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The Truth a Building Speaks

To be erected, buildings need more than brick and mortar; they need a hierarchy of crucial decisions, which ultimately reveal what we value.

Essays

The Covenant of Language

In an age when even the idea of truth awaits trial, how do we renew our trust in words and things?

Articles

Can We Free Our Minds in a Postcolonial World?

Zaid Shakir, Francisco Nahoe, and Oludamini Ogunnaike engage in a public conversation on the legacy of colonialism in today's educational system.

Videos

The Liberal Arts in an Illiberal Age

When we lose the language arts, we lose our ability to understand the metaphysical implications of language and thought, and we are no longer free to think.

Essays


The Renovatio Podcast

Audio Food for the Mind

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Selections

Can We All Treat Blasphemy as Taboo?

Should Muslims accept a moral perspective about blasphemy that’s grounded in liberal ethics?

Essays

Self Addressed Speech

Speech may be for communication, but when the soul speaks to itself, who is communicating with whom?

Articles

What Images Are Doing to Our Souls

Can spiritual philosophy teach us how to pay attention to the effects digital images have on our souls?

Videos

Language Is Not Mechanical (and Neither Are You)

Modern philosophers and scientists are committed to the idea of world as machine, and yet they cannot explain language without the immaterial mind.

Articles

The Human in the Qur’an

How four Qur’anic aspects of humanity combine to make man a distinctive creation.

Text Messages

“Using the Brain You Gave Me”

Words may be the way that we learn and understand, but, shows Augustine through a dialog with his son, God is the only real teacher.

Essays

Sacred Truths in A Profane World

Roger Scruton and Hamza Yusuf in conversation

Videos

Of Cannons and Canons

Colonialism universalized modern Western education. As we wrestle with this often bitter legacy, why do calls to “diversify” what we read fall short?

Articles

The Secret of the Morality Tale

Only narratives can ensure our ethics take both intention and circumstance into account.

Essays

The Pinocchio Within Us

Despite seeming differences, Pinocchio’s reality may almost be identical to our own, even if our noses do not threaten to grow longer at every misdeed.

Essays

How Faith Can Influence Environmental Ethics

The world's great faith traditions might differ on our relationship to nature, but are they unified on an ethical approach to protecting our natural environment?

Videos

What Makes Art Islamic?

A scholar, a calligrapher, and a designer in conversation during an event in Berkeley, California

Videos

Knowledge, Truth, Being

When a knowing mind has known a being, do we arrive at truth?

Essays

When a Metaphor Becomes Matter for a Christian

Can we use poetics to understand Scripture?

Articles

The Great Chain of Consciousness

Why did many Muslim metaphysicians see the universe and all of its contents as alive?

Articles

Where Have All The Saints Gone?

"People have altogether somehow lost that the true nature of man is the fiţrah, which is the sanctified state."

Videos

The Listening of the Soul

Speaking distinguishes the human, but the soul’s capacity to listen helps us fulfill our human potential.

Essays

Where Islam and Nationalism Collide

Islam contains teachings that clearly argue against the most important elements of nationalism.

Articles

Vanquishing the Monster Within Us

When we resist the dehumanizing forces of war, we can see the sacred in all human beings.

Essays

Breaking the Language Barrier

The Han Kitab teaches that the Islam found in the Arabic and Persian books is only one possible way in which the Islamic revelation can be expressed.

Essays

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