E. Christian Kopff

E. Christian Kopff

E. Christian Kopff is professor of Classics at the University of Colorado in Bolder. He is the author of The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition and has recently translated Josef Pieper


The Fear of God

Among the most subversive aspects of the Enlightenment Project is its insistence on the radical incompatibility of Christianity with the Classical and Germanic traditions. In his Regensburg Address (2006), Pope Benedict correctly insisted that ...


Is America Unconservative?

In contribution to Takimag from last summer, Austin Bramwell asked "€œWhy are movement conservative intellectuals so obsessed with refuting positions (e.g., that the United States is an inherently "€œliberal"€ regime) that nobody has actually ...


Neocon Whitewash/Conservative Spin

For decades conservative warhorse Reed Irvine churned out his newsletter, Accuracy in Media, giving a reality check to the American prestige press like the New York and LA Times and the Washington Post. He later expanded his investigations to higher ...


Greek to Us: The Death of Classical Education and Its Consequences

On the evenings of October 10 and 11, 1999, the A&E cable network broadcast a list of “€œThe 100 Most Influential People of the Past 1000 Years,”€ selected by a “€œBlue Ribbon Panel.”€ 10. Galileo, 9. Copernicus, 8. Einstein, 7. Karl Marx, 6. Christopher Columbus, 5. William Shakespeare, 4. Charles Darwin, 3. Martin Luther, 2. Isaac Newton, 1. Johann Gutenberg. This small group includes a poet, a theologian, a social philosopher, an inventor, a discoverer and five scientists. (Similar lists also privilege science.) The list includes atheists and believers, Catholics, Protestants and Jews. They are all Europeans and all men. The A&E narrative emphasized their curiosity and creativity. I noticed another trait they shared. They all studied Latin. They all had a classical education.

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