Michael Novak, retired George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy from the American Enterprise Institute, is an author, philosopher, and theologian. Michael Novak resides in Ave Maria, Florida as a trustee and visiting professor at Ave Maria University. His wife Karen Laub-Novak was a respected sculptor, painter, and print-maker. Learn more about Karen in her own words. His daughter and sometimes co-author, Jana Novak, is an accomplished writer and blogger.

The Making of a Martyr: Father Richard Novak, C.S.C is a short new book by Mary Ann Novak to honor their brother, murdered in 1964 while serving as a missionary in Bangladesh.

Michael Novak’s new memoir Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative is available at Amazon. Click here for the latest news about Writing from Left to Right including reviews, commentary and interviews.

Michael Novak

Ever since The Open Church hit shelves in 1964, Michael Novak has been a voice of insight on American and Catholic culture.

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Author & Professor

Author of 45+ books on culture, philosophy, and theology, Novak continues to influence and guide right thinking.

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Templeton Prize

Winner of the 1994 Templeton Prize, Novak’s Westminster Abbey address remains as instructive it was two decades ago.

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As a founding director of First Things and writer for many publications, Novak has sought to build up our institutions.

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The Latest Take: Insight into a Changing World

  • October 7: The Feast of Our Lady of Victory
    How the 1571 Battle of Lepanto saved Europe.

    By Michael Novak on October 7, 2014 in Published Articles

    “For those who know little history, today’s battle with ISIS in the Middle East may seem new and unprecedented. It is not.”

    “What we are seeing in 2014 has a history of more than 1,300 years — a very bloody, terror-ridden history. Except that today the struggle is far, far more secular than religious — a war over political institutions and systems of law, with almost no public argument over religious doctrine.”

  • Michael Novak’s Moral Compass

    By Michael Novak on September 5, 2014 in Book Reviews

    Dr. Mark Michalski reviews “Writing From Left to Right”

    “With great honesty, humor, and humility Michael Novak shares his fascinating stories of a long and active life. Novak’s passion, gentle joy and zest for life is impressive. His biography proclaims that we all could and should discover in this life something deeper and divine, something wonderful, even in daily, ordinary events — only after we become fully engaged in it.”

  • Caritapolis: A New Global Vision for Catholic Social Thought

    By Michael Novak on September 3, 2014 in Speeches

    “What would it profit the human race, if we were to achieve a higher level of political liberty and economic liberty than ever before, only to live like pigs, enslaved to our desires, without reflection and deliberation? That is, what if the human race were to use its newfound liberties merely to live by the appetites of the lower animals? It is not only our political and economic systems which must be worthy of our human nature, but also our habits of moral living. “

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