Anthony Esolen explains why he left a tenured professorship at Providence College for a small liberal arts college in New Hampshire. In doing so, he articulates a great deal of what motivates the Anselm Society to do what we do (although he is working in a higher education context and we are concerned with a broader and less explicitly intellectual endeavor).

Sometimes a single encounter with what is healthy and ordinary—I use the word advisedly, with its suggestion that things are in the order that God by means of his handmaid Nature has ordained—is enough to shake you out of the bad dreams of disease and confusion. If it isn’t quite yet like meeting Saint Francis on the road, it is like meeting a bluff and jovial fellow who has just come from a conversation with that great little man of God.

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