Hey Buddy, Can You Spare an Enthymeme?

Hey Buddy, Can You Spare an Enthymeme?

Logic as a Liberal Art: An Introduction to Rhetoric and Reasoning by R. E. Houser. The Catholic University of America Press, 2020. Paperback, 488 pages, $35. Reviewed by Casey Chalk We love to talk about logic. Or, more precisely, we love to project ourselves as being...
The Secular Myth

The Secular Myth

Western Culture Today and Tomorrow: Addressing the Fundamental Issues by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Ignatius Press, 2019. Paperback, 170 pages, $17. Reviewed by Casey Chalk An old friend of mine recently declared that individual American citizens cannot advocate...
An Invaluable Bit of Aquinas

An Invaluable Bit of Aquinas

The Human Person: A Beginner’s Thomistic Psychology by Steven J. Jensen. The Catholic University of America Press, 2018. Paperback, 296 pages, $35. Reviewed by Casey Chalk How would our society be different if all Americans had just a little bit of Thomas Aquinas?...
A New Apologetic

A New Apologetic

Steadfast in Faith: Catholicism and the Challenges of Secularism by David G. Bonagura, Jr. Cluny Media, 2019. Paperback, 308 pages, $19.95. Reviewed by Casey Chalk “When the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” This question, asked by Jesus and recorded in...
Create Your Own Tradition?

Create Your Own Tradition?

The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction by Justin Whitmel Earley. IVP Books, 2019. Paperback, 204 pages, $18. Reviewed by Casey Chalk “There is nothing new except what has been forgotten,” observed Marie Antoinette. Many such forgotten things that...
Citizens of the World

Citizens of the World

The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna. Naval Institute Press, [1962] 2001. Paper, 624 pages, $26. Reviewed by Casey Chalk This October marked the one-year anniversary of the release of Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle, an American/Canadian couple captured by the Taliban...
The Unexpected Political Philosopher

The Unexpected Political Philosopher

Faith and Politics: Selected Writings by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). Ignatius Press, 2018. Paperback, 269 pages, $19. Reviewed by Casey Chalk Poor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The retired pope isn’t even dead yet, and pundits speak endlessly of his legacy....
The Price of the Peculiar Institution

The Price of the Peculiar Institution

Unrequited Toil: A History of United States Slavery by Calvin Schermerhorn. Cambridge University Press, 2018. 264 pages; hardcover, $100; paperback, $25. Reviewed by Casey Chalk On a recent trip to the Tidewater region of Virginia to visit family, my appreciation for...

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