Esolen, Anthony
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Anthony Esolen is Professor of English at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, and the author of Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child and Ironies of Faith. He has translated Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata and Dante's The Divine Comedy.


New! E Pluribus Nihil

We often assume that unity is the norm in human affairs, and strife the exception. But a cold-eyed view of history suggests the reverse. Unity is what needs the special cause, and today we lack the cause.

Date posted: 2020-10-17

When Reason Does Not Suffice: Why Our Culture Still Accepts Abortion

The pro-life movement is really asking for a moral revolution. If the child lives, the mother's life will not be the same, because if we accept the principles that allow the child to live, none of our lives can be the same. There is no way to guarantee a world safe for the unborn child that is also a world of total sexual and economic autonomy. In any world in which autonomy is the highest ideal, the child - that incarnate sign of our dependence and existential poverty - must go.

Date posted: 2019-04-09

No Room for Sanity at the Inn: Stifling Democratic Debate over Same-Sex Marriage

Democracy and common sense teach us to seek the truth by listening to one another. If we will not even provide a room for people who want to talk with one another because we do not like what they say, then democracy is impossible.

Date posted: 2015-12-26

Marriage Is Not a Water Fountain

Segregation was based on irrational, peculiar prejudice. By contrast, protecting marriage between one man and one woman is based on universal truths about our human nature

Date posted: 2014-10-26

Losing our virtue

But we are now in the odd position of supposing that sex is too trivial to require virtue for its exercise, but that it is simultaneously so significant, so determinative of a person's identity, that to suggest any restraint upon its consensual exercise is an affront to the most important fount of human dignity.

Date posted: 2014-04-18

Who has the right to form young minds?

A controversial national curriculum in the US raises a fundamental question.

Date posted: 2014-01-19

The Moral Structure of Pedophilia

In contemporary America, condemnation of pedophilia rests on sentiment and not on moral reasoning. Nobody can simultaneously explain why pedophilia is so vile and uphold the first commandment of the sexual revolution: Fulfill thy desires.

Date posted: 2013-10-15

Negligence, Insensitivity, or Murder?

Kermit Gosnell was not sentenced to life imprisonment for sloppiness, for insensitivity, for bad keepsakes, for a backed up drain, for fleas, or even for making women suffer. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering three babies.

Date posted: 2013-07-19

One Human Heart: Wordsworth's Old Cumberland Beggar and the Sweetness of Being Human

Wordsworth denounces those who reduce human worth to utility and teaches us that the goodness of being is absolute. We must learn to love those incomparably useless and precious beings, the child, the elderly, the unborn, and the dying, because they and we are one.

Date posted: 2012-10-09

Sexual Revolution: Built Upon Sand

Since I believe that utilitarianism is a serpent that consumes itself -- that it is a disutility to believe in it -- I'd like now to base my opposition on something far more fundamental than, say, the harm of wrecked families and bursting prisons. The sexual revolution is a house built upon sand. It is founded upon a lie.

Date posted: 2011-08-19