America’s Freedom Image Problem

By |2018-09-26T15:23:34-05:00September 25th, 2018|

The week after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush addressed a joint session of Congress. He gave in many respects an eloquent and well-crafted speech. It set down with considerable skill the meaning of the attacks and reasons to launch the war on terrorism. Nonetheless, the President made few references [...]

Aldous Huxley’s Mirror

By |2018-04-12T22:25:47-05:00April 11th, 2018|

Aldous Huxley cautions modern folk, who think or assume that they can continuously redefine or reconstruct primary forms of human relationship without risk, that their actions may lead to unintended, unanticipated, and unwanted consequences… Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from Rallying the Really Human Things by Vigen Guroian (325 pages, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2005)  The theme of [...]

Russell Kirk: Christian Humanism and Conservatism

By |2018-01-21T22:46:11-05:00January 21st, 2018|

Russell Kirk was aware that others had also claimed the mantle of humanism, but in the name of secularism. The revival of Christian humanism in our time is spurred by the need to respond to the rise of this popular secular humanism and its half-truths… During a dinner conversation with Russell and Annette Kirk [...]

Awakening the Moral Imagination

By |2017-02-28T00:00:18-05:00February 27th, 2017|

The beauty of fairy tales is their ability to attractively depict character and virtue. Goodness glimmers while wickedness and deception are unmasked… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Vigen Guroian as he explores the benefits fairy tales afford children. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The notion that fairy [...]

The Iconographic Fiction of Flannery O’Connor

By |2017-02-25T22:26:09-05:00February 25th, 2017|

Flannery O’Connor made it her task to show her readers that the world is surrounded by mystery and that the physical creation is itself an icon and a window into that mystery… “What the word says, the image shows silently; what we have heard, we have seen.” That is how the Seventh Great Ecumenical [...]

Awakening the Moral Imagination

By |2019-02-07T12:08:10-05:00May 7th, 2013|Tags: , |

The notion that fairy tales and fantasy stories stimulate and instruct the moral imagination of the young is, of course, not new. The Victorians certainly held to that notion when they brought the fairy tale into the nursery. In our day, we have seen a resurgence of interest in the fairy tale. The renowned [...]