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By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine, Sept. 15, 2022

Anthony Esolen is the author or translator of 28 books, most recently In the Beginning Was the Word: An Annotated Reading of the Prologue of John (Angelico Press), No Apologies: How Civilization Depends upon the Strength of Men (Regnery) …


I am not a doomsayer. What sky remains to fall? The rubble is all around us right now, the confusion, and the disheartening temptation to give up on what is natural and wholesome even in a fallen world, to give up, or to fail to seek it out, when you have never known it well enough to give up on it. The madness is here, and its pronouns are legion.

Let’s begin at the foundation. All of the moral directives and all of a reasonably healthy society’s customs regarding the sexes are aimed at strengthening the bond between man and woman, making them interdependent, and promoting and protecting family life. I take for granted, reader, that you want to do that. Now let me turn to an analogy. …

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