Christopher S. Morrissey

Christopher Morrissey

About Christopher Morrissey

Christopher S. Morrissey teaches Greek and Latin on the Faculty of Philosophy at the Seminary of Christ the King located at the Benedictine monastery of Westminster Abbey in Mission, British Columbia. He also lectures in logic and philosophy at Trinity Western University. He is a Fellow of the Adler-Aquinas Institute and a Member of the Inklings Institute of Canada. He studied Ancient Greek and Latin at the University of British Columbia and has taught classical mythology, history, and ancient languages at Simon Fraser University, where he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on René Girard. His book of Hesiod’s poetry, Hesiod: Theogony / Works and Days, is published by Talonbooks.

The Godless City: Until Buildings Have Faces

By |2019-09-12T11:29:47-05:00June 5th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Art, Books, Christianity, Christopher Morrissey, Featured, Roger Scruton|

When the modern city enshrines the temporariness of facelessness as a permanently utilitarian way of life, then something has gone dreadfully wrong… The Aesthetics of Architecture by Roger Scruton (Princeton University Press, 2013) One of the principal observations of Sir Roger Scruton about the modern city is an architectural observation. Modern architecture expresses the [...]

Historical Consciousness & the Roman Road

By |2017-07-08T07:46:09-05:00May 21st, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Conservatism, Featured, History, Literature, Poetry, Rome, Timeless Essays|

The Roman Road is nothing less than the royal road of all adult historical consciousness. That road is the way of the imaginative conservative, who does not throw away the all-connecting vision of childhood, and then replace it with another, “more sophisticated” way of thinking… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers [...]

Roger Scruton on Architectural Principles in an Age of Nihilism

By |2017-05-19T09:20:45-05:00May 18th, 2017|Categories: Architecture, Art, Beauty, Books, Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Modernity, Roger Scruton|

Without defending the citadel of the mind, how can we build a beautiful city? Without the conviction of true propositions, whence do we think beauty will come?… In Conversations with Roger Scruton (2016), Mark Dooley engages in a fascinating book-length interview with the famous English philosopher. While best known academically for unfashionable arguments on [...]

Truth, Cultural Renewal, and the Benedict Option

By |2017-07-01T09:45:02-05:00May 1st, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Christopher Morrissey, Featured, Truth|

If rights are real, and are founded on reality, then perhaps we should also be skeptical of Rod Dreher’s notion of a “Benedict Option.” Being in the world is a necessary condition for not being of it and for generating a genuine cultural flourishing… No doubt Rod Dreher’s book, The Benedict Option, has Imaginative Conservatives talking about [...]

Good Words on a Good Friday

By |2017-04-13T22:19:45-05:00April 13th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Joseph Haydn|

The “Seven Last Words of Christ” can seen as the verbal expression of an interior reality: namely, the mind of Christ, as formed according to a deeply ingrained, habitual life practice of living mindfully according to the Lord’s Prayer… Holy Week is an especially fruitful time for prayerful meditation. There are many liturgical events [...]

Stupid from the Beginning: Meditations on the Banality of Evil

By |2017-05-17T21:14:52-05:00March 29th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christopher Morrissey, Featured|

How is it that the most unremarkable and small-minded stupidity can accomplish evils of such enormous magnitude?... Adolf Eichmann In Eichmann at Jerusalem, the book that collects the articles she wrote for The New Yorker about the 1961 trial of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, Hannah Arendt puts forth her arresting thesis [...]

Beware the Ides of March: Everybody Loves to Hate a Scapegoat

By |2017-03-13T15:34:45-05:00March 14th, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, History, William Shakespeare|

Those of conservative temperament will be wary of those who refuse to take seriously the scapegoating dimension of the current populist ideologies, which tell sad tales of villains who must be targeted and punished… “Beware the Ides of March!” As it does every year, this March fifteenth affords us the opportunity to contemplate the [...]

Must Digital Technology Make Enemies of Us All?

By |2019-04-23T16:06:12-05:00March 7th, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Featured, Film, Information Age, Technology, William F. Buckley Jr.|

Given the choice, people would rather watch flat-out conflict and crosstalk rather than a more plodding format of elevated discourse and sober deliberation… The documentary film Best of Enemies (2015) is not just a compelling chronicle and contextualization of the famous 1968 television debates between William F. Buckley, Jr., and Gore Vidal. As the [...]

Being Human in a Digital Age of Light & Darkness

By |2019-06-25T16:56:16-05:00February 18th, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Donald Trump, Featured, Technology|

For anyone to hold “the media” in contempt—for example, over “fake news”—is nothing but a bizarre form of self-loathing… In this digital age of polarized politics, where can we look for guidance on how to turn down the heat? After all, we don’t want to blow ourselves up. Fortunately, although the imperative to use [...]

Shakespeare: Three Plays About Human Desire

By |2019-03-19T10:21:31-05:00February 4th, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Love, William Shakespeare|

Far from dissuading young lovers everywhere, the names of Romeo and Juliet are famously immortalized. True love remains attractive, even when it dies young. Maybe the early demise even becomes part of the appeal. A tragic end wins immortality for the lovers… In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the theme of romantic desire prohibited [...]

John Deely: A Philosopher’s Life

By |2017-01-21T10:59:58-05:00January 20th, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Philosophy, Reason|

The world lost one of its keenest philosophical minds when John Deely passed away on January 7, 2017. As a philosopher, John developed his insights by working within the fertile soil of the Catholic intellectual tradition. The influence of the great French Thomist Jacques Maritain was immense, not only in John’s professional life, but [...]

Catullus on Sappho: The Divine Ecstasy of Love

By |2017-01-14T22:45:54-05:00January 14th, 2017|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Poetry, Senior Contributors|

The Roman poet Catullus translated a masterful love poem by the Greek poet Sappho, adapting it into a Latin version that is neither simply literal nor straightforwardly accurate, but, rather, a brilliant reinterpretation… The Roman poet Catullus translated a masterful love poem by the Greek poet Sappho, adapting it from her Greek (Sappho 31) [...]

A Holiday Film Festival for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2016-12-28T22:17:38-05:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Film, Star Trek, Superheroes, Whit Stillman|

One way to celebrate the Christmas season and the New Year is to relax with family and friends by coming together around a movie. Here’s a list of suggestions: 1. Rogue One To enjoy this film, you have to go into it realizing that you are not going to see a Star Wars episode. It [...]

Ten Good Books for Christmas Gifting

By |2016-12-17T12:59:46-05:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: Books, Christmas, Christopher Morrissey, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Senior Contributors|

In keeping with a grand tradition of The Imaginative Conservative, in which we share with one another the precious gift of good reading, I would like to offer my own suggestions for some Christmas gift books. Here are my ten recommendations; feel free to pick and choose: […]