Weekend Reading

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At his place, Ed Feser gives the “story of – – not exactly the glory — of modern love”.

Daniel Mattson on the enduring brilliance of the natural moral law, Anne Maloney on the catastrophe for young women of the Sexual Revolution, and Anthony Esolen on the uses of disgust, all at Crisis.

Here are two reviews of Darío Fernández-Morera’s The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain, by Matthew Henley, Islam’s Inexorable Impulse, at The Catholic Thing, and by Norman Berdichevsk, The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise, at the New English Review. And here is an interview with the author on Youtube. Apropos of this, an article by Emmett Scott considers the civilizational aftereffects of the Islamic conquest of North Africa and the Near East (h/t: Roger at Catallaxy).

At First Things, Pete Spiliakos considers the current failure of Christians to employ the media ecology in their defense of Christianity in the public and private square.

Rod Dreher provides two examples that outline the seeming inevitable slide of Protestantism into secular liberalism.

Is teleology dead? Over at Forbes, John Farrell thinks not (h/t: Feser).

Lastly, the Catholic Herald reminds us of Evelyn Waugh’s defense and enduring influence on the preservation of the Latin Mass.

Picture: The Reading Room (1843) by Johann Peter Hasenclever.

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