Themes

2018

The Body

The human body—the “thing” that accompanies us wherever we go—is central to most of the burning questions in our culture’s collective mind. The body is just there. And, for that very reason, we are putting it to the test as we reject, starve, exploit, re-build—chemically, surgically, digitally, cybernetically—and finally incinerate it. Though we have been at this for centuries, what has become clearer in recent years is that the dominion of nature at large has at last become the dominion of our incarnate nature. This four-part series addresses major contemporary issues concerning the body, including pornography, virtual reality, beauty, cremation, gender identity, sexuality, infertility, courtship and dating, as well as suffering, illness and death. 

2017

Work

This four-part series begins with a reflection on what work is, and continues--in the second issue--with looking at the link between work and vocation, whether this be marriage or religious life. The third issue will speak to the idea of good work and true rest, while the fourth and last addresses the question of work and justice.

2016

Ecology

 Man is at once a part of nature and its steward, and natural ecology and “human ecology” therefore stand or fall together. This four-part series explores major themes in the contemporary ecological debate: man’s relationship with his environment, the land he was instructed to “till and keep”; animals, which can either be companions or dinner; the relationship we have with “stuff” and whether we have too much of it; and the place of the body in creation.

2013

Home and Family

The family home is the place where the child is brought up. It is where he or she is first introduced to reality, beginning with the reality of familial relations themselves and their primacy with respect to the State and the Market. In this three-part series, we look at the current challenges to the home as a place of life, nourishment, education, play, work, even industry. We look at motherhood and work, technology in the home, and the growing suburban isolation of the home.

2015

Education

This four-part series takes up what Benedict XVI called the “emergency” of education. A child of course, has to be brought up, and led out (e-ducare) into the world. But what does this mean against the dominant backdrop of calling into question the essential features of childhood, including, especially now, the fact of being a boy or a girl? What exactly is the child’s relation to the world, and how exactly is that relation mediated by the “first educators” of the child? What then, does it mean to be schooled in the disciplines? Is education merely “vocational training” or training in a vocation, and learning how to be awakened by (called by) reality in its many fascinating dimensions? Finally, what is the place of technology in education at all its levels?