Reading the “Illiad” in the Light of Eternity

By |2019-08-07T00:18:23-05:00November 20th, 2016|Categories: Classics, Essential, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Iliad, Liberal Learning, Timeless Essays|

It is impossible to love both the victors and the vanquished, as the Iliad does, except from the place, outside the world, where God’s Wisdom dwells… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Cicero Bruce as he considers the Iliad in light of eternity. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher [...]

The Lovely Dragon of Choice: The Freedom Not to Be Free

By |2019-06-06T18:33:49-05:00September 4th, 2016|Categories: Anthony Esolen, Christianity, Culture, Essential, Featured, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Anthony Esolen as he explores the difference among freedom of choice, of being chosen, and of choosing to be chosen. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher But all things come to them that wait. Into sight silently draws a ship, draped in black [...]

What Happened to Excellence?

By |2020-05-13T16:06:43-05:00August 29th, 2016|Categories: Character, Culture, Eric Voegelin, Essential, Featured, George A. Panichas, Great Books, Irving Babbitt, Modernity, Virtue|

Excellence, which can be defined as the state of excelling and of surpassing merit, is now increasingly one of the lost words of the English language. And increasingly the special qualities that this word de­notes are banned in a nation which im­poses diversity and political correctitude. Today, it is dangerously incriminating for one to [...]

When Gentlemen Dispute

By |2019-06-06T18:33:47-05:00August 14th, 2016|Categories: Essential, Politics, St. John's College, Timeless Essays, Wisdom|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join José Maria Yulo as he reflects on the joys of examining an idea for its own worth, apart from any attendant political and emotional entreaties on its behalf. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher And above all, we should remember that there is simply [...]

Foundations of the American Republic

By |2019-06-06T18:33:45-05:00July 31st, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Donald Lutz, Essential, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Donald Lutz as he reflects on the contributions of the Whig party to the foundations of American political thought. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Bernard Bailyn (Belknap Press, 1992) The Creation of the American Republic, [...]

Ten Books by Eva Brann: Spark Your Imagination

By |2020-09-02T23:39:55-05:00June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Books, Essential, Eva Brann, Featured, St. John's College, W. Winston Elliott III|

Our readers have come to know and to admire Eva Brann, Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative and tutor at St. John’s College, who always challenges us with her insightful writings on liberal learning, the hidden treasures in Homer’s poems, the artful devices of the dialogues of Socrates, and the wonders found in “the conservatory of the imagination.” [...]

An Ode to Great Books and a Beautiful Library

By |2020-04-23T23:32:34-05:00May 29th, 2016|Categories: Books, Essential, Featured, Libraries, Timeless Essays, W. Winston Elliott III, Will Durant, Wisdom|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Will Durant and me as we contemplate bibliophilic exuberance. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher “If I were rich I would have many books, and I would pamper myself with bindings bright to the eye and soft to the touch, in paper generously [...]

The Poverty of Liberal Economics

By |2019-07-16T20:43:51-05:00May 8th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, David L. Schindler, Economics, Essential, Free Markets, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Second Spring, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Adrian Walker as he explores the incompatibility of liberal economics and Christianity. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The poor, Jesus famously said, will always be with us. Jesus’ followers have often been accused of misusing these words of their Master as an [...]

Still Questing for Community

By |2019-06-06T18:33:25-05:00April 11th, 2016|Categories: Books, Community, Essential, Featured, Robert Nisbet, The Conservative Mind, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Robert Nisbet as he reflects on his landmark book, The Quest for Community. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher In the retrospect of forty years I can see my book, The Quest for Community (first published by Oxford University Press in 1953), as one of [...]

Tolkien & Anglo-Saxon England: Protectors of Christendom

By |2019-10-23T16:04:22-05:00March 29th, 2016|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christendom, Christian Humanism, England, Essential, History, J.R.R. Tolkien, Myth, StAR|

J.R.R. Tolkien’s love of the Anglo-Saxon language and culture is legendary among both Tolkien scholars and aficionados, as is his hatred of all things French. His biographer, Humphrey Carpenter, wrote that he suffered from “Gallophobia.”[1] His student and friend, George Sayer, commented that when Tolkien stayed with him and his wife, he very politely [...]

The Voice of This Calling: The Enduring Legacy of T.S. Eliot

By |2019-06-06T18:33:20-05:00February 28th, 2016|Categories: Essential, Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, The Conservative Mind, Timeless Essays, Tradition|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Clint Brand as he considers the legacy of T.S. Eliot.  —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher In 1953, the first edition of The Conservative Mind was subtitled From Burke to Santayana; the second and every edition thereafter bore the subtitle From Burke to Eliot. [...]

The Neglected Muse: Why Music Is An Essential Liberal Art

By |2019-06-06T18:33:16-05:00February 21st, 2016|Categories: Essential, Featured, Music, Peter Kalkavage, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Peter Kalkavage as he considers why music is an essential liberal art. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul. –Plato Music transcends the classroom, the concert stage, and professional recordings. It [...]

Morality and the Free Market System: The Humane Balance

By |2019-07-22T09:27:34-05:00January 31st, 2016|Categories: Economics, Essential, Free Markets, Morality, Timeless Essays, Wilhelm Roepke|

The effect of actions based on self-interest turned loose from any anchor in morality is not an adequate basis of economic or social organization. The sphere of legitimate market activity must be limited so that it harmonizes with the rest of the community and with other values. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series [...]

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