Finding Faith in the Manger: Berlioz’s “Infancy of Christ”

By |2019-12-25T02:41:26-06:00December 24th, 2019|Categories: Christmas, Hector Berlioz, Hector Berlioz Sesquicentennial Series, Music, Timeless Essays|

Could anything as tender and touching as "L’Enfance du Christ" have been written by a man who did not believe? One hopes that professed atheist Hector Berlioz was able to find the Christmas that he portrayed so beautifully. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Robert Reilly, as he [...]

“Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day”: A Christmas Carol for All Seasons

By |2019-12-25T02:32:05-06:00December 24th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Culture, Michael De Sapio, Music, Senior Contributors|

“Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” hearkens back to an era when theological ideas were part of everyone’s mental awareness, ripe for poetry and song. Though the idea of Christ and humanity being united as bridegroom and bride is a classic Christian motif, we are surprised to find it in a popular Christmas carol, [...]

Mystically at the Crib

By |2019-12-24T01:20:09-06:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Culture, Timeless Essays, Wyoming Catholic College|

The baby in the cave is a paradox that reveals you and demands your potential for dignity, sacrificial love, demands in love that you become what you were made to be—and does this with the sweet, absolutely helpless cry of a newborn child. His very helplessness, like the poor of the world, the helpless, [...]

Holiday Therapy: César Franck’s “Panis Angelicus”

By |2019-12-22T22:27:20-06:00December 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Culture, Music|

César Franck’s beautiful short piece, “Panis Angelicus,” seems to epitomize all that is good about December, while serving as good therapy against those manic bouts of mandated (and teeth-gritting) good cheer. You hear the opening notes and your shoulders unclench; your thoughts slow. Your ears prick up in order to catch every beautiful note. [...]

The Scandal of Christmas

By |2019-12-22T03:34:19-06:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Religion, Senior Contributors, Theology|

The Nativity is an outrage. God who is outside of time should not step into time. God the omnipotent should not become a helpless child. God the all-knowing should not empty himself and lock himself into the limitations of mortality. However, it is the incredible outrage of it all that gives one pause. After [...]

Five New Classical Solo Albums for Gifting

By |2019-12-18T16:05:30-06:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Music|

So many classical solo albums released this year.... I have five unique choices as gift recommendations for Christmas, comprising two cellos, two violins, and one piano. 1. I became aware of my first choice in late spring thanks to reader Frida Peeple. After reading my essay on Vivaldi’s cello concertos, she mentioned Croatian-Slovenian Luka Šulić’s [...]

“The Nativity”

By |2019-12-17T16:04:41-06:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Music|

American composer Paul Creston's Symphony No. 3 is composed of three movements, each depicting one of the mysteries of the life of Christ: "The Nativity," "The Crucifixion," and "The Resurrection." Here is more rom the Naxos recording of this work: In his Symphony No.3 Creston expressed his deep religious feelings in an orchestral Life of Christ. Premiered [...]

Gollum and the Spirit of Christmas

By |2019-12-09T17:50:09-06:00December 14th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christianity, Christmas, Imagination, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Senior Contributors|

When we think of writers associated with Christmas, Dickens would no doubt come to mind, as, perhaps, would Chesterton. It is unlikely, however, that the name of Tolkien would spring to mind. In Tolkien’s works, such as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, set in Middle-earth, there is no place [...]

7 Book Suggestions for Christmas from ISI… at Half-Price!

By |2019-12-12T23:51:24-06:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christmas, Conservatism, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Whenever The Imaginative Conservative asks me for Christmas gift recommendations, I think of P.G. Wodehouse. “The first rule in buying Christmas presents,” Wodehouse wrote, “is to select something shiny.” Why? “Because the wariest person will often mistake shininess for expensiveness.” […]

Nine Great Christmas Reads

By |2019-12-11T14:00:38-06:00December 11th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christine Norvell, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Imagination, Literature, Senior Contributors|

Christmas reads can be described in pairs it seems—single stories and collections, old and new, for readers young and old. You may have a few of these on your shelves, or you may be looking for gift ideas, a way to invest in the imagination, in the heart, or both. […]