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 [...]

The Inspector Morse Mysteries and a Lost Eden

By |2019-01-10T13:57:31-05:00January 5th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Justice, Mystery, Oxford University, Television|

In the murder mystery, the portrayal of an apparent Eden is broken by the intrusion of crime, and the specific crime of murder, so that by the intervention of clever and wise persons the social world can be healed and order restored… There’s a wonderful moment in one of the old Inspector Morse shows—the [...]

C.S. Lewis & the Art of Disagreement

By |2019-04-11T10:36:00-05:00December 15th, 2016|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Classical Education, England, History, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Literature, Oxford University|

C.S. Lewis would not allow disagreement to become personal. He could always distinguish the man from the man’s opinion, and he knew the difference between an argument and a quarrel. Truth was ultimately at stake, and truth mattered to him… As a fellow of one of the colleges at the University of Oxford, I [...]

Sir Martin Gilbert and the Inklings

By |2016-02-12T15:28:03-05:00January 21st, 2015|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christianity, Inklings, J.R.R. Tolkien, Oxford University|

During my time at Hillsdale College—having arrived in the fall of 1999—the college hired a number of fascinating persons to come and lecture on what might be considered a permanent, part-time basis. That is, these scholars and writers came, say, every fall semester and taught classes for up to three or four weeks. These [...]