Younger than sin

December 30, 2010

In November a conference was held at Notre Dame University under the rather odd title “Younger than Sin”. Videos of the invited talks have been made available online, and I’ve been listening to a few of them. I’d like to recommend two in particular:

  • Anthony Esolen (Providence College) speaks about images of childhood in Dante, Shakespeare, and Dickens. Esolen is always eloquent and insightful, and he has an especially keen appreciation for the moral and spiritual lives of children. It’s a wonderful talk.
  • David Fagerberg (Notre Dame) speaks about the virtue of humility in the life and writings of G.K. Chesterton. This, let me say, is the single best talk I have ever heard about Chesterton, and I recommend it to everyone, especially those for whom GKC remains a bit enigmatic or irritating. After hearing Fagerberg’s talk I do believe that Chesterton’s primordial greatness will be evident to all.

(Hat-tip: Mere Comments)

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