“Antigone” and the Necessity of Political Prudence

By |2021-03-29T16:14:07-05:00March 29th, 2021|Categories: Antigone, Government, Great Books, Politics, Religion, Sophocles|

A key lesson of Sophocles’ “Antigone” is that fanaticism results when public actors fail to practice the one virtue capable of moderating the excesses of human nature: political prudence. In an insightful essay (“Idolatry in Lockdown,” Law and Liberty, January 28, 2021), Spencer Klavan reflects on the contemporary significance of the conflict at the heart [...]

Can Politics Help Save Us?

By |2021-03-27T07:06:35-05:00March 27th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Politics, Religion|

Politics, we are always to remind ourselves, is not God; to pretend otherwise is an affront to God. Nevertheless, politics may prove helpful in making it easier for us to get to God. Especially these days when it becomes more urgent than ever to remind the state of those things it may not do to [...]

The Life and Legacy of John Henry Newman

By |2021-03-20T15:46:01-05:00March 20th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Theology|

John Henry Newman was born in 1801, at the beginning of a century that would see the rise of skepticism in matters of religion. Yet, simultaneously, it was a century which would see a real revival of religious orthodoxy. With respect to the latter, Newman himself might be seen as the most important and influential [...]

Let’s End the “Greatest of All Time” Talk

By |2021-03-15T09:12:35-05:00March 12th, 2021|Categories: Culture, Religion, Sports|

To believe that a certain athlete, musician, artist, political leader, or writer is not just “great” but “the greatest of all time” is to give undue weight to our time and to our own experience. It also unnecessarily forecloses our imaginative horizons that something or someone can indeed come along and surpass what we may [...]

How We Split the World Apart: The Separation of Faith & Philosophy

By |2021-03-23T16:27:53-05:00February 11th, 2021|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Faith, Philosophy, Religion, Senior Contributors, St. John's College, Theology|

This is an edited version of a conversation between Eva Brann, the longest-serving tutor at St. John’s College, and Hamza Yusuf, President of Zaytuna College, recorded in March 2019. You can listen to the full podcast here. Hamza Yusuf: We’re really fortunate today to have with us, I think, one of the treasures of our [...]

Ecumenical Truth Versus the Falsehoods of Ecumenism

By |2021-02-06T08:23:48-06:00February 6th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Joseph Pearce, Language, Religion, Senior Contributors, Theology, Truth|

The authentic definition of “ecumenical” has nothing to do with the modern understanding of “ecumenism,” which appears to be the willingness to dilute or delete doctrine in pursuit of a perceived unity among disparate groups of believers. Being ecumenical is being evangelical, whereas the new-fangled word ecumenism is the failure to evangelize. It is important [...]

Is Christianity a Story?

By |2021-02-01T20:41:07-06:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Books, Christianity, Faith, Michael De Sapio, Myth, Reason, Senior Contributors, Theology|

If we accept that Christianity is a story, emphasize the primacy of faith, and deemphasize historical testimony, are we not merely reduced to telling our different stories, without being able to point to anything as having compelling objective truth? The mythopoetic appeal of Christianity is strong and valid. Yet there has to be something that [...]

Whither Evangelicalism After Trump?

By |2021-01-29T18:24:21-06:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Donald Trump, Politics, Religion|

In the wake of the Trump presidency, we are reminded of a persistent theme amongst mainstream evangelical elites: They, like the media of the last four years, have falsely attributed certain ideas, attitudes, and behaviors to Donald Trump, his supporters, and Christian nationalists.[1] The question is why. At this point, it would be incorrect to [...]

Liberty, Religion, & Woke Progressivism

By |2021-01-10T17:17:54-06:00January 10th, 2021|Categories: Liberty, Progressivism, Religion|

The pride of place that cultural Christianity once enjoyed in America is increasingly sidelined by a new, woke progressivism which, though purporting to be neutral and science-based, is in fact a competing religious ideology. The more that it dominates our cultural and political institutions, the more it can misuse the coercive powers of the state [...]

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 [...]

Russell Kirk’s Beauty and Civilization

By |2020-12-31T22:59:39-06:00December 31st, 2020|Categories: Beauty, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Modernity, Religion, Russell Kirk, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays, Western Civilization|

As the old year ends and the new year arrives, The Imaginative Conservative looks back at some of its finest essays of 2020. —Editors In the late 1950s, as Russell Kirk considered what needed to be conserved in the Western tradition as well as what needed to be discarded, he lamented that much of what [...]

Hagia Sophia: Once a Church, Always a Church

By |2021-04-25T18:35:13-05:00December 27th, 2020|Categories: Architecture, Christianity, Culture, Religion, Secularism, Western Civilization|

Every awe-inspiring element of Hagia Sophia is a testament to our Christian faith that should make us feel proud of our cultural heritage, even in today’s society where our churches are defaced and adapted for secular use. The church is undeniably Christian in spirit and character, no matter how many times its use is altered. [...]

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