Joseph Pearce

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Nailing Themselves to Their Own Crosses

It is said quite truly that the path of least resistance leads to Hell. This truism is particularly relevant to our present hedonistic culture because hedonism is the path of least resistance. It is the belief that we should do whatever makes us...

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Quid est Veritas? What is Truth?

Quid est veritas? What is truth?  Pontius Pilate’s question is one of the most famous ever asked. It is also one that has proved very difficult for many people to answer. It has baffled and confused some of the world’s most celebrated...

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Understanding the Middle Ages

As time goes on, the “Middle Ages” is exposed as an inadequate name for the period in history that it purports to describe. As with other labels, such as “the Enlightenment” and “the age of Reason,” the label says more about the men who did the...

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Here’s My Desert Island Reading List — What’s Yours?

Following the recent publication of my article “On the Reading of Good and Bad Books”, several people have requested that I provide a list of good books. This being so, I thought a follow-up article listing a selection of my own favorite books...

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On the Reading of Good Books and Bad Books

It has been said, quite correctly, that we write as well as we read. It can also be said, equally correctly, that we think as well as we read. Since our very thoughts are communicated to ourselves and to others by the use of words, it stands to...

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Education as if Truth Mattered

The title of this piece, “education as if truth mattered,” is taken from the subtitle of Christopher Derrick’s book, Escape from Scepticism: Liberal Education as if Truth Mattered, published in 1977. Derrick’s subtitle was itself borrowed and...

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Those with Roots Will Cling to the Faith of Their Fathers

A barrel-organ in the street suddenly sprang with a jerk into a jovial tune. Syme stood up taut, as if it had been a bugle before the battle. He found himself filled with a supernatural courage that came from nowhere. The jingling music seemed...

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Children or Slaves? The Abyss of Difference Between Islam and Christianity

Can Islam and Christianity be seen as being the same, or similar, or as complementing each other, or are they so radically opposed and at loggerheads that it is a grievous error to see them as having anything meaningful in common? At one extreme...

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Teaching Dante in Catholic Schools

Lovers of the Great Books argue interminably about which is the greatest? Among philosophers, the argument might focus on the relative merits of the works of Plato and Aristotle, or of Augustine and Aquinas. Among lovers of literature, some will...

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Defenders of the Faith: G. K. Chesterton vs. Prince Charles

On Nov. 24, 1521, Pope Leo X bestowed the title of Fidei Defensor (Defender of the Faith) on King Henry VIII. The honour was granted to the English king in recognition of his book Assertio Septem Sacramentorum (Defense of the Seven Sacraments),...