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This article was originally published in the March 2020 issue of Inside the Vatican Magazine.  The crisis began well before Newman. In the seventeenth century, René Descartes released pathogens of skepticism and reductionism into higher learning that ultimately hollowed out its core and destroyed its foundations. The effects of his work and those who came after...
St. Genesius Players A Dramatic Reading of King Lear February 29 and March 1, 2020 6:15pm Magdalen College Free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. May not be appropriate for all ages. Magdalen College 511 Kearsarge Mountain Road Warner, NH 03278 Contact [email protected] for more information. This production is part of our Spring Open...
As part of the ongoing formation for Dignitas Scholars, Dr. Erik van Versendaal, philosophy professor and Assistant Academic Dean at Magdalen College, led a seminar on John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020.   Students unable to attend the March for Life were given opportunities to deepen their understanding of and commitment to...
Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts Friday Night Lecture Series February 7, 7:30p.m. “The Boethius Option” Dr. Anthony Esolen Professor and Writer-in-Residence at Magdalen College On February 7, Anthony Esolen will present a lecture as part of the college’s Friday Night Lecture Series. The lecture will take place at 7:30pm at Magdalen College in the...
Hope for the Church:  Heroic Young Catholics Last week, at the conclusion of our lively discussion of Beowulf, I asked the students in my seminar about the desire of young people for a heroic life.  Do young adults today desire such a life?  Some acknowledged that their peers in the broader culture can be too...
On January 12, students returned for the spring semester, eagerly anticipating the adventures that awaited them within and beyond the classroom.  Returning with them was Dr. Anthony Esolen who completed his first semester at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts.  Dr. Esolen serves as professor and writer-in-residence, teaching in the college’s unique Humanities Sequence and...
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, Catholic Education gave to me … a complete education.   In thinking of this completion, two sets of twelve come to mind (in addition to the completion of the twelve days of Christmas). There are twelve points to the Apostle’s Creed, a complete articulation of the fundamental principles of...
In this series, “A More Complete Education,” we take up key authors, ideas, composers, and artists, who have contributed to the Catholic intellectual tradition and the patrimony of western culture. Topics related to this broad theme also find their place. Articles in this series introduce readers to subjects which are of interest to students from...
It happened in a classroom rather than a Church and it was caused by a man who had consigned popes, including the pope of his own day, to hell. It was the autumn of 1996 and I had enrolled in a course on Dante’s Inferno at a secular “great books” college. Little did I realize...
Magdalen College is delighted to welcome Dr. Erik van Versendaal to serve as a member of the faculty. Dr. van Versendaal–a graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America–will be among four new members of the faculty joining the college this year and will bring both extensive teaching experience...
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