Heaven’s Last Best Gift: Marriage as the Final End in Persuasion

Heaven’s Last Best Gift: Marriage as the Final End in Persuasion

The fifth in a series considering Jane Austen in light of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. Above all other blessings Oh! God, for ourselves, and our fellow-creatures, we implore Thee to quicken our sense of thy Mercy in the redemption of the World, of the Value of that Holy Religion in which we have been... [Read more...]

Love and Friendship: Virtue and the Varieties of Relationship in Pride and Prejudice

Love and Friendship: Virtue and the Varieties of Relationship in Pride and Prejudice

The fourth in a series considering Jane Austen in light of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. For all whom we love and value, for every friend and connection, we equally pray; however divided and far asunder, we know that we are alike before Thee and under Thine eye. May we be equally united in Thy faith... [Read more...]

The Way of Shame: Moral Education in Northanger Abbey

The Way of Shame: Moral Education in Northanger Abbey

The third in a series considering Jane Austen in light of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. Teach us almighty father, to consider this solemn truth, as we should do, that we may feel the importance of every day, and every hour as it passes, and earnestly strive to make a better use of what thy goodness may... [Read more...]

Foundations Once Destroyed: The Importance of Principle in Mansfield Park

Foundations Once Destroyed: The Importance of Principle in Mansfield Park

The second in a series considering Jane Austen in light of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. Teach us to understand the sinfulness of our own Hearts, and bring to our knowledge every fault of Temper and every evil Habit in which we have indulged to the discomfort of our fellow-creatures, and the danger... [Read more...]

In Pursuit of Happiness: An Aristotelian Appreciation of Jane Austen

In Pursuit of Happiness: An Aristotelian Appreciation of Jane Austen

The first in a series considering Jane Austen in light of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. Give us grace to endeavor after a truly Christian spirit to seek to attain that temper of forbearance and patience of which our blessed savior has set us the highest example; and which, while it prepares us for the... [Read more...]

Austen, Aristotle, and Aquinas

Austen, Aristotle, and Aquinas

Announcing a new series: reading Jane Austen in light of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that Jane Austen novels are full of silliness and romance. However little known the merits of these works upon a first perusal, this truth is so well fixed in the mind of the... [Read more...]