Literature and Tradition

Adam & Eve

In his Confessions, St Augustine recounts the effect on him of hearing Bishop Ambrose explain various Old Testament passages figuratively: ‘These passages had been death to me when I took them literally, but once I had heard them […..]

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Conversing with Paradise

At a time when poetry has little regard for anything beyond the commonplace realities of everyday perception and sentiment, these studies propose a restoration of balance as between outer and inner worlds. For too long, in the […..]

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Dark Way to Paradise

Dante’s Inferno is often presented today in lurid ‘gothic’ terms as if it were no more than an entertaining demonic freak-show. Alternately, it is taken as merely a cultural and political commentary on Dante’s own place and time, […..]

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Hammering Hot Iron

The Men’s Movement has come, and for the most part gone. While it was here, it gave us an opportunity to learn something about the Warrior Spirit—not in the context of militarism, or economic acquisitiveness, or the […..]

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Science and Religion in Ancient Greece

How far has the Western intellect come since Homer and the earliest Greek philosophers? Nearly three millennia have passed and in our own eyes we have made enormous progress since those times, especially in the last five […..]

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The Esoterism of Dante

Especially since the Renaissance, some in Western Christendom have suspected that the deeper dimension of their tradition has somehow been lost, and have therefore sought to discover, or create, an ‘esoteric’ or ‘initiatic’ Christianity. In the middle […..]

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The Richest Vein

In The Richest Vein, published in 1949, Charles le Gai Eaton was the first to give a clear account in English of the ‘traditionalist’ school of writers, specifically in the setting of his chapter on two of its […..]

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