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

  • Why They Hate Pro-Lifers So

    By Michael Novak on August 19, 2015 in Coming Down to Earth

    The pro-life argument is overpoweringly clear to me. But in argument against supporters of legalized abortion, I was always puzzled because I could not grasp their reasons. Maybe they didn’t understand their own reasons, either. I seldom heard reasons for their point of view, but far more often intense emotional blasts. “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries!”

  • On Loving Karen

    My dear Karen died of a hard-fought cancer on August 12, 2009. I wrote the following verse a few months later. Reprinted from All Nature Is a Sacramental Fire (St. Augustine’s Press, 2011).

  • Ave Maria at the Beach

    For the last three summers, I have been very lucky to hire students from Ave Maria University to help me finish some writing, pack up boxes of books, arrange my papers, clear out the beach house and give things to various charities, and the like.

    I hope they forgive me for calling them “the kids,” but when they are with me, that is how I feel about them. They seem like my own grandchildren.

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