A lingering vestige of the Cold War between the United States and Russia includes what could be called a 'reflexive bi-polarism;' a simplistic and crude reduction that caricatures not only Russia's political role in the world today, but its history, culture, and people. It's an unfortunate and impoverishing state of affairs. Gary Saul Morson sees through that. Drawing on … [Read more...] about How The Great Truth Dawned
Philosophy & Theology
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The world lost one of its finest, most original, and most independent thinkers with the repose of Sir Roger Scruton last weekend. Sir Roger was also a friend of "Another City;" we featured several of his articles, and we were proud to have him as an early subscriber to this journal. In his memory, we offer a video presentation in which he discusses what was perhaps his most … [Read more...] about Why Beauty Matters
Pagan antiquity, writes Fr. Stephen De Young, often portrayed a world in chaos. Ancient gods were viewed as fighting monstrous creatures of chaos, a kind of primordial being represented by natural forces — the "elemental spirits of the world" as St. Paul put it — against which the battle for order had to be won. Contrast this with the writings of the Old … [Read more...] about Theophany and River Gods: What Are the Strange Figures on the Theophany Icon?
We have come from afar to venerate the infant Christ — not from the land of the wise men but out of the darkness of our own souls, out of the murk of sinfulness. We have been guided by the miraculous star that has risen within us, obeying its mysterious and powerful call. We have seen from afar the radiant manger and the heavenly glow above it, but we have found the … [Read more...] about We Have Come from Afar: A Christmas Oration