Welcome to The Ciceronian Society
Tradition, Place, and "Things Divine."
Who We Are
As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.Matthew 13:23
Tradition, a sense of place, and an appreciation of, and sensitivity to, the sacred are central to the cultivation of an enduring, free, and peaceful society. But many churches, universities, and other organizations have dismissed, neglected, or have forgotten how to talk about, these themes. The devastating impact on our communities manifests itself in public and private spheres poisoned by a predictable “liturgy” of fear, contempt, rage, rootlessness, and despair.
A liturgy of courage, affection, rootedness, peace, faith, and hope is desperately needed.
The Ciceronian Society is an international community of Christian scholars and public intellectuals committed to restoring such a “liturgy” through 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.
Over the last decade, 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.
We now seek to build on our successes, recommit to our core themes, and expand our efforts within and beyond our scholarly communities and churches.
To do this, we are playing “the long game,” as it were. Rather than focus on fleeting public policies, politics, performative outrage, and culture wars, the Ciceronian Society seeks to understand and strengthen the local institutions essential to human flourishing through rigorous scholarship, friendship, and intellectual discipleship.
The Sower podcast, the journal, Pietas, and the annual conferences are just a start.
With your support, the Ciceronian Society will be positioned to renew local traditions, inspire a greater sense of place, and recover the intellectual discipleship sorely needed in our faith communities.