Modern Leadership and the Abdication of Responsibility

289 BC: The legendary Greek general Pyrrhus of Epirus leads an army of over 20,000 warriors to defend his homeland against his brother-in-law Demetrius’s invasion. At the head of the invading forces is Demetrius’s foremost general Pantauchus, whose army numbers perhaps 11,000. As the armies clash, heavy fighting ensues and the outnumbered Pantauchus seeks PyrrhusContinue reading “Modern Leadership and the Abdication of Responsibility”

3 Ways St. Augustine’s Confessions Describes the Fallen Modern World

St. Augustine of Hippo was born in Northern Africa in the 4th century AD. A bishop of the Hippo Regius region in Numidia, he is widely considered one of the most influential early Christians, mainly due to his prolific writings. Despite his saintly status, Augustine lived a worldly life before his conversion, and documented hisContinue reading “3 Ways St. Augustine’s Confessions Describes the Fallen Modern World”

The Origins and Impact of Relativism

I recently had an eye-opening discussion with an undergraduate student that began with the question, “Do you believe there is objective Truth?”. I expected she would take a few moments before giving an answer, but was surprised both with how quickly and how resolutely she answered “No”. Afterward, I asked a friend how anyone couldContinue reading “The Origins and Impact of Relativism”

How to Vote Catholic in America

Exactly. Complete Christianity The US Catholic Bishops have done little to nothing to help Catholics discern a clear political path in the United States. Their so-called “voters guide” (Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship) has been a weak document that does more to confuse Catholics than help guide them. For this reason I’m taking it uponContinue reading “How to Vote Catholic in America”

What is ThinkingWest?

This is the first post on my new blog called ThinkingWest. I’m Christian Bottenfield, an American Catholic dad to two kids, husband, soon-to-be doctor of engineering, and hobbyist to many a thing – including this blog. ThinkingWest is my outlet for thought on a range of topics that actively run through my mind, while readingContinue reading “What is ThinkingWest?”