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.

Archetypes: Masculine and Feminine

By |2016-07-17T09:59:56-05:00February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Communio, Featured, Pope Francis, Stratford Caldecott, Theology|Tags: |

In his famous press conference on the plane coming back from Rio, Pope Francis called for a more profound theology of woman–he even used the word “mystical”. For what he might mean, see “Sincere Gift”, and also Paul Evdokimov’s Woman and the Salvation of the World: A Christian Anthropology on the Charisms of Women. One of the most [...]

G.K. Chesterton and Modernity

By |2020-06-13T21:27:10-05:00January 17th, 2014|Categories: Books, Christendom, Christianity, Communio, Culture, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Modernity, Morality, Stratford Caldecott|

I’m pretty sure G.K. Chesterton is in heaven, and therefore a saint—or at least I hope so, since this gives much hope to the rest of us. But, of course, he is not officially canonized. The campaign to introduce his Cause (if not the Cause itself) is underway. The appropriate bishop in Northampton diocese, where [...]

Out of the Liquid City

By |2016-02-17T14:02:10-06:00December 28th, 2013|Categories: Beauty, Christianity, Communio, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Secularism, Stratford Caldecott|

During the infamous Brixton Riots of 1981—clashes between the police and the African-Caribbean community in south London—I was driving back to my parents’ house at night and got lost in the fog. I found myself faced with a dramatic scene: the fog illuminated by fire, as the rioters overturned cars and set them alight. I [...]

The Heart of Wisdom

By |2021-04-09T15:50:06-05:00November 30th, 2013|Categories: Books, Communio, Featured, Stratford Caldecott, Wisdom|

There is a book that caught my attention and may well hold it to the end of my life. Written by an English hermit—Priest-Monk Silouan, a convert to Orthodoxy now living in a retreat on the Shropshire hills—Wisdom Songs is a collection of “Centuries”, chapters of a hundred meditations each, on a series of spiritual [...]

The Family at the Heart of a Culture of Life

By |2018-12-02T08:26:13-06:00October 16th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Culture, Family, Featured, Stratford Caldecott|

The bonds between the Church, the Holy Family, and the “domestic church” founded on the sacrament of marriage are intimate and profound. In a host of formal and informal pronouncements and teachings, Pope John Paul II consistently underlined the central importance of the family as the basic cell of human society, and sacramental marriage as the sole foundation on which [...]

Trinity and Society: Economics & the Search for a “New Way”

By |2019-07-18T15:23:41-05:00October 13th, 2013|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Distributism, Economics, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Stratford Caldecott|

The theological dimension is needed both for interpreting and solving present-day problems in human society. – John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 55 God Himself is a society. – G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Ch. 8 First Principles How radical can we be? Dare we begin, as Chesterton once did, “with a little girl’s hair”? In What’s Wrong with the [...]

CGI Apocalypse: The Veiling of Nature

By |2016-02-14T16:01:03-06:00October 7th, 2013|Categories: Communio, Culture, Nature, Stratford Caldecott, Technology|

Will the world end with a bang, or just a whimper, as T.S. Eliot predicted? Or will nobody notice at all? An eerie silence, as everyone listens to an endless stream of digital music on their iPods. Gradually, step by step, with the advance of computer technology, real things are being replaced by images of [...]

Male and Female Souls

By |2019-07-16T07:55:07-05:00September 28th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Marriage, Stratford Caldecott|Tags: |

To what extent are the differences between man and woman rooted in the soul, rather than just the body? If the soul is the “form” of the body, one might assume that masculinity and femininity are characteristics of the soul before they are of the body. Yet the tradition of patristic and medieval commentary on [...]

How We Know

By |2019-04-14T16:32:42-05:00September 24th, 2013|Categories: Communio, Philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas, Stratford Caldecott|

This is a golden age of scientific discovery. Nevertheless, the most basic things about ourselves remain a mystery. What is consciousness, for example? It is clearly correlated with processes happening in the brain, but that’s not what I mean. What is it, in the sense of what is it made of? It obviously isn’t made of [...]

Beauty of Numbers

By |2019-08-08T12:56:48-05:00September 21st, 2013|Categories: Books, Communio, Film, Liberal Learning, Mathematics, Stratford Caldecott|

Michael S. Schneider’s wonderful work A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe, which I recommended in Beauty for Truth’s Sake, is linked to a lot of classroom teaching that Michael has done over the years. This has now been captured in his superb DVD called Constructing the Universe, which could be an important resource for teachers and parents [...]

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