Nobel Foundation

Sauron Comes to Middle England

Tolkien, the new biopic about the master storyteller’s life, has come under criticism for giving the impression that Tolkien’s service in World War I was the decisive influence on his work. In fact, Tolkien was far more influenced by other factors—in particular by his love of mythology, and by his strong Catholic faith. Before her [...]

On Bob Dylan’s Nobel Speech

Plato said that changes in music and sports were also indications in changes in constitutions of polities. Changes in politics are usually also indicative of changes in souls. Music mirrors human souls and the direction they are taking, good or bad. The mind and body may be closest together in music. The notion that we [...]

The oldest Catholic university no more?

The oldest Catholic University in the world -- Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V -- is commencing an internal debate over whether the institution should drop "Catholic" from its name: "It's time for a different orientation," says Leuven Rector Mark Waer. After the outbreak of the pedophilia scandal in the [...]

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