More than twenty years on from the publication of ‘Bowling Alone,’ Robert Putnam’s analysis of the importance of community remains essential.
The decline of the Irish Catholic Church in numerical terms is not going to slow down any time soon, and so it is time for its leaders to consider what this means in terms of physical infrastructure.
In attacking Catholic schools in the Six Counties, Michael D. Higgins joins a strange coalition of progressives and unionists, none of whom like the fact that Catholic schools clearly outperform their secular counterparts.
Many regard ‘Brideshead Revisited’ as Waugh’s greatest work, but in his famous war trilogy, he achieves something which is arguably more impressive.
George Orwell’s writing is timeless, particularly due to his insights on revolution, politics and religion.
Di Giovanni offers a tragic account of the vanishing of the Middle East’s Christians.
An examination of two recent books on meritocracy – one of which is very supportive, and the other which is sceptical – helps to understand the issue in all its complexity.
You cannot understand America without understanding American religion. Robert Putnam’s work helps to fill in the gaps.
Robert Putnam’s stunning book on social capital in Italy helped to set him on a course which would contribute so much to how we view community and its importance to societies everywhere.
The history of Catholics in early America provides an example for how a small community can survive, prosper and influence a great nation.
Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy is outstanding, and helps to explain how Ireland changed so significantly in recent decades. This was not a sudden change, as these books and films show.
Sohrab Ahmari’s book focuses on the wisdom and value of tradition.
The well-known political philosopher Fr. Schall provided an interesting overview of the relationship between politics and religious questions.
Religion has shaped all aspects of Western life, including economics, surprisingly.
Thomas Sowell is the greatest intellectual of our times, and this is a fantastic introduction to his work.
You cannot understand black America without understanding the religious institutions which did so much to shape its unique character.
Robert Putnam’s books are always insightful, and here he suggests (improbably) that America may be on course for a revival.
Jordan Peterson offers good advice to those in need of it, particularly the young.
Derek Scally’s book on the loss of faith in Ireland tells us a lot about why this happened so quickly.
The destruction of Turkey’s Christians over three decades is a tragic story which all of us should remember.
Faggioli’s book on Joe Biden is a shallow look at Catholicism in America.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a courageous voice. On this occasion, she addresses the issue of growing violence against women across much of the West.
India will be one of the most important countries in the world over the next century, which is why the growing violence against Christians there is so worrying.
There was no more awful battle than that which occurred at Verdun in 1916. Horne’s book does justice to the memory of those who fell there.
Robert Nisbet’s analysis of the importance of community is what makes this work absolutely essential.
Professor Inglehart knows more about secularisation than virtually everyone else, but his explanations for why it is happening do not add up.
Boris Johnson’s nephew is not a conservative, but he has a first-hand understanding of what drives those of that belief across the West.
An Orthodox priest’s account of the early Christian church does not address the papacy (unsurprisingly), but does help the reader to understand key issues.
‘Mrs. America’ was a brilliant TV show, but only if you can look beyond the malice inherent in the producers’ approach.
Nobody writes like Kevin D. Williamson, and this selection of long essays is simply outstanding.
Dreher’s latest book teaches us much about how Christian dissidents have prevailed in the past.
‘Return of the Strong Gods’ addresses an interesting topic, but in a manner which fails to shine any light on what has been happening.
Adopting the wrong policies on climate action will hurt us in the present, without delivering benefits in the future.
‘Deaths from Despair and the Future of Capitalism’ is yet another in the growing list of books examining increasing social and economic divisions in the United States.
The results of the 2020 General Election tell us one thing clearly – Ireland is moving inexorably to the Left. A socialist government is coming, and will ruin us.
‘A Hidden Life’ is one of the greatest films made in recent years, brought to us by one of the world’s great directors.
What liberals such as those in ‘The Economist’ say about the liberalisation of Ireland is only partially true.
‘The Irishman’ was an extraordinary triumph for Martin Scorsese and three cinematic legends at its heart: De Niro, Pesci and Pacino.
‘Black 47’ was a worthy effort in trying to tell the story of the Irish Famine, but ultimately fell short.
No visit to Mexico is complete without seeing two images which are representative of the competing philosophies which have shaped the Mexico of today: The History of Mexico mural by Diego Rivera and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Sohrab Ahmari’s spiritual memoir takes the reader from Islamic Iran, to a new secular environment in America, all the way to Rome.
Michael Brendan Dougherty’s sentimental look at Irish nationalism means he fails to notice the more serious changes which have been taking place here in recent times.
Tom Holland is an outstanding historian, and his book on how Christianity has shaped Western culture was some of his best work.
Criticism of Poland often comes from those Western liberals who had no substantive problem with the Communist state which used to govern that nation.
Daniel O’Connell was Ireland’s greatest ever political leader. Why does the State broadcaster want to rewrite history to water down his religious beliefs?
You can praise Martin McGuinness for helping to end the IRA’s murderous campaign, but it is wrong to suggest that he and his comrades were not the key driving force in perpetuating the conflict in the North for decades.
A closer inspection of the Irish media’s coverage of the 1983 abortion referendum shows that a certain rot had already set in.
Rod Dreher is a prophetic voice regarding Christianity in the West. It was a real privilege to sit down and speak with him.
We urgently need a new economic approach, and Oren Cass has some ideas about what policies could deliver for working families.
Eric Kaufmann’s book on immigration and identity is both provocative and absorbing.
Catholic Ireland has collapsed before, most noticeably during the Reformation, when all possessions and privileges were lost. But in the end, the gates of Hell did not prevail against us.
There has been no finer work on how Church and State related to one another in an independent Ireland than Professor Whyte’s fascinating account.
‘Christianity in Ireland’ is a collection of insightful essays about the fascinating history of Christianity in a nation which now pours scorn over its heritage.
Sam Harris is a terrific public intellectual, but his criticism of American Christianity is one-sided.
‘The Strange Death of Europe’ was one of the most important books in recent times, written by one of the bravest men in recent times.
Michael D. Higgins got a very easy ride from Ireland’s journalists when he was running for re-election, but the same journalists were eager to interrogate those who dared to challenge our socialist monarch.
Ireland changed forever when abortion became legal. It was a choice of the nation, and one which will cause enormous harm in the coming decades.
Creed II was another brilliant component of a truly great film saga. It had a deeper meaning beyond pugilism, though, and this is worth considering.
The Presidential Election of 2018 was certainly interesting. Here is a recap of how the contenders performed, but not how they polled…
Apparently, you can serve Socialism and Mammon, and Michael D. Higgins has been doing just that for quite some time. At the taxpayer’s expense, naturally.
Rod Dreher’s book, ‘The Benedict Option,’ was one of the most important books on religion written in recent years. Here is why.
Sex-selective abortions have become common in many parts of the world, and are increasingly practiced in the UK and elsewhere in the West as well. Will they be part of Ireland’s future too?
University isn’t for everyone, and it is time we realised that and gave every young person a choice in how to further their career options and make their way in the world.
The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland provoked the worst kind of bigotry among those who are incapable of detecting their own prejudice.
Some politicians would like to expand gender quotas, but a sensible policy would be to scrap the quotas we have and move to a system based on equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.
The Algerian War scarred both Algeria and France forever. The echoes of the conflict still reverberate through French life, as seen in this election campaign.
Charles de Gaulle was one of the greatest statesmen in history, and in writing ‘A Certain Idea of France,’ Julian Jackson has given us a truly great biography.
‘Bad News’ provides an in-depth examination of what has gone wrong with American journalism, and why those responsible for fixing the problems have a vested interest in ignoring them.