Jonathan Shoulta

Jonathan Shoulta has a degree in philosophy from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He currently teaches high school Latin and philosophy, translates poetry, and lives in northwest Arkansas with his wife and children.

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“The Robbers”: A Checkup with Dr. Schiller

Quæ medicamenta non sanant, ferrum sanat, quæ ferrum non sanat, ignis sanat.  ∼ Hippocrates It doesn’t take a sociologist to know man is morally ill. It doesn’t even take one to know he suffers from moral diseases of two varieties, hidden and manifest. To the latter group belong tragedies great and small. To treat the … Read more

Wartime Morality in Ambrose Bierce’s “A Horseman in the Sky”

The extant portion of the six-mile long Civil War front at Cold Harbor, Virginia is small enough to explore in an hour or less. Although the National Park commemorating the battle is tragically shrunken, its rifle pits and trenches, creeks, meadows, and woods supply the visitor’s imagination with ample atmosphere for a phantasmal reenactment of … Read more

Life Echoes in Eternity: On J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle”

Urging his troops to manly fortitude in the face of Germanic barbarians, General Maximus of the 2000 film, Gladiator does not downplay the certainty that some of his Romans are about die. “What we do in life echoes in eternity,” he cries, and indeed, Maximus argues that the fact of death is all the more … Read more

Is Silas Marner One of the Good Books?

Although the George Eliot novel is missing from some iterations of John Senior’s list of 1,000 Good Books, Silas Marner appears in the list as it appears in Senior’s diagnostic book, The Death of Christian Culture. This is strange considering the secular and atheistic philosophies that informed the work. That this Victorian novel contains some … Read more

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