Rebuilding Western Civilization: A Tale of Two Monasteries

By |2019-07-18T12:11:27-06:00July 7th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Community, Dwight Longenecker, England, John Senior, St. Benedict, Tradition|

The three vows of the Benedictine monk are obedience, stability, and conversion of life. In our own ways, we can follow this example, making it real by paying attention to prayer, cracking the books in solid study, and rolling up our sleeves in the honest, hard work of rebuilding what has fallen into despair [...]

The Fourth of July: An Englishman’s Perspective

By |2018-07-04T11:37:26-06:00July 3rd, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, England, Independence Day, Joseph Pearce|

Many moons ago, for this very journal, I wrote an essay entitled “Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving,” offering an Englishman’s perspective on the singularly American feast that ushers in the holiday season. In that article I compared my enthusiasm for Thanksgiving with “my relative indifference to the Fourth of July:” What is an Englishman, living [...]

Is America an Idea?

By |2019-11-29T17:02:06-06:00May 30th, 2018|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Conservatism, Culture, England, Patriotism|

The civic-nationalist view holds that subscribing to the philosophy of the Founding—equality, opportunity, individualism—is the defining trait of the American people. But others argue that it is those uniquely American practices that order the rhythms of life that make us love the United States as our home… This past weekend, there was a wedding [...]

C. S. Lewis: Critic of Progressivism

By |2018-04-02T23:38:08-06:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, England, History, Progressivism|

While most of us associate C.S. Lewis with theological literature, the renowned author sounded the siren against progressivism’s clear dangers not only to the political rights and liberties of man, but also to our very perception of the reality of mankind… C.S. Lewis: World-renowned author, philosopher, theologian. Christian apologist. Mere mention of his name [...]

Sherlock Homeless

By |2017-12-29T11:13:56-06:00December 29th, 2017|Categories: Culture, England, Joseph Pearce, Television|

I watched Sherlock with a growing sense of sorrow for the homelessness of Holmes, and for the homelessness of those who wrote it, and for the homelessness of so many of those who watch it. I share their sense that we live in a vale of tears and that we see it through a [...]

A Yuletide Carol with a Difference

By |2017-12-23T12:24:26-06:00December 23rd, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, England, History, Joseph Pearce|

Yes, there are always the Scrooges who seek to spoil the Christmas party, staying out in the cold and dark. Meanwhile, warming ourselves at the hearth, let’s get into the spirit of the Season and enjoy a modern Christmas carol translated into Old English… One doesn’t need to be a Christian to enjoy Christmas. Or, [...]

The Trials and Triumph of Trollope

By |2018-12-21T14:21:19-06:00November 17th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, England, Literature, Virtue|

Concerned with the intrigues of the cathedral clergy and the landed gentry, Anthony Trollope portrays Victorian English life with all its high moral values and noble ideals as well as its greed, snobbery, and hypocrisy… Anthony Trollope I’ve usually prefer the underrated and unpopular. Buster Keaton not Charlie Chaplin, Dorothy Sayers not [...]

Coming Home in “Scrutopia”: A Happy Week With Roger Scruton

By |2017-09-20T22:19:20-06:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Education, England, Religion, Roger Scruton|

According to Roger Scruton, traditions and attachments to place and home are precious as they give order and meaning to life. They fill a basic human need. Once destroyed, they cannot be brought back… G.K. Chesterton famously wrote “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at [...]

What Is Capitalism and Where Did It Start?

By |2019-10-30T10:47:01-06:00August 5th, 2017|Categories: Capitalism, Economic History, Economics, England, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce|

Trade has always existed, and rich merchants have always been a part of the economic and political picture, but merchants have not always been the rulers, as they are today… In a recent essay for The Imaginative Conservative, I claimed that capitalism had its origins in England. I had expected such a sweeping statement to [...]

Hunting Good Will (Shakespeare)

By |2017-08-04T23:10:43-06:00August 4th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Dwight Longenecker, England, Senior Contributors, Television, William Shakespeare|

Hunting Will Shakespeare will be a continuing pursuit. It is almost as if the hunt for him is a hunt for humanity and a search to understand ourselves… My oldest son, Benedict has rightly observed that TV series are now more interesting than movies. Many of the series are well written, well budgeted, and [...]

Getting the Middle Ages Right: The Plight of the English Worker

By |2019-09-02T10:10:45-06:00July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Christendom, Economics, England, Featured, History, Labor/Work|

There were pre-modern times when workers enjoyed broad prosperity and rights, thanks largely to the Church, which has long safeguarded and improved the state of workers and all society… In the quest for a golden age for workers, few would look beyond free markets in modern times. This position is backed up by economists [...]

The Humility of Jane Austen

By |2017-07-12T12:42:45-06:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Character, Dwight Longenecker, England, Great Books, Jane Austen, Senior Contributors|

The continued appeal of Jane Austen’s work is in the true simplicity and humility hidden within the complex, deceitful web of human pride and prejudice… Taking some entertainment time, we sat down last week to watch again the classic BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) was just as [...]