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Conservatives must once again put contemplation before action, or else their energies will be wasted. They cannot continue to trim the upper branches of politics while the roots of culture wither and die from inattention... There is an aspect...
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Please join Peter Kalkavage as he discusses the metaphysics of music: music's role in the liberal arts, the paradox in the union of rational and irrational, order and feeling in its composition, and music's connection and reflection of the deeper order of the natural...
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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....
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Editor's Note: On September 11, 2001, the American way of life was attacked. Today, on the anniversary of the tragic event, let us recall the address of President George W. Bush in order to remember the innocent men and women who lost their lives. Let us remember...

In my adult life, I have never witnessed such a randomly violent spring and summer as we have had this year: priests murdered while saying Mass; Turkish troops surrounding U.S. military bases; police being executed...

On my religious position, I have been classified as a Protestant, a Catholic, an anti-semitic, and as a typical Jew; politically, as a Liberal, a Fascist, a National Socialist, and a Conservative; and on my theoretical...
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"I should like to record my own love and my children's love of E.A. Wyke-Smith's Marvellous Land of Snergs," reads an endorsement on the cover of that book. The endorser is J.R.R. Tolkien, and...
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When I was a young Anglican priest in England, it was part of my daily routine to walk the half-mile across town for Evening Prayer in the parish church. My path took me past a neighbor...
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In the last months, particularly after the Supreme Court decision on homosexual marriage in late June, I’ve noticed a pronounced malaise in many of my friends and family. For some, this looks awfully close to despair, for...
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My grandmother proposed to my wife months before I did. They'd just met the day before, but Grandma, a no-nonsense New Englander, never wasted time on subtlety. “So Andrea,” she said when I stepped out of the...

One of the most popular and enduring films, and fast on its way to becoming a timeless classic, features murder, nudity, adultery, savage violence, homosexual rape, and suicide. The movie is Frank Darabont’s Shawshank Redemption. Based...
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Altar in Julian's Anchorhold Cell in Norwich, England In the English city of Norwich there are two Gothic cathedrals: one medieval and Anglican, the other neo-Gothic and Catholic. However, if you leave the bustling...
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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI almost a year after the June 2004 death of Ronald Reagan. I don’t know if Ratzinger and Reagan ever met, though there’s a chance they did during one...
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From the The Matrix Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.–The Architect (The Matrix Reloaded) For more on the Matrix Trilogy visit The Imaginative Conservative Bookstore.