C. R. Wiley

An Imaginative Conservative’s “Man of the House”

By |2017-05-17T23:27:21-06:00May 17th, 2017|Categories: Books, C. R. Wiley, Family, John Willson, Virtue|

The theme of C.R. Wiley’s “Man of the House” is that the Great Progressive Fallacy—the individual is the moral center of the culture, and that the state is the individual’s protector—serves only the forces of destruction… Man of the House: A Handbook for Building a Shelter that will Last in a World that is [...]

Christmas Gifts that Conserve from Old New England

By |2016-02-12T15:28:04-06:00December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Anthony Esolen, C. R. Wiley, Christianity, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|Tags: |

On election night, when the returns come in, folks around the country generally look upon the results from New England with a mixture of horror and puzzlement. Even though I have lived in New England most of my life I admit to looking at them in the same way. My feelings have something to [...]

Gaining Gravitas

By |2014-12-10T18:08:25-06:00November 19th, 2014|Categories: Books, C. R. Wiley, Conservation, Philosophy|

Until you can tell Junior, “I’m not your friend, I’m your father,” you’ll always be a lightweight. Now, some guys like to keep it that way; they like to keep it light. It keeps them from having to shoulder certain heavy responsibilities. I’m not saying these guys are completely irresponsible. Some of them are [...]

How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization

By |2018-09-26T17:45:16-06:00April 6th, 2014|Categories: Books, C. R. Wiley, Religion, Western Civilization|Tags: |

How the West Really Lost God by Mary Eberstadt We can hope that Western civilization is in the early stages of awakening from a bad dream. Mary Eberstadt’s new book may help with that. It is more a stirring nudge than a blaring alarm—in part because it is an accessible work of social science, [...]

One Flesh and Other Household Mysteries

By |2014-01-24T20:24:58-06:00January 3rd, 2014|Categories: C. R. Wiley, Christianity, Culture, Marriage, Morality, Young Man's Guide to Building a House|

Chapter 4 in The Young Man’s Guide to Building a House “And the two shall become one flesh.” You don’t hear that much anymore, and when you do it is written off as poetry. With the low regard for poetry these days that pretty much relegates it to something fit for a greeting card. When [...]

Christmas Gifts That are True, Good, and Truly Beautiful

By |2014-12-10T11:42:44-06:00December 19th, 2013|Categories: C. R. Wiley, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Imaginative conservatives flee from the mass mind, so you should expect their Christmas gifts to come from parts unknown. They haven’t run just to be different—heaven forbid. Being obsessed with being unprecedented is itself a symptom of the mass mind. Instead imaginative conservatives are always on the lookout for things that are true, good, [...]

The Economics of Love: The Real Economy

By |2016-01-16T12:45:39-06:00October 2nd, 2013|Categories: C. R. Wiley, Christianity, Economics, Featured, Young Man's Guide to Building a House|

Chapter Three in The Young Man’s Guide to Building a House The words love and economy rarely find their ways into the same sentence. Economics has been called the dismal science but people write songs about love. You don’t write songs about economics unless you’re writing a parody. When most people hear the word economy they think about money. That is [...]

Notes to the Reader of the Young Man’s Guide to Building a House

By |2014-08-14T16:59:24-06:00June 12th, 2013|Categories: C. R. Wiley, Culture|Tags: , |

I am very hopeful about our long-term prospects, it is the near-term ones I’m worried about.  What’s the near-term?—the next few hundred years, give or take a century. Since the near-term is when my children and grandchildren will pass their lives I feel I should do something to help them. I’ve passed the half-life [...]

Sister Coulsey’s Furnace

By |2014-01-17T12:04:25-06:00May 11th, 2013|Categories: C. R. Wiley, Fiction, Literature, Moral Imagination|

Pastor Ricky had placed all his hopes on the Hawaiian shirt. He wanted to connect with people and he had seen one of those television preachers wearing one. The people at the TV preacher’s church were all tanned and good-looking. Some were even drinking coffee during the service. I need what that guy has, [...]

Lost and Found in the Cosmos: Lovecraft, Lewis & Alien Worlds

By |2019-05-30T12:21:58-06:00March 29th, 2013|Categories: C. R. Wiley, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Featured, Literature, Moral Imagination|

Recently some astronomers discovered two earth-sized planets orbiting Kepler-20, a star roughly 1,000 light years away. Congratulations to them; their detective work was nearly as awe-inspiring as the news. A flurry of articles followed the find, speculating on the nature of these worlds, along with a little speculation on whether or not we will [...]