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Editor’s Note: Awakening the Moral Imagination

Review 29 March 2007
Practical Atheism
a review by Michael P. Federici
The Way of the (Modern) World: Or, Why It’s Tempting to Live As If God Doesn’t Exist by Craig M. Gay. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (255 Jefferson Avenue, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503), 338 pp., 1998.
Review 29 March 2007
Practical Fantasy
a review by Gilbert Meilaender
Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination by Vigen Guroian. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. 198 pp., $22.00 cloth.
Review 29 March 2007
The Halls of Unlearning
a review by David J. Bobb
The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses, by Alan Charles Kors and Harvey A. Silverglate. The Free Press (1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020), 415 pp., $27.50 cloth, 1998.
Editorial 29 March 2007
Awakening the Moral Imagination
by The Editors
Best of the Bookman 20 February 2011
book cover A Guide to Voegelin’s Thought
by Gregory Wolfe
In this review published in the early 1980s, Gregory Wolfe looks at an early collection of essays on the work of the philosopher Eric Voegelin (1901–1985), who famously criticized ideological efforts to “immanentize the eschaton.” The essays offer a good introduction to the scope of Voegelin’s thought and the concerns of some critics.
Best of the Bookman 24 April 2011
Discerning of Spirits
by George A. Panichas
In this review from our archives, the late Dr. Panichas reviews a book on the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky and addresses reasons the great writer is misunderstood in the modern age.
Best of the Bookman 1 May 2011
Resisting the Imperial Academy
by Edward E. Ericson, Jr.
“To read Panichas is to be reminded what a noble thing conservatism is—and how little of it is promoted by most of the politicos who fly under its flag.”
Best of the Bookman 22 May 2011
The Big Life of Brownson
by Robert Emmet Moffit
Orestes A. Brownson: A Definitive Biography by Thomas R. Ryan, C.PP.S. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 1976, 872 pages. ISBN 0879738847.
Best of the Bookman 29 May 2011
Max Lerner’s America
by Russell Kirk
In this “Best of the Bookman” essay, Russell Kirk amuses his readers with an acerbic review of a pretentious book, the 1957 third edition of Max Lerner’s America as a Civilization. Kirk’s critiques of a (literal) textbook case of liberalism are still worth serious reflection.
Best of the Bookman 12 June 2011
Education as Part of America’s Secular Religion
by Ernest van den Haag
This essay from one of the very first numbers of the University Bookman in 1960 offers a fascinating mix of timeless reflection on the role of education and a window into the state of higher education half a decade ago.
Best of the Bookman 26 June 2011
book cover The Older Rhetoric Revisited: Hugh Blair and the Public Virtue of Style
by M. E. Bradford
Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, by Hugh Blair. Edited with a Critical Introduction by Harold F. Harding. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1965. Two Vols., 496 and 566 pp.
Best of the Bookman 3 July 2011
The Rescue of Culture
by Anthony Harrigan
The Intemperate Professor, and Other Cultural Splenetics by Russell Kirk. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1965 [revised edition: Sherwood Sugden & Co., 1988]. 163 pp.
Best of the Bookman 17 July 2011
book cover A Conservative Scholar’s Wisdom
by George H. Nash
The Case For Conservatism, by Francis Graham Wilson, with a new introduction by Russell Kirk. Transaction Publishers (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903), 74 pp., $21.95, cloth.
Best of the Bookman 24 July 2011
book cover The Oracle of the South
by M. E. Bradford
The Essential Calhoun: Selections from Writings, Speeches, and Letters. Edited with an Introduction by Clyde Wilson. Foreword by Russell Kirk. Transaction Publishers (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903), 436 pp., $32.95.
Best of the Bookman 14 August 2011
In Praise of Latin
by J. A. Fallon
This “Best of the Bookman” essay from the 1980s looks at the role of Latin in education between 1935 and 1985—and its consequences.
Best of the Bookman 26 July 2015
book cover The Puritan Society: Toward Pluralism
by Daniel R. Campbell
The Last American Puritan: The Life of Increase Mather by Michael G. Hall. Wesleyan University Press, 1988. xv + 438 pp. $35.
Best of the Bookman 23 August 2015
Resisting Delusions
by John Lyon
Chance or Reality and Other Essays by Stanley L. Jaki. University Press of America, 1986. 258 pp., $14.50 paper.

The survival of any culture, or of the material fabric of civilization, requires vigorous imagination and readiness to sacrifice. By dullness and complacency are intellectual and social orders undone.

Russell Kirk

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