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Happily, a thing of beauty showed up in my mail (real, tangible mail; not email) last week—Issue 1 of Volume 1 of a new journal, Anamnesis.

Subtitled “A Journal for the Study of Tradition, Places, and Divine Things,” the journal features penetrating and intelligent articles by James Matthew Wilson and Ted McAllister and book reviews by Bruce Frohnen, Darryl Hart, and Korey D. Maas.

Indeed, there seem to be a lot of Hillsdale College folks associated with this new journal. In addition to Hart and Maas writing for Anamnesis, two other Hillsdalians, Allan Carlson and David Whalen, serve on the editorial board.

The board of advisors is especially an attraction. Indeed, it reads as a “who’s who” of some of America’s finest scholars: including Patrick Deneen, Sean Busick, David Bradshaw, Khalil Habib, and Lee Cheek. Each of these five is as bright as he is personable. Truly a winning list.

The editing is expertly accomplished, and even the layout of the Anamnesis journal is artful–excellent use of fonts, employment of high quality paper, and nice space offered for marginalia. The whole issue has been crafted wonderfully. We at The Imaginative Conservative wish them all the success possible in maintaining this high standard. As one book reviewer for the journal, W. Jason Wallace, states at the end of his fine review of a book on Leo Strauss, “Conservatism is not monolithic.”

Just so, Dr. Wallace.

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  1. I know this is off base Dr. Birzer, but seeing as how immersed you are in the study of America's founders, what do you make of this accusation against Jefferson? Is this the truth about him? Was he (and were other founders) so anti-religious? Here is the article, it's not long:

    This is not the first time I have come across these kinds of accusations against the "fathers".

  2. And Strauss is really not a conservative…rather he is the founder of a school of Neo-Jacobins, who like Boromir, think the One Ring can be used for good purposes.

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