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Letter to a Conservative, by Steve Allen, (Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1965) It is no easy task, in the space of a brief review, to convey the distressing fatuity of...
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It can be dangerous to depict evil. Accuracy might require getting too close to things best kept at bay. J.R.R. Tolkien once cautioned his friend, C.S. Lewis, concerning Mr. Lewis’ skill in depicting evil....

Plato gives an account in the ninth book of the Republic of how a tyrannical soul is formed. Socrates pauses and notes that, in order to proceed to with...
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My first and last care is not politics (a late-learned duty) but education (an abiding passion). Education seems to me inherently conservative, being the transmission, and thus the saving, of a tradition’s treasures of fiction and...
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Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches by George Weigel, with Elizabeth Lev and Stephen Weigel The distinguished team of papal biographer George Weigel, his photographer-son Stephen (who handles the illustrations), and well-known art...

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...
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On more than one occasion my essays for The Imaginative Conservative have been inspired by bumper stickers. Many moons ago, for instance, I wrote “The Wisdom and Wickedness of Women” in response to seeing...
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A. 1-2. We come now to the arguments, the logoi, that form the broad middle ring encircling the center. Just as the question concerning the connection of justice to happiness is answered by bringing...
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Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join J. Peter Pham as he describes how Hans Urs von Balthasar spent his life and work uniting faith and culture. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher
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The modern attitude toward dress is that it has little effect on the way people function. In fact, people are advised that the more comfortable they are, the more efficient and happy they will...
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And death shall have no dominion. Dead man naked they shall be one With the man in the wind and the west moon; When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone, They shall have...
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I was college student afflicted with a serious case of Anglophilia when I discovered George Herbert and his poetry. The discovery made my affliction worse. When I found that he forsook...
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A family with older children could do much worse during the Easter season than to watch together a “double feature” of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and the recently released Risen. After the first...
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J. S. Bach is widely considered to be one of the history’s greatest musical composers. You’ve certainly heard his music before, and if you’ve taken piano lessons you’ve probably played pieces from his famous...