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 Elemental Song of Creation: Genesis, Hildegard, Tolkien

By |2016-02-14T16:01:01-06:00December 8th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Christopher Morrissey, Communio, Featured, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stratford Caldecott|

If we reconstruct J.R.R. Tolkien’s reading of Genesis from the opening pages of The Silmarillion, then, on Tolkien’s interpretation, only days four through six involve the actualization of material existence, whereas the first three days concern creation in an immaterial realm. Stratford Caldecott notes three correspondences between Genesis and Tolkien’s myth: between heaven and the [...]

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 [...]

Stratford Caldecott: A Man Fitted for Our Time

By |2016-08-05T22:18:13-05:00September 16th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, David L. Schindler, Stratford Caldecott|

Editor’s Note: Stratford Caldecott was a Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. The eulogy below was given by fellow contributor David Schindler at Dr. Caldecott’s Requiem Mass, Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola (July 31, 2014). Stratford Caldecott was a man fitted for our time. We must submit to providence about why he has left us so soon. [...]

Requiescat in pace, Stratford Caldecott

By |2016-11-04T19:18:34-05:00July 18th, 2014|Categories: Stratford Caldecott, W. Winston Elliott III|

It is with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday of a great man, Stratford Caldecott, a Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. Stratford graced our pages with some sixty-six essays, on such wonderful and varied topics as: the nature of the human soul; the essence of beauty; the mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien; the philosophy of G.K. Chesterton; Prince Charles as [...]

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 [...]

Superheroes Do Exist: #CapForStrat

By |2016-02-14T16:04:43-06:00June 14th, 2014|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Second Spring, Stratford Caldecott|

A quiet but tenacious scholar and gentleman, Oxford’s Stratford Caldecott has spent his life as an editor and writer, a promoter of everything and every and any one who seeks in this rather fallen world to discover the eternal good, the true, and the beautiful. For decades, through his own writings, through his excellent journal, [...]

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