Edward O'Brien Jr.

Edward O'Brien, Jr. is an assistant professor of philosophy and literature at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pa. He has also taught for Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y. and Rider College in Trenton, N.J. Mr. O'Brien has written articles for Crisis, Fidelity, New Oxford Review, the Wanderer and HPR.

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The Idler: A Chess Player’s Apology

Ambivalence is defined as “the simultaneous attraction toward and repulsion from an object, person, or action.” To any person who knows the dubious blessing of a fondness toward the sport of chess, ambivalence is doubtless the most accurate description of his attitude about the royal game. The devoted chess-player loves and despises chess for what … Read more

Observations: When Father Died

In April 1989, my father died at the age of 89. From 1940 to 1950, he sold 11 short stories to the Saturday Evening Post and millions enjoyed his work, which inspired me in my own desire to write. But it is my father’s relation to the Church which is my subject. When a loved … Read more

Take That, Ripley

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Miracles . . . But Were Afraid to Ask Unlike the vast majority of our Western ancestors, we are very reluctant to take the notion of miracles seriously. Surely, we say, science has advanced to the point where miracles can be explained as natural phenomena. We do have, … Read more

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