Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Book Recommendation: A Canticle for Leibowitz

          The Fall Semester of my senior year at Hillsdale, I took an inter-disciplinary class called "Reflections on American Order and Disorder." The purpose of the class was to examine the inter-play between Christian Humanism and true conservatism. Conservative ideas are built on the belief that the institutions of society ought to be preserved, and changed slowly over time only when their faults have become clearly apparent. The rejection of these institutions results in chaos and disorder, evidenced by the secular tyrannies of 20th Century fascism, socialism and communism. The traditional institutions of society strengthen and uphold the order and fabric of culture. To help us wrestle with these and many other ideas, Dr. Birzer, my professor had us read A Canticle of Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller Jr.. Dr. Birzer recently reviewed this book, which is available on The Imaginative Conservative blog:

An Augustinian Wasteland: A Canticle of Leibowitz