Louis Markos

About Louis Markos

Louis Markos is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. He is Professor in English & Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University where he holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities. His books include Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis; Apologetics for the 21st Century; From Achilles to Christ; On the Shoulders of Hobbits; and Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition.

Homer on Hospitality

By |2019-02-21T11:23:27-05:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Great Books, Homer, Imagination, Letters From Dante Series|

Author's Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other great poets of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages had been given the gift, not only to peer into the twenty-first century, but to correspond with we who live in that most confusing and rudderless of centuries. Had it been in their power [...]

Homer on Story-Telling

By |2019-02-05T20:46:11-05:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Homer, Imagination, Letters From Dante Series|

I have read your books, and I have discovered that many of you believe that people are products of their environment. How can you believe such things, and yet deny altogether the influence of the past? Nature may give us robust health or leave us scarred, but her traces upon us are minor things compared [...]

Homer on Decision-Making

By |2019-01-07T13:59:29-05:00January 1st, 2019|Categories: Homer, Imagination, Letters From Dante Series|

Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other great poets of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages had been given the gift, not only to peer into the twenty-first century, but to correspond with we who live in that most confusing and rudderless of centuries. Had it been in their power [...]

What Might Homer Say to Us About Leadership?

By |2019-01-07T14:00:14-05:00December 27th, 2018|Categories: Homer, Imagination, Leadership, Letters From Dante Series, Louis Markos|

Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other great poets of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages had been given the gift, not only to peer into the twenty-first century, but to correspond with we who live in that most confusing and rudderless of centuries. Had it been in their power [...]

On War: Homer’s Advice to Us

By |2018-12-27T13:54:39-05:00December 17th, 2018|Categories: Civilization, Homer, Imagination, Letters From Dante Series, Louis Markos, War|

Author's Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other great poets of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages had been given the gift, not only to peer into the twenty-first century, but to correspond with we who live in that most confusing and rudderless of centuries. Had it been in their power [...]

Of Men, Monkeys, and Jared Diamond

By |2019-02-18T02:27:20-05:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Books, Darwin, Featured, Louis Markos, Modernity|

For the twenty-first-century disciple of Darwin, man—though he possesses no essential, intrinsic worth that separates him from his chimpanzee cousins—has proven himself a most effective destroyer of that very mother nature who evolved him into his present form... The Third Chimpanzee, by Jared Diamond (432 pages, Harper Perennial, 2006) Of the three founding fathers of [...]

Augustine’s “Confessions” Unpacked

By |2018-12-09T08:42:02-05:00June 9th, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Faith, Great Books, Louis Markos, Religion, St. Augustine, Theology|

Augustine’s Confessions is first and foremost a prayer to God. Indeed, unless we read it as a prayer, we will not understand it; we will only study it… I Burned for Your Peace: Augustine’s Confessions Unpacked, by Peter Kreeft (240 pages, Ignatius Press, 2016) Back in 1990, I had the rare privilege of teaching [...]

In Defense of Those Who Protect Us

By |2019-05-21T14:43:13-05:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, J.R.R. Tolkien, Louis Markos, Memorial Day, Military, Timeless Essays, Veterans Day, Virtue, War|

Yes, we must hold our police and our military accountable, but we must also respect the difficulty and danger of their jobs and stop willfully blinding ourselves to the unpleasant realities around us… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Louis Markos as he uses The Lord of [...]

The Secret Battle of Ideas About God

By |2019-03-11T14:25:50-05:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Faith, Featured, History, Louis Markos, Religion, Secularism, Theology|

The Secret Battle of Ideas about God asks five simple questions that cut to the heart of what it means to be human: Am I loved? Why do I hurt? Does my life have meaning? Why can’t we just get along? Is there any hope for the world?… The Secret Battle of Ideas about God: Overcoming [...]

Pope Francis and the Caring Society

By |2018-12-09T08:42:03-05:00September 30th, 2017|Categories: Adam Smith, Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Civil Society, Compassion, Louis Markos, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Pope John Paul II, Virtue|

I’ve not been fully sure what to “make” of Pope Francis. He is clearly a man of God with a deep love for the poor and an even deeper personal humility. But how is one to respond to his pronouncements on economic and environmental issues?… Pope Francis and the Caring Society, ed. Robert M. [...]

In Defense of Those Who Protect Us

By |2018-12-09T08:42:04-05:00December 27th, 2016|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Featured, Film, Louis Markos|

Yes, we must hold our police and our military accountable, but we must also respect the difficulty and danger of their jobs and stop willfully blinding ourselves to the unpleasant realities around us… This semester, I am happily exercising one of my coveted privileges as an English professor: to guide a class of eager [...]