Michelangelo’s Last “Pieta”

By |2019-03-17T14:44:20-05:00March 17th, 2019|Categories: Art, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Religion, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

The Florentine Pieta was not commissioned. Instead, Michelangelo intended it for his own tomb. He worked on the sculpture in his spare time, late into the night with a candle fixed to his hat for light. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Dwight Longenecker as he considers [...]

Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

By |2019-03-12T21:39:34-05:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Imagination, Joseph Pearce|

Some adages are so well-worn by constant use and abuse that they are considered truisms. We begin to assume that they are true without really thinking about them, making truth itself both trite and trivial. One such adage is the belief that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Such a belief makes beauty [...]

We All Need to Support the Catholic Arts

By |2019-03-02T15:48:17-05:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Art, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Tradition|

The great Catholic poet Gerard Manley Hopkins tells us that “the world is charged with the grandeur of God.” This is so wonderfully true that, if we have eyes opened in humility, we can see God’s grandeur shining forth in all that is truly beautiful in Creation. We see it in the multifarious shades [...]

The Beauty Contest

By |2019-02-25T09:23:38-05:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Beauty, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, Philosophy, Socrates, St. John's College, Virtue, Wisdom|

The beauty contest illustrates the difficulty with the term for and maybe the very idea of gentlemanliness—are good and beautiful two criteria or one? If they are two, how are they related? Could the beautiful be whatever compellingly attracts? Furthermore, what is truly and justly compelling? Editor’s Note: This essay is part of a series dedicated [...]

The Myth of Modernism

By |2019-02-26T14:40:40-05:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Art, Beauty, Culture, Culture War, Michael De Sapio, Modernity, Music, Senior Contributors, Tradition, Western Civilization|

“Should not the unswerving modernists… come to the realization that there is nothing more wearisome or more barren than the most antiquated of all manias: the rage to be modern?” Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) In my visits to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, I generally sidestep the East Building, the portion devoted to [...]

Craftsmanship Can Save the World: The American College of Building Arts

By |2019-01-31T10:31:15-05:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

All lovers of beauty and tradition will rejoice at the emergence of the American College of the Building Arts. It is radical in the best sense of the word, insofar as it is rooted in the heritage of traditional craftsmanship. It is also grounded, insofar as it seeks to build beautiful structures that will [...]

Science Lost in Math

By |2019-01-29T14:13:51-05:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Books, Mathematics, Science|

Now, when the subatomic world and the cosmological universe seem to reveal some of the inconsistencies in modern theoretical physics, could the whole idea of a world sitting on fundamental elements be in question? Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, by Sabine Hossenfelder (304 pages, Basic Books, 2018) Sabine Hossenfelder’s little book Lost [...]

Beauty and the Imagination

By |2019-02-01T10:10:26-05:00January 27th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Christian Humanism, Culture, G.K. Chesterton, Imagination, Nature, Order, Timeless Essays|

The imagination is a gift from God, given in His own image, to conceive of a Glorious Reality that does exist, that we cannot yet fully see... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Aaron Ames, as he considers the Divine source of beauty and imagination.—W. Winston Elliott [...]

Horizons of Wonder

By |2019-01-26T22:53:05-05:00January 26th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Christian Living, Glenn Arbery, History, Hope, Senior Contributors, Wisdom, Wyoming Catholic College|

All through the 1960s, my generation had been riveted by the space race started by President Kennedy. But what the astronauts accomplished on Christmas Eve of 1968 left us awestruck, and I remember it not as a moment of victory in the space race, but as an opening of religious wonder on that Christmas [...]

Is Specialization Killing Culture?

By |2019-01-25T22:14:19-05:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Civilization, Community, Culture, Michael De Sapio, Modernity, Permanent Things, Senior Contributors, The Imaginative Conservative, Truth, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|

If culture is simply a matter of private enthusiasms and hobbies, of small details and specialties, then what of a common culture? What about the collective project and shared sense of purpose that built Western civilization? “The expert takes a little subject for his province, and remains a provincial for the rest of his [...]

Listening to the Bible With David Suchet

By |2019-01-13T07:20:24-05:00January 12th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Christian Living, Christianity, Michael De Sapio, Senior Contributors|

Nowadays we hear the Bible read in installments at our weekly liturgies, but sustained reading aloud is rare. Yet reading out loud is irreplaceable. It is a social act, incarnating the words and message in a personal way. In hearing the Bible read, the Word takes flesh before us… When I was about thirteen [...]

Where Is the Beauty in Buildings?

By |2019-01-11T16:18:22-05:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Civilization, Culture, Modernity, Western Civilization|

A recent essay by Radomir Tylecote argued that we have turned our backs on the architectural traditions of our Western heritage, and in the process lost our connection to our own history and the generations that built it.[1] Dr. Tylecote argues well, and makes a strong case for reintroducing beauty into architecture; but his [...]