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Essays on Modernity covers a wide range of topics, but the essential thesis remains the same throughout; contemporary Western society has abandoned the permanent things of tradition in favor of fleeting pleasures, self-worship, and the secular rationalizations that justify them. But the West is by no means doomed. It can survive and thrive if its citizens can only recover what they chose to lose: their pursuit of truth and beauty, their academic rigor and intellectual integrity, their Christian morals and mores. If these essays share a theme it is the critical relation between an idea or ideal that belongs to the intellectual patrimony of Christendom and modernity, that nexus of cultural pathologies which while it offers unbounded technical progress involves the unwary and unguarded in spiritual desolation. Ours is an age of revolution which was incipient in the fall of Lucifer, prophesied by the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and perfected in the series of wars between the motley crew committed to the defense of Eliot’s permanent things, broadly the flawed, humane, Christian tradition, and the apostles of modernity, that succession inaugurated by Ockham and perfected in his contemporary auxiliaries, Richard Rorty and Peter Singer

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James Patrick is a theologian, teacher, and sometime apologist. He received his doctorate in theology from Trinity College in Toronto and taught and served in administrative positions at the University of Tennessee and the University of Dallas before founding in 1981 the College of Saint Thomas More in Fort Worth, Texas. His writings include Architecture in Tennessee: 1768-1897, The Magdalen Metaphysicals: Idealism and Orthodoxy at Oxford, 1900-1945, The Beginning of Collegiate Education west of the Appalachians, and Andrew of Bethsaida and the Johannine Circle. Most recently he was author of the biographical chapter, "The Oxford Man," in the new edition of R. G. Collingwood's Autobiography.

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These essays, like their author, are classics, because Dr. Patrick, like C.S Lewis, is a dinosaur: a gentleman (both gentle and manly, understanding and strong, like a medieval knight), and therefore a trenchant critic of our times' sophisticated barbarianism and "soft totalitarianism." If I believed in reincarnation I would call him Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, Walker Percy, and Malcolm Muggeridge rolled into one. -- Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College

In these winsome essays, the ripe fruit of pondering tradition and the Permanent Things, Dr. James Patrick uncovers surprising truths in figures as different as George W. Bush, Thomas More and Alfred the Great. He reminds forgetful Americans that "Memory matters" and "The empire of the United States is an unavoidable work of Providence." -- E. Christian Kopff, Associate Director, Honors Program, University of Colorado Boulder

I would, with no hesitation, include these essays in any collection of the great English language Conservative essayists, from Edmund Burke to Russell Kirk. --Thomas HowardCatholic Author & Professor of English 

The art of the essay, like the art of poetry, is sadly and tragically neglected in our trite and trivialized world. It is, therefore, a blessing on our beleaguered culture that Dr. Patrick's essays have now been published in this single volume. These nuggets of wisdom, gleaned from a life of engagement with the perennial wisdom of the permanent things, have the power to educate and edify anyone fortunate enough and wise enough to read them. -- Joseph PearceDirector of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville

There is something of the erudite scholar, something of the Oxford don, something of the man of deep Christian faith and prayer and something of the wise man in all the Dr. Patrick writes. His Essays flow from a good life planted in the deep center of the Church and Western Civilization. Dr. Patrick writes in that old elegant spacious language that discloses and inspires an intellectual love of the good, a delight in learning, and an enlargement of the imagination and heart. Stephen ShivoneAssistant Professor of Literature at Belmont Abbey College

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