In Rallying the Really Human Things, Guroian combines a theologian's keen sensitivity to the things of the spirit with his immersion in the works of Burke, Russell Kirk, G. K. Chesterton, Flannery O'Connor, St. John Chrysostom, and other exemplars of the religious humanist tradition to diagnose our cultural crisis. But he also points the way towards a culture more solicitous of the "really human things," the Chesterton phrase from which he takes his title. Guroian's wide-ranging analysis of these times provides a fresh and inimitable perspective on the practices and mores of contemporary life.
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"In this eloquent and substantive book, Guroian uses the light of the past
to point the way to a more human and civilized future."
"Guroian is a rare and precious bird these days: a scholar of the Real. Here he focuses his moral passion and theologian’s mind on some of today’s most smoldering issues."
"Vigen Gurorian's courageous and discerning vision illuminates both current
issues of burning importance (campus promiscuity, nationalism, and gay marriage,
for example), and major Christian thinkers of the recent past (Chesterton,
O'Connor, and Kirk). This compendium is a resource that will help us all see
"These eloquent and wide-ranging essays in the moral imagination establish Vigen Guroian as our own Chesterton. For with fine Chestertonian wit, he demonstrates that the modern West is not heinously wicked so much as it is wildly virtuous, as the old Christian virtues, uprooted from their native theological soil, continue to produce mad sprouts. Responding astringently to the cultural and religious vexations of our age, Guroian restores these saving virtues to the deep loam of Christian tradition."
"Rallying the Really Human Things does not so much inform as remind. Vigen Guroian has busied himself with one of the most pressing tasks in our intellectual life, which is to rescue the dignified word "humanism" from the damage wrought upon it by both the secularly self-sufficient and the piously ignorant."
"Professor Guroian’s book is both a powerful and provocative defense of traditional Christian humanism in its conflict with secularism."
"Of course, this review hasn't even mentioned excellent essays on 'gay marriage' and why businessmen 'should read great literture.' There are myriad positions in his pages I would like to sound with trumpets on one hand and anathematize on the other. Like Chesterton, Guroian can write infuriating passages, but never dull ones."
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