Feast of St Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria
Further Evidence for the Family Factor: Weakened Families Stop Transmitting Christianity
After providing three chapters’ worth of evidence for her theory (see Part 2), Eberstadt offers four additional chapters and a conclusion that works out its implications.
Chapter six explores how churches in the West contributed to their own decline by ignoring the family factor. In other words, Eberstadt suggests, by accepting...
Feast of St Philip the Apostle
Marriage and Fertility: Engines for Faith
Following a survey of the secularization thesis, Eberstadt offers three chapters in defense of her “family factor” theory. She begins by arguing for empirical links among marriage, childbearing, and religiosity. Her argument begins with an article by W. Bradford Wilcox (“As the Family Goes,” First Things 173) in which he offers three reasons why church attendance is connected to...
Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel & Barachiel
Secularization Theory: Dead or Alive?
If the sociologist Jan Swyngedouw could look back from 1979 at the sheer volume of what had been written on secularization in the 1960s and 1970s and “find it difficult to suppress a certain feeling of ‘indigestion,’” what are we to conclude over five decades into the debate? Swyngedouw...
Feast of St Sisoes the Great
WHAT could be better, higher, more worthy of love and more splendid than Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself...Who is Himself love. Should we not love God above all things, and wish for and seek Him?” [The crowd replied], “Why, that’s obvious, how can we not love God?” And Father Herman responded “I, a poor sinner, have been trying to learn how to love God...
Feast of St Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem
I RECENTLY read two books with very different articulations of masculinity: The Way of Men by Jack Donovan and the book that launched John Eldredge's ministry, Wild at Heart. I want to distill what they share in common, where they differ, and where I fall.
Donovan is a self-confessed atheist who nevertheless draws material and inspiration from religious (often though not exclusively Christian) and Classical...
Feast of the Holy Martyrs Adrian & Natalie
MY NAME IS Nyleen.
I have had to explain who I am to everyone I’ve ever met. For my entire life.
I spell myself, I alliterate and rhyme myself, I assure people that I really DO have a namesake; I’m not just stitched up from old alphabet parts like Frankenstein.
Because my name is Nyleen.
Lately, I changed my Lacy last name...
Feast of the Holy Apostles Archippus, Philemon & Onesimus
IN THE NAME of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
“This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and His Church.” These words were written by the Apostle Paul in the first century concerning marriage to the church community of Ephesus. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church. What, pray...
Feast of the Righteous Fathers Sergius & Herman, Founders of Valaam Monstery
LAST FALL, I attended a wedding for a work friend of my fiancé. It was an unofficiated union for two women who had fallen in love and were deeply committed to each other. In my heart, I wished them well.
But I didn't tell anyone at the time. I didn't want to seem either approving or disapproving; I...