By and large the effort has been to "freshen-up" the feeling and "face" of Christianity¬†in particular, and make it more amenable to... Continue Reading →

Nature a Temple

I've been thinking a good deal lately about how medieval Christians understood the natural world they lived in. With much of the contemporary discourse on ecological concerns (and even "eco-theology"), I think it is helpful to gather insights from the wisdom of our Christian ancestors. Kenelm Digby, that excellent scholar of medieval Christianity, has unearthed... Continue Reading →

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