The Magi and the Obstinacy of Belief

By |2021-04-26T09:12:29-05:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: Books, Christianity, Christmas, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, History, Religion, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

The refusal to consider the possibility that the Magi were historical figures and not mythical magicians reflects the bias of both modernists and conservative believers. For Saint Matthew’s Gospel to actually be true rocks both their boats. As the new year begins, The Imaginative Conservative looks back at some of its finest essays of the [...]

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas: Belloc & Eliot on Twelfth Night & Epiphany

By |2021-01-05T12:21:37-06:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Poetry, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot|

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas two of my great loves sent to me a couple of great meditations on the mystery of the Nativity. The first and better-known meditation is by T.S. Eliot, whose “Journey of the Magi” places the poet in the entourage of the Three Wise Men as they journey to Bethlehem. [...]

“Good King Wenceslas”

By |2020-12-25T17:07:14-06:00December 25th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Music|

"Good King Wenceslas" is a Christmas carol that tells a story of a Bohemian king going on a journey and braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (December 26, the Second Day of Christmas). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle [...]

Moral Realism in Christmas Fantasy: “The Family Man”

By |2020-12-25T12:56:16-06:00December 25th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Culture, David Deavel, Family, Film, Morality, Senior Contributors|

Just as the advent of the Savior at Christmastime did not eliminate the consequences of human sin and foolishness but opened a new way forward, so too the vision of Jack Campbell in “The Family Man” does not change his wasted last thirteen years but opens up the possibility of a very different future for [...]

Christmas Story in Art: Giorgione’s “Adoration of the Shepherds”

By |2020-12-24T21:40:38-06:00December 24th, 2020|Categories: Art, Christmas, Culture|

In the center of Giorgione’s painting, “The Adoration of the Shepherds,” two shepherds genuflect before the Child, connecting the two worlds of the scene, the natural and the supernatural. The shepherds are the first men to recognize the divinity of Christ. While we are unlikely to identify with the Magi, those royal wise men, we [...]

The Poetry and Particularity of Mary

By |2020-12-23T18:44:54-06:00December 24th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Dwight Longenecker, Poetry, Senior Contributors|

At the Annunciation, in a room in Nazareth, the fresh innocence of Eve is recapitulated, but in a new configuration. This is the nature of creation: that all things general, to become real, must become particular. It should therefore not come as a surprise that God Himself should also take particular flesh from a particular [...]

History and the Holy Family

By |2020-12-26T09:49:26-06:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, History, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Uncategorized|

Our destiny is not ultimate non-existence via the grave but an everlasting existence beyond the grave. The birth of Christ is the death of Death. The Incarnation was at the centre of history and was also its end. This is the Good News of the Gospel that we celebrate at Christmas. There are three ways [...]

Jew and Greek

By |2020-12-25T18:28:06-06:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Glenn Arbery, Great Books, Iliad, Odyssey, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

Against the backdrop of angels and gods, Jew and Greek, comes the humble birth in Bethlehem. This most momentous intervention is God’s incarnation. God is the newborn mortal child wholly dependent on others to shelter and nourish him. He is also, at the same time, the ageless and immortal God on Whom all creation depends. [...]

“Greening the Church”

By |2020-12-15T11:14:45-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Poetry|

We bring into the church the evergreen, Fresh boughs of trees that last all winter long. And as we place them round, we sing a song About peace on earth, goodwill to men. We set them up to decorate, it seems, To bring some festive Christmas cheer along. […]

Beethoven and the Spirit of Christmas

By |2020-12-15T19:27:18-06:00December 15th, 2020|Categories: Beethoven 250, Christmas, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music|

Every time I hear the music of Beethoven, the spirit of Christmas touches my heart. Because Beethoven is bound up with love, Beethoven is bound up with Christ. During Advent, Christians everywhere are reminded of the great testament of Love becoming incarnate. Beethoven keeps pointing us to that reality. Ludwig van Beethoven was born in [...]

Tolkien and Lewis Under the Christmas Tree

By |2021-04-19T20:00:26-05:00December 14th, 2020|Categories: Books, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, J.R.R. Tolkien, Louis Markos, Senior Contributors|

With a seemingly (and thankfully) endless supply of books about J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis flowing out from every conceivable press, it is easy to overlook some hidden gems. To assist Imaginative Conservative readers with their Christmas book shopping, I have highlighted below some books about Lewis and/or Tolkien that have been published over the [...]

Advent in Uncertain Times

By |2020-12-11T13:27:21-06:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: Advent, Christianity, Christmas, Glenn Arbery, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

In these uncertain times, we are constantly being urged to historicize Christ, as though He were merely a symbolic figure in a moribund and culturally discredited system of thought. But Advent reminds us of the deep promise of the Nicene Creed. He was, He is, and He is to come. In this Advent, we await [...]

Poems and a Poor Old Lady in December

By |2020-12-11T16:27:33-06:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Poetry|

The experience of the Nativity that we celebrate every year naturally rouses feelings of joy and thanksgiving. The importance of the Advent season is that it tells us how to be receivers, and receiving is a humbling act that requires a recognition of some form of poverty within us. A most welcome December, and a [...]

Three Gift Suggestions for an Unordinary Christmas

By |2020-12-11T12:07:06-06:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Horvat|

Gift suggestions for this Christmas can’t be ordinary. They must reflect our upside-down times. There are three classes of gifts that I would recommend. These categories would enhance our dignity, expand our notions of the possible, and increase our identity as Christians. This isn’t an ordinary Christmas. In many places, officials are trying to steal [...]

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