Second Master’s book commended in New York cultural review

Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Second Master’s book commended in New York cultural review

Leading New York cultural publication, The New Criterion, has commended Worth School’s Second Master for his book The Common Mind: Politics, Society and Christian Humanism.

In The Common Mind Mr Gushurst-Moore explores the philosophical influences and writings of 12 of the foremost English and American figures spanning the centuries, such as Jonathan Swift (born 1667) and Russell Kirk (born 1918). Starting with Thomas More (born 1478) and the influences of Plato, Aristotle and others, the book traces the lineage of Christian Humanism and talks about its enduring relevance to the world today.

Mr Gushurst-Moore joined Worth School in April 2013 as Second Master. He teaches English and clearly lives his academic subject through Benedictine values. He said: “I think it is good that Worth students see that their teachers enjoy writing and communicating ideas, not just because such things are part of their job, but because they are part of who they are, and who they are called to be. Our vocation is an expression of our faith, in God and other people.

“My hope is that Worth will come to be seen even more widely in the coming years as a world centre of cutting- edge Catholic, Benedictine education, producing new thinking, writing and teaching to support Pope Francis’ call to evangelisation.”

The author of the review, Mr Alvino-Mario Fantini, editor-in-chief of The European Conservative, describes the book as conveying “a celebration of men over the centuries who have opposed the disintegrative mind and whose literary works are aimed at evoking a familiar, older and more gentle social order.”

Mr Fantini continues: “Happily for the reader, Gushurst-Moore—currently Second Master at the Benedictine Worth School in West Sussex, England—is adept at elucidating the themes on which these men of letters concur. They have the effect, he says, ‘of commenting on each other, across the barriers of time’. The result is an extended meditation on the qualities of the common mind.

“It is clear that the author has a vocation—to teach others about literature and educate them about the higher things.”

The Common Mind is published by Angelico Press who describe the title as “an altogether uncommon achievement: a rich, multivalent reading of our present cultural condition through a brilliant procession of literary portraits; and a critical work in the ongoing effort to recover a unity of life, of understanding, of principles – in short, a common mind.”

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