Old Ideas and Thanksgiving Turkeys

The German author Friedrich Goethe once wrote, “All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times.” This is really only a restatement of what King Solomon wrote thousands of years earlier: “That which has been is that which will be, and that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Both these men understood that ignoring ancient wisdom simply because it is “old” is as foolish as following modern wisdom Read more […]

Primitive Man Wore No Clothes?

G.K. Chesterton was a gifted writer and thinker. Although he was Roman Catholic in his religious convictions, his writings were often directed toward the tension between Christianity and non-Christianity, not the doctrinal differences between Protestants and Catholics. A journalist by trade, Chesterton had a knack for communicating with the common folk of early 20th Century England because he understood them. He was pointing out the hypocrisy of the materialistic, scientific community long before Read more […]

Nostalgia is not Enough

Conservatives often rely on decades-old arguments to make their case that their political view is the correct one. This does not mean that decades-old arguments are untrue, but it does mean that the intended modern audience does not understand them. Noted 19th and early 20th century author and journalist G. K. Chesterton makes an interesting point that speaks to this very issue: All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If Read more […]