Dekalog: Requiem for the Law

In the dispensation of the Old Covenant, God placed the Israelites under the Law as a means of disciplining and chastening a hard-hearted people. The Law under Christ and the dispensation of grace is reconfigured—not abolished, but fulfilled—as it was never an end unto itself, but was always pointing to the One to come. In…

Augusto Del Noce and Our Crisis

The subject of modernity is a well-worn saw among traditionalists and right-wingers. Modernity is the second greatest villain in the trad panoply of baddies after only Satan himself. And not without reason. Once the periodization scheme of antiquity, medieval, and modernity—with the latter being inaugurated by the Protestant Reformation and Enlightenment—is delineated, it’s fairly natural…

Jordan B. Peterson, The Logos, and Free Speech

Today is a rerun from the Thermidor archives. The emergence of Jordan B. Peterson into the media spotlight of North America has been a very welcome phenomenon. Thrust there by the controversy surrounding his objecting to the aspects of Canada’s Federal Bill C16 which would force him as a professor to use fabricated pronouns for people of…

Technological Submission: Nature Conquers Modern Man

It’s almost a ubiquitous assumption today that man, especially since the dawn of the Age of Science, is in the steady process of conquering nature. As our technological proficiency expands, nature submits to our whims. Rather than being exposed to nature’s harsh elements, we built shelters; rather than succumbing to rampant disease and early death,…

When Fr. Neuhaus Saw Chthulu

Editor’s Note: Today we are reposting an old Thermidor essay. It is dated a little as First Things has changed in three years, but it seems timely considering the current debate on the right. A vaguely right-leaning, pseudo-religious magazine publishes something plausibly associated with dread words like “Christendom” and “Tradition.” In synchronised horror, cocktails are…

Asceticism of the Wagecuck

The human being is a body-soul unity, and there is a hierarchy to this human constitution. When the body rules over the soul, the human is in a state of disorder; when the rational soul rules over the body and its passions, the human is in a healthy state. The Greek word ἄσκησις, meaning training…

Sola Consensio and Elizabeth Bruenig

In the wake of the proliferating revelations of sexual misconduct, pederasty, and sexual abuse in Hollywood and journalism (politics too, though it’s old hat there), many people are asking themselves what it all signifies. For liberals and feminists, the common take is that it’s the same old patriarchy, up to its usual tricks, all that…