Modern Age

Modern Age is a magazine specializing in Politics topics.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2, Spring

A Conservative Historian's Memoir
Recovering the Past: A Historian's Memoir, by Forrest McDonald, Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2004. 198 pp. AS A TALENTED COLLEGE ATHLETE in the 1940s, Forrest McDonald hoped to become a major league baseball player. He might well have succeeded,...
A Nation in Decline
VIEWERS THE WORLD OVER witnessed not long ago the Reagan funeral service at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the impressive neo-English Gothic structure in Washington, D.C., popularly known as The National Cathedral. The anachronism...
Corruption and Innocence in Robert Penn Warren's Fiction
AN EPISODE IN Robert Penn Warren's novel Flood is emblematic of his understanding of human guilt and innocence. The deputy warden is giving a tour of Fiddlersburg prison, and he recounts how one of the sharpshooters in the prison tower had cost him...
Enhancement Technologies
Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream, by Carl Elliott, New York: W.W. Norton, 2003. VARIOUS ENHANCEMENT TECHNOLOGIES now promise to make us "better than well." Not only is American medicine responsible for the healthiest...
Flannery O'Connor in Her Letters: "A Refugee from Deep Thought"
ONCE UPON A TIME, I spent a winter alone in a small, poorly heated apartment in Kyoto, Japan. My classes were over, students and colleagues had dispersed, and I had no friends and no place to go. When I awoke in the morning, it was 38 degrees inside...
In Memoriam: John Attarian (1956-2004)
CULTURAL CONSERVATISM lost a true friend and feisty champion with the passing of John Attarian on New Year's Eve, 2004, at age 48. An economist by training and a man deeply attuned to the health of Western Culture, he was a champion of America's republican...
John Greenleaf Whittier's Civil War
THE LIBRARY OF AMERICA recently issued a volume of the poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier. This is fitting. While he will never be placed in the first rank of poets and even his admirers admit that he authored much dismissible verse, Whittier, who enjoyed...
Malcolm Muggeridge: A Modern Pilgrim
THE YEAR 2003 marked the centenary birth of Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge, the nonconformist writer, journalist, BBC commentator, Roman Catholic convert, and declared enemy of liberalism. Muggeridge saw liberalism as being the new gospel and great consensus...
Moral Foundations in Collapse
The Strange Death of Moral Britain by Christie Davies, New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2004. xxiii + 264 pp. ALTHOUGH FOCUSED ON BRITAIN, Christie Davies's well-documented social-historical study addresses several of the major problems...
Neither Greek nor Jew
Eccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization, by Remi Brague, South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine's Press, 2002. 205 pp. IT HAS BEEN SAID that the core of the spiritual vitality of the West is the fundamental tension between Athens and Jerusalem....
The Cultural Hostility to Religion
WITH FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOMS, the courts act as guardians, protectors from whatever social and cultural attitudes might threaten those freedoms. In the area of religion, however, the courts have not been so steadfast. According to a recent study completed...
The Essential Guardini
ROMANO GUARDINI is sometimes referred to as a "Philosopher of the Christian World" whose lifelong task was that of "proclaiming the sacred in a modern world." A world-famous Roman Catholic thinker and a prolific writer who was born in Verona, Italy,...
The Evolution versus Religion Controversy: How Two Mystiques Devolved into Politics
I The evolution versus religion controversy rages on, lately simmering in debates about whether so-called "creation science" is a valid scientific substitute for the Darwinian notion of evolution. In the past there have been court cases; indeed...
The Marcuse Factor
ONE EXPERIENCE as a graduate student at Yale University that left its lasting mark on me came in the spring of 1964, when HerbertMarcuse arrived to teach a course in the history of socialism, in which I quickly enrolled. With his flowing gray hair,...
Two Irascible Englishmen: Mr. Waugh and Mr. Orwell
2003 MARKED THE CENTENARY of two of the most influential English authors of the middle years of the twentieth century: Eric Arthur Blair, better known as George Orwell (1903-1950), and Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966). Although the themes and topics they treated...
Two of a Kind?
"Too Good To Be True": The Life and Work of Leslie Fiedler, by Mark Royden Winchell, Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2002. 368 pp. Aldous Huxley: A Biography, by Nicholas Murray, New York: St. Martin's Press, 2003. 496 pp. LOOKING AT...