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.

The Authenticity of Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino”

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

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|

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 [...]

The Return of Storytelling in a Digital Age

By |2018-11-14T05:56:51-05:00November 13th, 2018|

Podcast stories, like reading, have the advantage of engaging the audience’s imagination. And lest the technophobes among us decry the dominance of gadgets, rather than the gadgetry taking us into a brave new world, the technology is actually allowing us to participate in a much older form of literature: storytelling… Some time ago, on [...]

Two Kinds of Jesuits

By |2018-11-03T23:58:27-05:00November 3rd, 2018|

Whereas heroic missionary effort and martyrdom seemed the hallmark of the first Jesuits, the second generation moved in a different direction... In the Roman calendar, October is a harvest for militant saints. Kicking off with Saint Therese of Lisieux who proclaimed, “Sanctity! It must be won at the point of a sword!”, the calendar marches [...]

Our Own American Genocide: “Gosnell,” the Movie

By |2018-10-22T21:33:49-05:00October 22nd, 2018|

While Gosnell tells the true story of a squalid, back-street abortion mill, we are also reminded by the film that the majority of baby murders are committed legally by nice, middle-class people who are well-connected, well-off, well-educated, well-spoken, and well-funded... A friend once commented about Christian films, “For ‘Christian’ read ‘inferior’.” His critique was all [...]

The Coen Brothers’ “True Grit”: Little Girls, Outrageous Outcasts, & Romantic Fools

By |2018-10-12T16:55:06-05:00October 12th, 2018|

The Coen brothers' heroes in True Grit are wacky anti-heroes, representing the common man against the establishment elite, the ordinary man in the face of outlandish wickedness. As such, they inspire every outsider who longs for greatness, every outcast who has a heart of genius, and every romantic fool who loves beauty, truth, and goodness for their own sake... True [...]

Aliens, Elephants, and Angels

By |2018-09-29T22:07:27-05:00September 29th, 2018|

Some time ago while wasting time I came across a seemingly profound, but ultimately silly discussion which is prevalent within popular culture. It’s called the Fermi Paradox, and it goes like this: “There are billions of stars out there like the sun. Therefore, statistically there must be billions of planets like earth where intelligent life has developed. Given the vast amount of [...]

C.S. Lewis and the Lavender Inner Ring

By |2018-12-03T22:19:51-05:00September 1st, 2018|

Inner Rings exist in the institutions of every human endeavor, and the desire to belong leads the individual not at first to some great wickedness, but to the incremental compromise of truth and goodness required in order to be accepted by the insiders—leading, at last, to complete capitulation to the forces of evil... Among C.S.Lewis’ [...]

Opting for Saint Benedict in an Ordinary Parish

By |2019-01-27T15:26:18-05:00August 4th, 2018|

Like Saint Benedict we’re not trying to change the whole world. We’re simply doing what we can with what we have where we are… I first encountered Saint Benedict while I was a student at Oxford. I had enrolled to train as a priest in the Church of England, but a Catholic woman in [...]

Black & White, But Gray All Over: Two Films by Graham Greene

By |2018-07-21T22:39:26-05:00July 21st, 2018|

Graham Greene’s morality tales are complex, subtle, and intricate. They horrify us not only in the puzzle of solving the crime, but in the more profound puzzle of good and evil, death and damnation, life and love, sin and salvation… Film noir means ‘Black Film’, and in the classic film noir all is dark. [...]

Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard

By |2018-07-14T22:34:22-05:00July 14th, 2018|

René Girard gave the intellectual universe a way of seeing old truths in a new way and new truths through an old lens. As a result, his work has already been hugely influential in a range of disciplines, both academic and cultural… Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard by Cynthia L. Haven [...]

Rebuilding Western Civilization: A Tale of Two Monasteries

By |2019-03-05T12:06:13-05:00July 7th, 2018|

The three vows of the Benedictine monk are obedience, stability, and conversion of life. In our own ways, we can follow this example, making it real by paying attention to prayer, cracking the books in solid study, and rolling up our sleeves in the honest, hard work of rebuilding what has fallen into despair [...]

The Quest for Love

By |2019-04-04T12:29:51-05:00June 30th, 2018|

Humanity is mystified by Love. All humans experience it. None can explain it. The mysterious genesis of this strange gift, the wondrous beginnings of this bizarre quality within the human heart prompts the greatest quest of all: the quest for Love… My friend Carol is a writer of medical romantic fiction. This does not [...]