Author Archives: Dr. J

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.

Great Music for Advent and Christmas

Forget the schlock this December. These two free playlists will get you into the real spirit of the season. First, here are some of the best songs and carols written specifically for Advent. A hyperlink to the YouTube playlist is … Continue reading

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Philosopher Dies by Strangulation, Not in Classroom

If you are disappointed by last week’s election results, take heart. President Trump can’t stop you from reading the Great Books! Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book IV (GBWW Vol. 51, … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on the 2016 Election

Unlike many of my friends and colleagues, I made no predictions concerning the 2016 U.S. presidential election. I neither followed the campaign coverage very closely, watched the televised debates, nor tracked the polls. Thus I didn’t feel as though I had … Continue reading

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Soul Precedes Body; Intellect Precedes Sense

Here you all are worrying about today’s U.S. presidential election when there are Great Books to discuss. Focus on what’s important, people! Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book III, Chapters 10-19 … Continue reading

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Don’t Ever Rob a Temple

If you’re at all like me, you view the major cultural and political developments of 2016 with a jaundiced eye. I’ve found, however, that by immersing myself in great works like the ones below, I can insulate myself from some … Continue reading

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I’m at the Imaginative Conservative This Morning

The Imaginative Conservative, begun by Winston Elliott and Brad Birzer, has become one of my most-frequented websites in the last couple of years. Its writers cover a lot of ground and never get bogged down in the narrowly political. I’m … Continue reading

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Rome Falls

I am making good on my promise to resume the Great Books Project posts. True, I’m doing it about one year later than I had intended, but better late than never. The laptop on which I had been drafting posts … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Be “Well-Educated”?

I hope to have a Great Books Project post up in the next day or so. In the meantime, I direct your attention to a recent post over at the Imaginative Conservative website by Joseph Pearce on the topic of … Continue reading

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I Discuss Donald Trump at the Christian Century

One of my old college friends, who now helps edit the historians’ “Then and Now” blog at the Christian Century site, has talked me into writing a piece on Donald Trump and Super Tuesday. It went up this morning. The original draft … Continue reading

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Liberty Classroom Steal Ends Tonight!

I’ve decided to end my lengthy hiatus from blogging by noting that Tom Woods has been offering an amazing deal over at Liberty Classroom for the past month. Prices are set to rise in the New Year, but you can … Continue reading

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