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 [...]

Music and the Education of the Christian Soul

By |2019-01-05T12:11:21-05:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Happiness, Heaven, Mother of God, Music, Sainthood|

In a world ringing with noise and suffused with the more or less artful idolizing of passions divorced from objective goods, where are we to find melodies capable of penetrating our hardened hearts with spiritual truths? In Plato’s Republic, Socrates leads a group of ambitious young Athenians on a search for the best way of [...]

Poetry? What Is It Good For?

By |2019-02-18T02:38:42-05:00December 20th, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Literature, Poetry|

Poetry is a paradox. It is the most complex and inimitable expression of thought and consciousness, but it is also the most natural and ancient. Although a form of oral and written tradition that has persisted throughout the years, poetry is dismissed as unnecessary and impractical in literary education… A decline in English majors at universities [...]

Gift Challenges for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2018-12-10T11:52:44-05:00December 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. […]

An Annunciation on the Battlefield

By |2018-12-01T00:26:51-05:00December 1st, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Books, Christianity, Classics, Fiction, Literature, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors, War|

It is the encounter with beauty, all-consuming beauty, the infinite, which directs the human soul back to God. The sky calls us up; the earth drags us down... On December 2, 1805, the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte achieved his most spectacular victory at the Battle of Austerlitz against an allied army of Russians and Austrians. [...]

Warfare in Epic Poetry

By |2018-11-27T07:26:12-05:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Civilization, Culture, Heroism, Homer, Iliad, Literature, Poetry, War|

A culture that fails to represent, or that misrepresents its wars in all their glory, gravity, and tragedy, is a weaker polity. Epic poetry, with its stark recording of the facts and feelings of war, can give cultures and communities access to the reality of warfare and inscribe its memory on the collective consciousness [...]

Tether to the Past: Willa Cather’s “Song of the Lark”

By |2018-11-15T23:33:46-05:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: American West, Art, Beauty, Books, Christine Norvell, Imagination|

Though land and setting seem rarely featured in Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark, they do comprise an unusual role, one that grows towards the past instead of the future. Cather expresses a sentimentality and longing for the old ways because it somehow grounds her central character Thea Kronborg. For Thea, the desert town [...]

Images of America: The Art of William Sidney Mount

By |2018-11-14T23:15:26-05:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Art, Beauty, History, Michael De Sapio, Senior Contributors|

Though William Sidney Mount’s name is rarely mentioned except among art experts, the images he created are timeless Americana—skillfully rendered scenes full of homely comforts and the joy of life... “How glorious it is to paint in the open fields, to hear the birds singing around you, to draw in the fresh air—how thankful it makes [...]

On the Imagination

By |2019-02-25T14:34:36-05:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Art, Beauty, Culture, E.B., Eva Brann, Imagination, In Honor of Eva Brann at 90 Series, St. John's College, Wisdom|

The imagination invests the world with that richness and resonance which makes it an attractive dwelling for the intellect. But the imagination is indispensable to action as well. For the real world is worth our exertion only when the visionary imagination sets the scene for action... Tonight I shall commit the deliberate indiscretion of trying to say [...]

Poetry and Scripture: Finding Truth Through Beauty

By |2018-09-22T22:50:18-05:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Christianity, Poetry, Truth|

Analytic philosophy is limited in its scope regarding the knowledge of God. Richard Swinburne, a British contemporary philosopher influential for his arguments for the existence of God, admits the limitations of his field in his lecture, “What We Cannot Know about God.”[1] For example, we say that God is a Person, but we are unable [...]

Serving the Good, the True, and the Beautiful

By |2019-04-25T11:22:53-05:00September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Education, Joseph Pearce, Liberal Learning, Truth, Wyoming Catholic College|

A true, life-giving education is an education that recognizes and embraces a world filled with goodness, truth, and beauty. It is also an education that requires virtue from those who undertake it... Editor's Note: The following is an abridged version of the commencement address that Joseph Pearce gave this summer to the graduating class of [...]

Anthropological Architecture

By |2018-08-21T22:15:45-05:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Culture|

We don’t often stop and consider the elements, material and otherwise, that makeup architecture and urban spaces. Often, we think of them as simply the background against which we live, the setting for the drama of our human existence... “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” —Winston Churchill People love good streets. Americans who [...]

Gnostic Bodies: Why Millennials Love Tattoos

By |2018-07-20T15:37:13-05:00July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Art, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Timeless Essays|

It is as if our tattooed millennials are trying to make themselves sacred creatures fallen to earth: beings who wear the secrets of the universe—known to the few—on their thighs, on their arms. They are gnostics trapped in narcissism… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Mark [...]