Welcome to The Ciceronian Society
Tradition, Place, and "Things Divine."
Who We Are
Welcome to the new website of the revitalized Ciceronian Society. We are an international community of Christian scholars and public intellectuals committed to the examination of three core themes - tradition, place, and 'things divine' - and their role in the cultivation of a civilization built upon the principles common to the traditions of historic Christianity.
The Ciceronian Society has been known for its interdisciplinary community of scholars and intellectuals distinguished by their friendship and willingness to consider ideas, thinkers, and interests neglected by most academic publications and organizations in the humanities, social sciences, and economics. As one panelist remarked at our conference years ago, “It’s always a joy to come to the Ciceronian Society, where I know I’ll get to talk about what actually matters.”
Tradition, a sense of place, and to an appreciation of the sacred are central to an enduring, free, and peaceful society. But many churches, universities, and other organizations have either dismissed these themes, neglected them, or have forgotten how to talk about them. The impact has been devastating on our faith communities, schools, politics, and families. It is time to renew our efforts.
Our last conference was in 2018 and, since then, the Society has had no programming. However, behind the scenes, a committee has been working to revive the much-loved annual conferences, and at the same time offer new programming, including a peer-reviewed biannual journal and a podcast. Now is the moment for our untimely themes.
Our contemporary public life and discourse is animated by a predictable liturgy of fear, contempt, rage, rootlessness, and despair. The Ciceronian Society seeks to restore a liturgy of courage, affection, rootedness, peace, and hope.
You can be part of our renewal of, and recommitment to, these key themes of tradition, place, and ‘things divine,’ and support our fresh leadership team as we work to offer expanded opportunities. Behind the scenes, 2021 will be a busy year for the society. We are working hard as we build toward our 2022 relaunch. We plan to publish the first issue of the new journal in Winter 2022. Our annual conferences will resume that spring. Our new podcast, The Sower, should come online before this year ends.
You can once again be a part of this much needed, civilization-building effort. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Ciceronian Society today by clicking here and signing up for our newsletter here.
Thank you for your support,
James Patterson, President
Josh Bowman, John Robinson, William Batchelder, Officers