Dwight Longenecker

Dwight Longenecker

About Dwight Longenecker

Fr. Dwight Longenecker is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. A graduate of Oxford University, he is the Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, in Greenville, SC, and author of sixteen books including The Romance of Religion, The Quest for the Creed, and Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men. He contributes to many magazines, papers, and journals, including National Catholic Register, St Austin Review, Catholic Digest, and Intercollegiate Review. Visit his blog, listen to his podcasts, browse his books, and be in touch at dwightlongenecker.com.

Michelangelo’s Last “Pieta”

By |2019-03-17T14:44:20-05:00March 17th, 2019|Categories: Art, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Religion, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

The Florentine Pieta was not commissioned. Instead, Michelangelo intended it for his own tomb. He worked on the sculpture in his spare time, late into the night with a candle fixed to his hat for light. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Dwight Longenecker as he considers [...]

Eliot and Irons

By |2019-03-16T12:02:11-05:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Imagination, Literature, Poetry, T.S. Eliot|

Hearing T.S. Eliot's poems read brings us back to the haunting beauty of the words themselves, and hearing the words unlocks Eliot’s powerful imagery, just as he would have wanted. Jeremy Irons' classic rendition empowers this strange transaction, and through the words we are taken beyond the words to the realm of the Word. Those [...]

My Kinship With Cain: What I Have Learned From My Prison Visits

By |2019-03-10T08:47:42-05:00March 9th, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Senior Contributors|

When I visit the prison, I can’t help but compare this ragged group of criminals to the people I deal with outside the razor wire. If prison is the place where one cannot lie to oneself, the world outside the razor wire is where it is nearly impossible not to lie to oneself… Go to [...]

Why You Should Read Church History

By |2019-02-17T15:26:45-05:00February 16th, 2019|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, History, Religion, Senior Contributors, Tradition|

A good reason for reading church history is that it gives one hope, helping one navigate the stormy waters of yesterday’s news with a calm hand on the tiller. And not only does it put present turmoil into perspective, but it helps one realize that things have often been bad, but despite all the [...]

The Power of Pilgrimage

By |2019-02-02T17:18:00-05:00February 2nd, 2019|Categories: Christian Living, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, History, Senior Contributors, Tradition|

There is within the human heart the need to set out on pilgrimage as if there is a power unlocked in the journey. There is a sense of seeking and finding—that through one’s visit to the holy places there will be growth in grace, enlightenment, and new inspiration… Four years ago my friend Joseph [...]

The Sirens of Certainty

By |2019-07-09T13:29:54-05:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Conservatism, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Modernity, Religion, Senior Contributors, Tradition|

The sirens tempted unwary sailors towards the rocks with their enchanting song and alluring loveliness. They often stand for the lusts of the flesh, but their destructive allure perhaps more powerfully stands for the seductive enchantment of primitivism, fundamentalism, and restorationism. […]

T.S. Eliot’s Magical Journey

By |2019-08-22T15:21:31-05:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: Books, Character, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Literature, Poetry, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot|

Through T.S. Eliot’s use of symbolism in “The Journey of the Magi” there is a call to a world beyond words—just as the mystics of historic Christianity beckoned to Eliot from the beginning of his journey…  In the summer of 1927, just after his baptism into the (Anglo) Catholic faith, T.S. Eliot wrote “The [...]

The Underground Shakespeare

By |2018-12-22T09:16:58-05:00December 21st, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, England, History, Literature, Mystery, Senior Contributors, Theater, William Shakespeare|

Despite their obscurity, The Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonis were Shakespeare’s best-sellers. But why were these poems so wildly popular? In Shadowplay—her first book about the secret messages in Shakespeare’s plays—Clare Asquith explains what sparked first her imagination and then her research: In the early 1980s she and her husband attended a [...]

Incarnation and the Moving Image: Towards a Christian Philosophy of Film

By |2019-06-24T16:36:41-05:00December 8th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Film|

In the iconoclasm controversy of the eighth century, the church debated the possibility of images in worship. The Eastern Church, challenged by the rise of Islam, with its total prohibition of religious imagery, worried that Christian imagery broke the commandment forbidding the making of graven images. The iconoclasts also argued that the only true [...]

The Authenticity of Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino”

By |2018-11-30T22:45:18-05:00December 1st, 2018|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Film|

Clint Eastwood made his name with a squint, a glare, a snarl, and a few well-chosen one-liners. His vigilante loner has served him well in films from the spaghetti Westerns, the Dirty Harry franchise, Unforgiven, Pale Rider, and more. All these roles are summed up in Walt Kowalski—the main character in the 2008 film Gran Torino [...]

God’s Gamble: Gethsemane, Free Will, & the Fate of Man

By |2018-11-25T00:33:14-05:00November 24th, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Heaven, Senior Contributors, Theology|

Did God gamble everything in the Garden of Gethsemane, the second Adam facing a real, existential, and eternal choice of going through with the Father’s will or backing away from it? God’s Gamble: The Gravitational Power of  Crucified Love, by Gil Bailie (384 pages, Angelico Press, 2016) Few thinkers have stormed the post modern [...]