The Road to Same-Sex Marriage was Paved by Rousseau

By |2014-01-12T16:45:17-06:00July 24th, 2013|Categories: Homosexual Unions, Natural Law|Tags: |

There is more to same-sex marriage than politics. It only becomes plausible if you accept certain assumptions about how to distinguish what is natural from what is unnatural and what is right from what is wrong. The intellectual origins of the debate stretch all the way back to the Greeks, but radical changes in philosophy [...]

Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen

By |2017-06-05T13:03:06-05:00February 5th, 2013|Categories: Beauty, Film, Music|Tags: , |

One of the privileges of writing this column is that I occasionally get to meet the composers of the music I review. I had a meeting this past year with a musician with whom I have been in correspondence for some time. Morten Lauridsen, the most frequently performed American choral composer, came to Washington, D.C. [...]

Culture: On the Way Down

By |2013-07-13T09:06:43-05:00June 26th, 2012|Categories: Politics|Tags: |

by Robert Reilly When I was a child, I thought that living through a degenerate period would be great fun – one big party. Guns blazing, fast cars, beautiful girls, plenty of adult beverages – at least that was my idea of it from having watched movies about the Roaring Twenties with James Cagney. Now, [...]

Music in the Modern Age

By |2016-03-26T13:05:40-05:00March 3rd, 2012|Categories: Books, Culture, Music, Peter Kalkavage, St. John's College|Tags: , |

Surprised by Beauty: A Listener’s Guide to the Recovery of Modern Music, Robert R. Reilly, Washington, D. C.: Morley Books, 2002. In his generous and beautifully written book, Robert Reilly leads us through the vast, largely unknown territory of twentieth-century music. The title recalls C. S. Lewis’s Surprised by Joy and the poem of the [...]

The Music of the Spheres

By |2014-05-24T10:55:56-05:00February 14th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Music|Tags: , |

“[In] sound itself, there is a readiness to be ordered by the spirit and this is seen at its most sublime in music.” —Max Picard Despite the popular Romantic conception of creative artists as inspired madmen, composers are not idiots savants, distilling their musical inspiration from the ether. Rather, in their creative work they respond [...]

Review: “The Closing of the Muslim Mind”

By |2017-06-27T11:20:12-05:00March 1st, 2011|Categories: Books, Foreign Affairs, Islam, Religion, Stephen Masty|Tags: |

Robert Reilly Modern America’s closest approximation to the dapper Ronald Coleman, Bob Reilly is familiar to many Imaginative Conservatives: I have enjoyed knowing him for 35 years. This respected academic, Pentagon advisor, and former director of the Voice of America has written a clear and fascinating book on Islam that connects an early [...]

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