Restoration of Christian Culture
by John Senior
144 pages, paperback bound, with dust jacket.
2008 reprint of the 1983 original, which is the sequel to the 1978 Death of Christian Culture.
Is a restoration to be hoped for? Dr. Senior answers with a genuinely realistic, but no less resounding yes.
This book continues to warn of the ongoing extinction of the cultural patrimony of ancient Greece & Rome, medieval Christian Europe, and the early-modern West, owing to the secularization, bureaucratization, and mechanization of life today. But Senior also offers challenging and provocative ideas for recapturing and living the cultural traditions of classical and Christian history. Bringing the true wisdom of giants such as Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Benedict, and St. Thomas Aquinas in touch with the social, political & personal life of “modern man,” Senior shows how we can once again become fellow citizens of a common Western, Christian culture through work, prayer and sacrifice.
Among Senior’s credentials as a scholar and cultural and literary critic is his work in the [KU IHP:] University of Kansas Integrated Humanities Program, […which] combined aspects of the Socratic and “great-books” methods. It aimed to convince students, by cultivation of “poetic knowledge” based upon an immersion in the classics of Western thought, art, and literature, that there is a truth worth knowing. [The IHP] resulted in numerous conversions to Catholicism and was the principal forum in which Senior worked out the keen insights and shocking observations in his books.