C. S. Lewis: Critic of Progressivism

By |2018-04-02T23:38:08-05:00April 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 |2020-01-14T00:57:12-06:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Education, England, Religion, Roger Scruton|

According to Sir 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 [...]

What Is Capitalism and Where Did It Start?

By |2019-10-30T10:47:01-05:00August 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 |2017-08-04T23:10:43-05:00August 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 |2019-09-02T10:10:45-05:00July 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 |2017-07-12T12:42:45-05:00July 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 [...]

Nostalgia for the Future: Antiquity & Eternity

By |2019-06-17T16:49:59-05:00July 6th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Conservatism, England, Featured, History, Imagination, J.R.R. Tolkien, Oxford University, Time, Wyoming Catholic College|

The experience of nostalgia is a feeling of beauty’s remoteness, but only because it is so far in the future. It is hope… I went for a long walk in Oxford the other night. The city, of course, is always enchanting, but in early summer and at night, it is so the most. When [...]

There and Back Again: A Conversion Story

By |2019-01-07T15:16:56-06:00May 13th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, England, T.S. Eliot|

Other boys wanted to be football or basketball stars, millionaires, politicians, engineers, businessmen, lawyers, and doctors. My aim was to be an Anglican country parson. T.S. Eliot and George Herbert were my role models… From time to time, I am invited to speak to groups who want to hear my conversion story. The audiences are [...]

Merrie England: Musings of an Exiled Expatriate

By |2018-12-17T07:48:57-06:00February 1st, 2017|Categories: Books, England, Featured, Joseph Pearce|

England is fallen but is nonetheless made in God’s image, insofar as the manifestations of her historical faith are a reflection of her love for Christ and of Christ’s love for her, and insofar as the beauty of her landscape is “charged with the grandeur of God”… Editor’s Note: Imaginative Conservative Senior Contributor Joseph [...]

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