Joseph Pearce

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Neo-Racism and its Crimes Against Humanity

As one who has made his home in South Carolina, I am still haunted by the horrific killing by a white supremacist of nine people at an African-American church in Charleston, several years ago. This sickening murder highlights the pernicious...

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On the Road Not Taken

I am fond of telling the story of an American tourist who gets himself hopelessly lost somewhere in the wilds of the west of Ireland. In desperation, he stops to ask an Irishman the way. “If I were you,” the rustic sage replies, “I would not...

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Oscar Wilde’s Scandalous Secret: The Love That Dare Not Speak its Name

Oscar Wilde’s life is more scandalous today than it was during the Decadence of the 1890s. In fact, it is so scandalous that a recent exhibition of his life and legacy at the Petit Palais Musée des Beaux Arts in Paris kept the most shocking part...

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Tolkien and Lewis: Masters of Myth and Tellers of Truth

“I have left behind illusion,” I said to myself. “Henceforth I live in a world of three dimensions – with the aid of my five senses.” I have since learned that there is no such world, but then, as the car turned out of sight of the house, I...

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Teaching Our Children the Classics

As a new school year begins, it is timely to remind ourselves that western civilization is a specifically Christian inheritance that it is the duty of parents to pass on to their children. Indeed, a failure on the part of parents to nourish their...

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Whatever Happened to the Catholic Literary Revival?

One of the most encouraging phenomena of the last two centuries is the Catholic Literary Revival, which, in its gestation period, from 1798 to 1845, saw the rise of neo-medievalism, beginning with Coleridge’s Mariner and Scott’s chivalrous...

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A Hiding Place for Holy Priests in Elizabethan England

As a hobbit in exile my heart’s hearth remains in the Shire; and, to be specific, to the English shire of Norfolk in East Anglia. For many people, the restfully rolling landscape of East Anglia will bring to the mind’s eye the works of John...

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Joyful Suffering with the Missionaries of the Poor

There are relatively few occasions in anyone’s life that can truly be called life-changing. It is rare indeed that something happens to us which is so startling, so seismic in its impact, that we are never the same again. One such moment...

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In Vino Veritas: Chesterton Proposes a Toast

As early as 1921, during his first visit to the United States, Chesterton had been horrified by the rise of Federal and corporate power and the consequent destruction of small government and small business. In an interview with a Boston newspaper...

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Recusants and Martyrs Who Resisted England’s Tudor Terror

One of the biggest mistakes that a student of history can make is to confuse the so-called English “Reformation” with its namesake on the continent. Whereas the Protestant Reformation in Europe was animated by the genuine theological differences...