Anthony Esolen

Professor Anthony Esolen teaches Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College. A senior editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, he writes regularly for Touchstone, First Things, Catholic World Report, Magnificat, This Rock, and Latin Mass. His most recent books are Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child (ISI Press, 2010), The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (Regnery Press, 2008), and Ironies of Faith (ISI Press, 2007).

After the exile: poetry and the death of culture
17 Feb 2017 | FEATURES |  
Who the heck is Spenser?

Love, liberal education, and the secret of human identity
8 Dec 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Dante, identity politics, liberal education
Transcending the narrow world of identity politics.

Pronouns, ordinary people, and the war over reality
21 Oct 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: moral values, pronouns, transgenderism
Beware the "safety" of a neutered language.

The illusion of neutrality
19 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: secularism, tolerance
The secular state cannot be neutral in matters of religion.

Losing our virtue
15 Apr 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: marriage, sex, virtue
Sex is supposedly too trivial to require virtue, yet so significant that restraint is an affront. It can't be both.

What a progressive used to be
10 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: divorce, family values, progressivism
Progressives once fought for the family because they understood that families protect us from atomization and amalgamation.

College athletics and the common good
7 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: college, gender equality, sport
Isn't there more to fair play than boosting the women's teams?

Who has the right to form young minds?
16 Jan 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Common Core, education of children, parental rights
A controversial national curriculum in the US raises a fundamental question.

A boy’s life with unisex scouts
23 May 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Boy Scouts, homosexuality
The Boy Scouts of America will vote today on whether they will admit homosexual scouts. Will they become the Unisex Scouts, as they are in Canada, where the scouting movement has collapsed?

The least of these
19 Feb 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Boy Scouts, childhood, homosexuality
Our government has failed to admit that its own selfishness is the root of many societal problems it has tried to address.

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