Euripides’ Advice to Us About Change

By |2019-04-02T22:01:24-05:00April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Happiness, Imagination, Letters From Dante Series, Louis Markos, Senior Contributors, Tragedy, Wisdom|

Our lives are marked by reversals and recognitions for which we are rarely prepared. That change will come is certain, whether on the stage or in your home. The only question is how you will receive it when it comes. Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other great poets of ancient Greece, [...]

Euripides on Men and Women

By |2019-03-26T11:32:25-05:00March 26th, 2019|Categories: Imagination, Letters From Dante Series|

The world is often unkind to women, using them as pawns in a masculine game of war and power and possession. But these wrongs will not be righted by inviting women to participate in the same game. They will be righted only when the voice of the feminine is allowed to be heard: in the [...]

Sophocles on Character

By |2019-03-19T22:59:37-05:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Imagination, Letters From Dante Series|

On this earth, there is nothing more firm, more noble, more intransigent than the heroic character. I encourage you, children of the twenty-first century, to respect such heroes, even as you fear them and pray that your fate will not be like theirs. Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other great [...]

Eliot and Irons

By |2019-03-16T12:02:11-05:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Imagination, Literature, Poetry, T.S. Eliot|

Hearing T.S. Eliot's poems read brings us back to the haunting beauty of the words themselves, and hearing the words unlocks Eliot’s powerful imagery, just as he would have wanted. Jeremy Irons' classic rendition empowers this strange transaction, and through the words we are taken beyond the words to the realm of the Word. Those [...]

Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

By |2019-03-12T21:39:34-05:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Imagination, Joseph Pearce|

Some adages are so well-worn by constant use and abuse that they are considered truisms. We begin to assume that they are true without really thinking about them, making truth itself both trite and trivial. One such adage is the belief that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Such a belief makes beauty [...]

Sophocles on Fate

By |2019-03-19T10:04:14-05:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Imagination, Letters From Dante Series|

The people of your age, just like the people of my own, want to cling to one of two false ideals: that we have no real choice; that we can choose but that our choices are simple, straightforward, and easily revoked. But neither is true to the deep reality that we are moral, ethical beings [...]

Aeschylus on Suffering

By |2019-03-12T21:36:35-05:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Imagination, Letters From Dante Series|

O, ye self-protective children of the twenty-first century, I hope you will see that suffering can be redemptive, that it can bridge the gap between where we are and where we hope to be. Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other great poets of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages [...]

Aeschylus on Justice

By |2019-03-12T21:34:52-05:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Imagination, Justice, Letters From Dante Series|

Justice is that which breaks us out of the cycle of vengeance. It achieves a higher vision that considers motives (and not just actions), causes (and not just effects), purposes (and not just naked facts). The triumph of justice does not signify the total defeat of vengeance, but its transformation into something beneficent. Author’s Introduction: [...]

Homer on Hospitality

By |2019-02-21T11:23:27-05:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Great Books, Homer, Imagination, Letters From Dante Series|

Author's Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other great poets of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages had been given the gift, not only to peer into the twenty-first century, but to correspond with we who live in that most confusing and rudderless of centuries. Had it been in their power [...]

Homer on Story-Telling

By |2019-02-05T20:46:11-05:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Homer, Imagination, Letters From Dante Series|

I have read your books, and I have discovered that many of you believe that people are products of their environment. How can you believe such things, and yet deny altogether the influence of the past? Nature may give us robust health or leave us scarred, but her traces upon us are minor things compared [...]

Beauty and the Imagination

By |2019-02-01T10:10:26-05:00January 27th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Christian Humanism, Culture, G.K. Chesterton, Imagination, Nature, Order, Timeless Essays|

The imagination is a gift from God, given in His own image, to conceive of a Glorious Reality that does exist, that we cannot yet fully see... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Aaron Ames, as he considers the Divine source of beauty and imagination.—W. Winston Elliott [...]