Culture War

Meeting Christian Humanism

By |2019-07-03T14:43:34-06:00December 26th, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Culture War|

One of the things that I have, blessedly, never taken for granted is how many astounding intellects, diverse personalities, and creative persons I’ve encountered in my life. I don’t know what I did to deserve such interactions, but I’m both humbled and inspired by it all. As I’ve had the chance to note several [...]

The State vs. the Normal Good of Normal People

By |2019-07-11T10:46:37-06:00December 22nd, 2018|Categories: Abortion, Books, Civil Society, Culture War, Ethics, Family, Fr. James Schall, Homosexual Unions, Marriage, Modernity, Morality, Social Institutions|

What happens when our nation’s fundamental principles or standards are rejected? Jennifer Roback Morse’s new book, The Sexual State, is a lively and forceful examination of where we came from, where we are now, and where we ought to be on matters of human life… Genesis tells us that man was created “male and female.” [...]

The Diversity Delusion: Race and Gender in Our Universities

By |2019-08-08T15:16:40-06:00December 20th, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture War, Education, Ideology, Modernity, Progressivism, Western Civilization|

Heather Mac Donald has written a no-holds-barred attack on the modern American university, where the absence of courage is only the tip of a very large and menacing iceberg… The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald (288 pages, St. Martin’s Press, 2018) This [...]

Gift Challenges for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2018-12-10T11:52:44-06:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Christmas, Culture, Culture War, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Horvat|

Not unlike the times of Our Lord, we live in the paradox of a world in disorder yet under the appearance of order. Beneath the veneer of optimism and prosperity, many people experience lives of trial and suffering due to the lifestyles of frenetic intemperance they have adopted. […]

Can America Become a Christian Society Again?

By |2018-12-03T10:41:18-06:00December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture War, Thomas R. Ascik, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Thomas Ascik as he considers three recent books that address the prospects for Christianity in modern American culture. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher In Mere Christianity (1952), the published version of his radio talks delivered in the early 1940’s, C. S. [...]

Winning the Long Defeat

By |2018-11-28T21:55:23-06:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, Christianity, Conservatism, Culture War, Freedom of Religion, Heroism, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Sainthood|

Actually I am a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect “history” to be anything but a “long defeat”—though it contains… some samples or glimpses of final victory. – J.R.R. Tolkien Together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat. – Galadriel My kingdom is not of this [...]

How Do We Restore the American Order?

By |2019-06-06T12:17:37-06:00November 25th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Civilization, Culture War, Freedom, John Horvat, Ordered Liberty|

This is America’s tragic situation: The unifying framework of the American creed is now broken. The result is an America that is coming apart… On every American coin, there is the Latin expression, e pluribus unum, meaning “one out of many.” The motto is a celebration of the variety found in America expressed by [...]

Two Kinds of Jesuits

By |2018-11-03T23:58:27-06:00November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Culture War, Dwight Longenecker, Ethics, Faith, Religion, Senior Contributors|

Whereas heroic missionary effort and martyrdom seemed the hallmark of the first Jesuits, the second generation moved in a different direction... In the Roman calendar, October is a harvest for militant saints. Kicking off with Saint Therese of Lisieux who proclaimed, “Sanctity! It must be won at the point of a sword!”, the calendar marches [...]

Victor Davis Hanson on Daily Life in “Mexifornia”

By |2018-06-27T15:38:54-06:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Civilization, Culture War, Immigration, Politics|

For those on the Left and the economic-libertarian Right who glibly say, “Build bridges, not walls,” Victor Davis Hanson would reply, “It’s easy to say that when you don’t live in Mexifornia”… With its elegant prose and page after page that is chock-full of knowledge and wisdom, it is easy to overlook that Victor [...]

The Left’s Cyber-Censorship of Conservatism

By |2018-06-01T21:51:47-06:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Culture War, Free Speech, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

We are witnessing storm troopers in cyber-space “pulling the plug” on those whose voices they refuse to tolerate. Two personal experiences of such censorship—both of which relate to The Imaginative Conservative itself—will suffice to illustrate the trend… The interference of Google and Facebook in the recent Irish referendum on abortion raises serious concerns about [...]

The Taming of the Adolescent Male

By |2018-02-13T22:07:37-06:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Culture War, Equality, Feminism|

The largely-forgotten rules of etiquette were part of an overall project of turning testosterone-driven male lust into meaningfully-directed male courtship. Parents have to remember that teaching their children how to dance, how to date, and how to court and be courted is their job… I had to apologize for my species again today. Not the [...]