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Rallying the Really Human Things - The Moral Imagination in Politics, Literature, and Everyday Life

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Catalog Code: 9781932236507

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"In this eloquent and substantive book, Guroian uses the light of the past to point the way to a more human and civilized future."
Michael Medved, radio host and author of Right Turns

"Guroian is a rare and precious bird these days: a scholar of the Real. Here he focuses his moral passion and theologian’s mind on some of today’s most smoldering issues."
Kevin Ryan, Professor Emeritus, Boston University

"Vigen Gurorian's courageous and discerning vision illuminates both current issues of burning importance (campus promiscuity, nationalism, and gay marriage, for example), and major Christian thinkers of the recent past (Chesterton, O'Connor, and Kirk). This compendium is a resource that will help us all see more clearly."
Frederica Mathewes-Green, columnist for Beliefnet.com and author of The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation

"These eloquent and wide-ranging essays in the moral imagination establish Vigen Guroian as our own Chesterton. For with fine Chestertonian wit, he demonstrates that the modern West is not heinously wicked so much as it is wildly virtuous, as the old Christian virtues, uprooted from their native theological soil, continue to produce mad sprouts. Responding astringently to the cultural and religious vexations of our age, Guroian restores these saving virtues to the deep loam of Christian tradition."
Ralph Wood, University Professor of Theology and Literature, Baylor University

"Rallying the Really Human Things does not so much inform as remind. Vigen Guroian has busied himself with one of the most pressing tasks in our intellectual life, which is to rescue the dignified word "humanism" from the damage wrought upon it by both the secularly self-sufficient and the piously ignorant."
Tracy Lee Simmons, author of Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin

"Professor Guroian’s book is both a powerful and provocative defense of traditional Christian humanism in its conflict with secularism."
Bob Cheeks, intellectualconservative.com

"Of course, this review hasn't even mentioned excellent essays on 'gay marriage' and why businessmen 'should read great literture.' There are myriad positions in his pages I would like to sound with trumpets on one hand and anathematize on the other. Like Chesterton, Guroian can write infuriating passages, but never dull ones."
David Paul Deavel, Gilbert Magazine

 

For Vigen Guroian, contemporary culture is distinguished by its relentless assault on the moral imagination. In the stories it tells us, in the way it has degraded courtship and sexualized our institutions of higher education, in the ever-more-radical doctrines of human rights it propounds, and in the way it threatens to remake human nature via biotechnology, contemporary culture conspires to deprive men and women of the kind of imagination that Edmund Burke claimed allowed us to raise our perception of our own human dignity, or to "cover the defects of our own naked shivering nature."

In Rallying the Really Human Things, Guroian combines a theologian's keen sensitivity to the things of the spirit with his immersion in the works of Burke, Russell Kirk, G. K. Chesterton, Flannery O'Connor, St. John Chrysostom, and other exemplars of the religious humanist tradition to diagnose our cultural crisis. But he also points the way towards a culture more solicitous of the "really human things," the Chesterton phrase from which he takes his title. Guroian's wide-ranging analysis of these times provides a fresh and inimitable perspective on the practices and mores of contemporary life.

Chapters Include:

  • G. K. Chesterton: Rallying the Really Human Things
  • Flannery O’Connor: The Iconographic Imagination
  • Russell Kirk: Christian Humanism and Conservatism
  • On Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination
  • The Lost Children
  • On the Office of Being a Good Son or Daughter
  • The Virgin and the Ivy
  • The American College and the Strange Death of Dating
  • Biotechnology and the Future of Our Humanity
  • Why Should Businessmen Read Great Literature?
  • The Narrative of Freedom
  • Human Rights and Modern Western Faith


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Bl. Jacinta Marto

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 02/20


Patron Of: Bodily Ills, Captives, people ridiculed for their piety, Prisoners, Sick People, Sickness

Memorial
    20 February

Profile

    Youngest visionary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.

Beatified

    9 April 2000 by Pope John Paul II

Canonized

    pending

Patronage

    bodily ills
    captives
    people ridiculed for their piety
    prisoners
    sick people
    sickness


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St. John Chrysostom

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 09/13


Patron Of: Against Epilepsy, Constantinople, Istanbul, Speakers, Lecturers, Orators, Preachers

Also known as
    Greatest of the Greek Fathers
    Golden-Mouth
    Giovanni Crisostomo

Profile
    John's father died when he was young, and he was raised by a very pius mother. Well educated; studied rhetoric under Libanius, one of the most famous orators of his day. Monk. Preacher and priest for a dozen years in Syria. While there he developed a stomach ailment that troubled him the rest of his life.

    It was for his sermons that John earned the title "Chrysostom" (golden mouthed). They were always on point, they explained the Scriptures with clarity, and they sometimes went on for hours. Made a reluctant bishop of Constantinople in 398, a move that involved him in imperial politics. Criticized the rich for not sharing their wealth, fought to reform the clergy, prevented the sale of ecclesiastical offices, called for fidelity in marriage, encouraged practices of justice and charity.

    Archbishop and Patriarch of Constantinople. Revised the Greek Liturgy. Greek Father of the Church. Proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 451.

    John's sermons caused nobles and bishops to work to remove him from his diocese; twice exiled from his diocese. Banished to Pythius, and died on the way.

Born
    c.347 at Antioch, Asia Minor

Died
    407



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