Chronicles Magazine May 2009

  • REVIEWS

    Infelix Culpa?

    Kingsley Amis called him “Grim Grin,” an apt name for a novelist who aggressively insisted that the path to God runs through the wilderness of lust, degradation, deceit, and betrayal.

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  • REVIEWS

    The Puzzle of France

    Robert Gildea, professor of modern history at Oxford, is the author of some half-dozen volumes dealing with France after 1800 or, in one case, Europe as a whole. Most are broad studies or learned surveys (the terms are not intended as...

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  • REVIEWS

    The Moral Temper

    Fr. James Pereiro’s new history of the Victorian Church examines a much-neglected element of the Oxford Movement’s central tenets. Ethos, he contends, was the key component in the development of a complex theory of knowledge that...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    A Teacher Complains

    November, and my undergraduates’ glazed expressions are as good as a calendar. They’re limping through to Thanksgiving. So am I, and perhaps my eyes, too, are glazed. I find myself uneasy about teaching, for the first time in a while.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    On Men in Dark Rooms

    I first met Alan Keyes in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1989, when we both attended weekly meetings of a foreign-policy advocacy group on Capitol Hill. I found him an impressive speaker, quick with the facts.

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