Joseph Pearce

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The 20th Century Revisited

Actually I am a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’ – though it contains … some samples or glimpses of final victory. —J.R.R. Tolkien [T]ogether through ages of the world...

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Why Maidens and Dragons Are Enemies to the Death

In The Hobbit, Thorin Oakenshield gives Bilbo Baggins a beginner’s lesson on the nature of dragons, a sort of dragons for dummies, telling the unschooled hobbit that dragons “carry away people, especially maidens, to eat.” Dragons have a...

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Techno-Addiction and the Gollumizing of Culture

Is technology liberating? Does science-driven “progress” make us happier? Not so, says social psychologist Adam Alter in his book, Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. “In the past, we thought of...

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Literary Priests in the Apocalyptic Tavern

“All roads point at last to an ultimate inn, where we shall meet Dickens and all his characters: and when we drink again it shall be from the great flagons in the tavern at the end of the world.” —G. K. Chesterton One wonders what Chesterton’s...

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Narnia: Deep Magic From Before the Dawn of Time

J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis were great friends, and Tolkien, a life-long practicing Catholic, was instrumental to Lewis’s conversion to Christianity in 1931. Following his conversion C.S. Lewis became one of the most indomitable Christian...

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Rome and Romanticism

If Rome is a mystery, so is Romanticism. If Rome, as the Eternal City, is so much more than the temporal city situated in the heart of Italy; Romanticism is so much more than romance, at least in the wine-and-roses sense in which it is celebrated...

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Cardinal Newman: Father of the Catholic Revival

The forthcoming canonization of Cardinal Newman serves as a timely reminder of Newman’s monumental importance to the revival of Catholicism, not only in his native England but also in the United States. Put simply, the reception of John Henry...

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Who is Man?

In an age of relativism which seems to deny the definitive nature of anything, it is truly a noble endeavor to defend the definite. This being so, it might be helpful to define one of the central questions confronting our myopic and miasmic times...

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the Meaning of Life

“Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realize that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul.” —Alexander...

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Greatest Love Story

There are many great literary love stories. Apart from fairytale princesses and their trysts with charming princes, we think perhaps of Romeo and Juliet, or Helen and Paris, or Odysseus and Penelope, or Aeneas and Dido, or Dante and Beatrice. And...