Father Schall is a Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He is the author of numerous books, including: Another Sort of Learning (Ignatius Press, 1988); At the Limits of Political Philosophy (Catholic University of America Press, 1996); Reason, Revelation, and the Foundations of Political Philosophy (LSU Press, 1987); Idylls and Rambles (Ignatius Press, 1994); and Schall on Chesterton: Timely Essays on Timeless Paradoxes (Catholic University of America Press, 2000).
Even students in religious-founded institutions can lose their faith. Others find God at Ohio State University. Some students mold themselves to the prevailing campus ideology, while others go through unchanged. One thing seems true.
Christianity is a religion of joy because it is a religion of God who is joy. And sports help us realize God's joy on earth.
Human things are not divine things. Nonetheless, Plato and Aristotle intimate that it is human, insofar as we can, to seek divine things. Homo non proprie humanus sed superhumanus est. Aquinas, and the Christian tradition that built upon his synthesis of classical thought and revelation, here indicates that human beings becomes fully human only by submitting to forms beyond their making; the imperfection of the earthly city cries out for the perfection of the heavenly city. By contrast, modern political philosophy disconnected politics from the longing for the divine—not only unmaking the city, but unmaking man. . . .