Stratford Caldecott

About Stratford Caldecott

Stratford Caldecott (1953-2014) was a Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. He was the editor of the Humanum Review, and co-editor of Second Spring. He authored Beauty for Truth’s Sake, Beauty in the Word, All Things Made New, The Power of the Ring, The Seven Sacraments, Not as the World Gives: The Way of Creative Justice and The Radiance of Being. Dr. Caldecott was also a Research Fellow at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford.

The Truth About Political Correctness

By |2020-06-22T00:56:14-05:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Communio, Equality, Politics, Reason, Senior Contributors, Stratford Caldecott, Truth|

Political correctness is philosophical nonsense. What we need is Justice not just Equality, Moral Responsibility not just Freedom, Intelligence not just Reason, and Charity not just Niceness or Fraternity—even if these don’t sound so good on a banner. Political correctness identifies a syndrome we all recognize, but is hard to define. It can be best [...]

A Theology of Gift: The Divine Benefactor and Universal Kinship

By |2020-07-05T20:17:58-05:00December 9th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Economics, Essential, Philosophy, Stratford Caldecott, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Stratford Caldecott as he considers the divine nature of giving as explained by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher My topic is a theological appreciation of the notion of “gift”, and how this throws light on what something is, which [...]

CGI Apocalypse: The Veiling of Nature

By |2018-06-07T02:52:00-05:00June 10th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Culture, Nature, Science, Stratford Caldecott, Technology, Timeless Essays|

The world may ultimately be broken down, not into atoms or elements or quanta of energy, but into something like “pixels” or units of information. These build up into the impressions of things that are the objects of our consciousness, constituting the other half of reality… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our [...]

Out of the Liquid City

By |2019-08-15T11:49:41-05:00February 14th, 2016|Categories: Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Culture, Featured, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Secularism, Stratford Caldecott, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Stratford Caldecott in coming out of the liquid city, and embracing the order of love and beauty.  —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher During the infamous Brixton Riots of 1981—clashes between the police and the African-Caribbean community in south London—I was driving back to [...]

The Provocative Imagination Behind Comic Books

By |2016-02-16T14:35:33-06:00August 3rd, 2015|Categories: Imagination, Stratford Caldecott, Superheroes, Technology|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series, affords our readers the opportunity to join Professor Stratford Caldecott as he goes beyond the artistic elements of comics and marvels at the questions begged by their narration—questions concerning the meaning of life and the relationship between man and technology. —Alyssa M. Barnes, Editorial Assistant) The imagination of the child [...]

The Field of Tolkien Studies: A Brief Guide

By |2016-05-24T22:46:25-05:00April 18th, 2015|Categories: Books, Featured, Imagination, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stratford Caldecott|

The field of “Tolkien studies” continues to evolve. The book based on the Exeter College conference, Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: Sources of Inspiration, is still available and remains one of the most interesting collections of academic essays on this topic. The journal of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, VII, has for thirty years [...]

The English Spring of Catholicism

By |2016-02-12T15:28:07-06:00September 9th, 2014|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, G.K. Chesterton|

This is a remarkable, indeed a staggering book. Each of the four sections, on G. K. Chesterton, Graham Greene, Christopher Dawson, and David Jones, taken alone, would have made it worthwhile. Taken together, they offer an illuminating analysis of the vigorous Catholic revival that took place in Britain during the early and middle years of [...]

A New Secularism: The Secular Franciscan Order

By |2020-10-03T20:28:48-05:00June 29th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, Christianity, Secularism|

Secular Franciscanism offers a world of individualism, but what opens up before us is a new secularism in which a figure like St. Francis enables people around him to think about the potential of human existence in a new way. Francis of Assisi rapidly became the most universally popular of Christian saints, canonized only two [...]

The Core of Catholic Education: Philosophy of Schooling Is at Stake

By |2016-02-14T16:01:01-06:00June 21st, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Classical Education, Communio, Education, Liberal Learning, Stratford Caldecott|

As the author of two books laying out a new Catholic philosophy of education based on the traditional liberal arts (Beauty in the Word and Beauty for Truth’s Sake), I have mixed feelings about the Common Core. The Common Core grew out of a report on American education called “Ready or Not: Creating a High [...]

Not as the World Gives: The Way of Creative Justice

By |2018-12-04T16:50:30-06:00May 14th, 2014|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Featured, Stratford Caldecott|

In a book on Catholic social doctrine, published just after Easter, I found myself integrating a lifetime’s work on a range of topics, from liturgy to politics, from sex to economics. Not As the World Gives aims to show us the nature of society by showing us ourselves. But that is the biggest reality of [...]


By |2016-07-17T09:59:55-05:00March 24th, 2014|Categories: Communio, Culture, Featured, Stratford Caldecott|

From my wheelchair I noticed that there was only one letter different between these two words—the word for the study of cancer, and for the study of being. That posed me a challenge. What is this difference? What is cancer, and what is being? Why is there no “Ontology Ward” in my local hospital? Would [...]

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