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.

Aliens, Elephants, and Angels

By |2019-06-25T17:07:18-05:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Science, Senior Contributors, Space, Time|

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|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker|

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’ [...]

“A Bloody Habit”: The Story of a Vampire-Slaying Priest

By |2018-08-11T22:19:29-05:00August 11th, 2018|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Dwight Longenecker, Evil, Fiction|

Where are the Flannery O’Connors and Evelyn Waughs of our day, who can be witty about wickedness and plant their theology in the thicket of character, the turns of a plot, and the twist of a knife? Where are the writers who can be both entertaining and enlightening? A Bloody Habit by Eleanor Bourg [...]

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

By |2018-07-21T22:39:26-05:00July 21st, 2018|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Film, Morality|

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. [...]

Rebuilding Western Civilization: A Tale of Two Monasteries

By |2019-07-18T12:11:27-05:00July 7th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Community, Dwight Longenecker, England, John Senior, St. Benedict, Tradition|

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|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Heroism, Literature, Love, Religion|

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 [...]

Traditional Liturgy: The Great Unifier

By |2018-06-22T16:29:41-05:00June 9th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Religion|

The traditional liturgy may be a surprising magnet for disparate groups to be united because it is so ancient. It transcends culture because of both its antiquity and its ubiquity. It also transcends personal taste and cultural fashions… When I was a student at Oxford, my parents came to visit, and on her first [...]

Four Good Non-Christian Books by Christian Authors

By |2018-05-27T12:41:47-05:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Fiction, Literature, Senior Contributors|

C.S. Lewis once observed that we don’t need more Christian books, we need more Christian writers. In other words, people of faith who have the gift should write not just worthy books on prayer. They should write novels and children’s stories and cookbooks and travel books, fantasy, fiction, poetry, and drama. His point was [...]

Modern America: A Disneyland Dystopia

By |2018-05-18T12:15:40-05:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Culture, Death, Dwight Longenecker, Dystopia|

In modern America, all the dystopian horrors exist hand-in-hand with what seems like one perpetual theme-park existence. The war, torture, abortions, castrations, murders, suicides, drug addiction, homelessness, and medical horrors reside side-by-side with the smiling face of America, where everyone has perfect teeth and waves out a cheerful, “Have a nice day!”… Having just [...]

New Blood in New Books

By |2019-01-23T12:59:57-05:00April 28th, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Literature|

Books bequeath a poetic knowledge that human beings simply cannot obtain in any other way. As long as souls long for the preservation of wisdom, for a shared conversation that spans time and place, we will have books… Joshua Hren is an Assistant Director of the Honors College at Belmont Abbey and Editor-in-Chief of [...]

Movies, Myth, and History

By |2018-04-21T22:19:35-05:00April 21st, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Film, Gospel Reflection, History, Myth|

What shall we make of filmmakers who twist history for propaganda purposes? In an extreme way, they are doing what all historians do: They are not only recording history, they are also interpreting it—and can history be done without interpreting the facts?… Some time ago I watched a fascinating documentary on the assassination of [...]

Francis Under Fire: Lawler and Douthat Critique the Pope

By |2018-04-13T15:50:55-05:00April 7th, 2018|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Liberal, Liberalism, Pope Francis|

Two conservative authors have assessed Pope Francis’ pontificate with devastating results… Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis is Misleading His Flock by Philip Lawler (256 pages, Gateway Editions, 2018) To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism by Ross Douthat (256 pages, Simon & Schuster, 2018) Five years into his papacy and poor Pope Francis [...]