Rich in the Grace of Life

By |2018-10-16T20:24:39-05:00March 18th, 2015|Tags: , , |

  Russell Kirk “A poor man, if he has dignity, honesty, the respect of his neighbors, a realization of his duties, a love of the wisdom of his ancestors, and possibly some taste for knowledge or beauty, is rich in the unbought grace of life.” -Russell Kirk […]

Oh, He’s Just a Biographer

By |2014-01-04T22:01:03-05:00May 3rd, 2013|Tags: |

“In every age, society has been relieved only by the endeavors of a few people moved by the grace of God.”—Russell Kirk, Roots Of American Order (1974) As I approach my fifteenth year teaching history at Hillsdale, and my seventeenth (or so) year of teaching at the college level over all, I find myself [...]

Round Four: The Critics Against Russell Kirk’s 1953 Brilliance!

By |2014-01-09T11:13:16-05:00November 17th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Bernard Theall, OSB, “A Survey and Defense of Conservative Way,” Books on Trial 12 (November 1953): 59. “The is surely one of the most heartening and thought-provoking books to have appeared in recent years” “In an age of ‘statistical morality’ and of the apotheosis of democracy, and when Catholics are being urged, as a [...]

Round Two: Reactions to Kirk’s 1953 seminal work, THE CONSERVATIVE MIND

By |2014-01-09T11:50:56-05:00November 14th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , |

  As I continue to read through and digest the contemporary reviews of The Conservative Mind, I find I keep noticing certain common themes: 1) Few knew what to make of Kirk’s romantic style, though most reviewers appreciated it; 2) Catholics seem to have liked Kirk the most, seeing in him a latent Romanist; and 3) [...]

Reviewing The Conservative Mind, Part I

By |2014-01-09T12:06:39-05:00November 13th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

As some Imaginative Conservative readers know, I’ve the great privilege of working on a book on the endlessly fascinating Russell Kirk. At this point, I’ve written an introduction, three full chapters, and two partial chapters. I’ve written about 50,000 words, and I’m projecting a total word count for the completed project at roughly 120,000 words. The [...]

The Romance of Conservatism

By |2019-01-16T13:10:40-05:00October 31st, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , |

In one of the great works of imagination, Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton declared that faith is romantic, that materialism is not only dull but produces a boredom that leads to madness. Humans are born romantics and they can never fulfill their better natures without cultivating an imagination that accepts and embraces mystery. The romantic lives [...]