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The Restoration of Christian Culture

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A sequel to The Death of Christian Culture, this spiritual treatise covers social, cultural, and political topics. It explores the importance of religious knowledge and faith to the health of a culture, provides a historical sketch of the change in cultural and educational standards over the last two centuries, and illustrates how literary and other visual arts either cont ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by IHS Press (first published October 31st 1983)
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Manuel Alfonseca
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
ENGLISH: I think this book makes a good diagnosis of the problems of our current culture, which is no longer Christian and therefore goes directly to the abyss, but I am not so sure about the proposed treatment: mainly classical education, a return to the way of living in the nineteenth century, and a revival of the rule devised by St. Benedict of Nursia in the layman normal life.

In summary, what is said here is more or less what St. Augustine said in his "City of God": We are living in two int
Fer de Uña
Realmente no sé cómo hacer esta reseña, porque este libro merece tanto la pena de principio a fin que quedarse con alguna parte concreta sería cercenarlo injustamente. En este libro, el profesor Senior llama a los cristianos en Occidente a recuperar la iniciativa cultural, no metiéndose en batallas inútiles, sino comenzando por ellos mismos y por sus familias: el momento histórico de nuestra civilización implica que debemos realizar un esfuerzo consciente y constante por recuperar y por vivir en ...more
Michael Helvey
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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John Senior is far more than a stodgy old cultural critic, stamping his petty foot against "modern barbarism" in all its forms. In the first chapter, he promises his book will be a positive, for as T. S. Eliot said, "It is far easier to tear down than to build up."

He argues against modern media--but not because it is "distracting." He objects to it because it is "unreal." After 30 years of teaching the Great Books at liberal arts colleges, Senior has seen the dearth, not simply of reading of abi
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Still relevant 30 years after its publication, and even more so in our day and age than perhaps Senior would have guessed: the emphasis on a true union between catholic cult and culture; the integration of our work, our prayer, and our love for neighbor rather than the endless multiplication of useless, parasitic occupations; the necessity of encountering the real being which "God made" in the form of trees, meadows, woods, flowers, bugs, and a thousand thousand other wonders, and of the insuffi ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, politics
The late Dr John Senior was a professor of literature at Hofstra, Cornell, Bard, and the Universities of Kansas and Wyoming. I picked up this volume, which is actually his second on the topic, the first being titled The Death of Christian Culture, because as a seminarian in a country where church attendance is somewhere between crumby and abysmal in most places I try to look at the problems from different view points, sociological, cultural, religious, etc. Dr Senior's expressed views end up bei ...more
Miguel Dominguez
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very easy book to read, but a difficult one to digest. I want to think on his advice carefully before I reject any of it. I am charged to pray more, especially to my Blessed Mother. As for the more worldly acts of rejecting technology and embracing wholesome literature and music, it will be a long slow process, not least of all because I'm wholly invested in a graduate engineering education. I just cancelled Netflix though.
Gonzaga Escauriaza
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
No tengo nivel para leer este libro.

Me ha quedado grande.

Pero las partes más fáciles las he disfrutado.
Mucho más de lo que esperaba.

Senior trata los asuntos verdaderamente importantes con una conexión lógica que no se encuentra en cualquier libro. Artes liberales, arquitectura, trabajo, liturgia, todo debe tener un solo fin. La lectura de este libro sólo es para aquellos que están buscando una verdadera explicación a la situación actual y que tengan la humildad suficiente para conocer cuál es la solución.
Fr. Peter Mottola
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Does exactly what is says on the tin: A fantastic and practical outline of the restoration of Christian culture, with an emphasis on the supreme importance of the family and community.
Ann Warren
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Convicting, and at the same time both depressing and uplifting. An interesting look at our culture, where it has strayed from its Christian roots, what we can do to reclaim an authentic Christian lifestyle, and the impact of the education system. There is extensive quoting, in Latin, which I had to constantly translate via Google, which I guess was the author’s point...
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a passionate call to those who feel as though we have lost Christian culture. The book is wide ranging, but at the same time focused on all of the things that make a human culture human. With a focus on education that stems from the essential root of wonder, the book details the many ways in which government education and in many cases parochial education as well, has strayed from the pursuit of truth in an integrated fashion, towards a mechanized view of education and the loss of c ...more
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-of-2010
Dissapointing. This was recommended but I am unsure why. It's a Roman Catholic rant against modern culture and a plea to return to the Faith (RC!)and to family, a more contemplative life, and the arts as traditionally understood and practiced.
If you want a rant, there are better rants.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: god-stuff, catholic
A powerful, classic book, beautifully written, on how to reclaim the Church's spiritual and cultural heritage, which has been neglected and abandoned in our time.

But most of all, Senior tells how to live as Christians -- for one's own home and family to pray; engage with people, not electronics; read; worship; and live deliberately counter-cultural lives.

There have been other books making these points, but most (if not all) were written after Senior's books, and none come close to Senior's elo
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Ejemplar Testimonio Sobre: Creer, Decir y Hacer

He considerado la máxima valoración para este libro por el testimonio que representa el ejercicio profesional comprometido con la Fe, que permite a docentes universitarios que laboran en ambientes secularizados, totalmente agnósticos y materialistas, motivar los jóvenes a la búsqueda de su re-encuentro con la razón de la existencia humana y la meta de vida plena. Lamento no haberlo leído mientras fui docente activa. Lo recomiendo a tantos profesores
Javier Muñoz
Libro muy sugerente, cuyo autor, John Senior, defiende una vuelta a los valores tradicionales, la recuperación de los clásicos como escuela pedagógica privilegiada, la importancia de la familia, la buena educación, el papel importantísimo de la vida monacal como aglutinante de las pequeñas comunidades y como maestros de oración...
En definitiva, mediante todas estas notas, y más, su planteamiento es el de una vuelta a Dios, poniéndole en el centro de nuestra existencia, a pesar de la vida moderna
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lot to think about. Inspired to read John Senior's 1,000 good book list.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book. About half of it was a call for a return to a traditional culture: we should smash our tvs and read aloud and sing around the piano and grow some vegetables and minimize technology as much as possible so that we maintain real human relationships and communities. I'm all for all of those things. But the other half of the book was very, very Catholic. So Catholic that I didn't know what he was talking about sometimes, and didn't really see what it had to do with the r ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have read several Catholic writers who I would recommend over this book by John Senior. (Anthony Esolen, Michael D. O'Brien, and Hillaire Belloc immediately come to mind.) I agree with Senior one hundred and twelve percent on the problems with families and the culture, I just cannot go along with his Catholicism which saturates his solutions and ideas. This is the first book I have read by him and it will likely be my last. I appreciate his message, but as a Protestant, I struggle with the hea ...more
José Miguel
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Libro imprescindible para poder valorar las cosas sencillas de la vida y desprenderse de lo necesario para volver a formar familias cristianas.
Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 20, as one of Ten Books on the Humanities.
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Dr. John Senior was a retired Professor of Classics and a well-known Catholic thinker.

Dr. Senior taught English, Comparative Literature, and Classics for decades at Bard and Hofstra Colleges, Cornell, and the Universities of Wyoming and Kansas.
With two other professors, Dr. Dennis Quinn and Dr. Frank Nelick, he chaired the Integrated Humanities Program at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Senior was a
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