Joseph Pearce

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Catholic Education: Agreeing and Not Quite Agreeing with George Weigel

“We were always arguing but we never quarreled.” So said G. K. Chesterton of his relationship with his brother. Like Chesterton, I like arguing but I always try to avoid quarreling. The former is a healthy disagreement based upon a mutual desire...

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G.K. Chesterton and the Meaning of Progress

The great British writer G.K. Chesterton insisted that progress is not merely a problem but is “the mother of problems.” It is, therefore, necessary to understand what progress is, and perhaps more important what it is not, before we can fully...

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It’s All About Who We Are

In recent days I’ve been involved in a conversation about which aspects of modern life have the most impact on shaping the culture in which we live. Is it business or education? Is it politics or the media? How about medial issues or the health...

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Remembering the Joyous Day When Benedict XVI Became Pope

Like most people, or at least like most Catholics, I remember exactly where I was on April 2, 2005, the day on which John Paul II died. Minutes after hearing the doom-laden news, I gathered together with Father Joseph Fessio and a small group of...

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The Joy of Being Surprised by C.S. Lewis

I first stumbled across C.S. Lewis whilst fumbling around in a fog of ignorance. As an angry young man, filled to the brim with bitterness, I was groping for fragments of light amid figments of darkness. The light had first shone forth from the...

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We Are Beginning to See a Catholic Revival in the Arts

Throughout the past two millennia the Catholic Faith has inspired the greatest works of art. We think of edifying edifices of stone, such as St. Peter’s Basilica or Chartres Cathedral; we think of Michelangelo’s Pietàor Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint...

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War Teaches Wonder Woman a Lesson

Note: Wonder Woman (2017) is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, iTunes and Amazon Video. It’s been many years since I’ve been in the habit of watching films. It’s not because I’ve turned my back on the motion picture as an art form; I haven’t. It’s just...

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Science versus Scientism

Science is good but scientism isn’t. Science looks at the cosmos objectively, indeed scientifically. Scientism doesn’t.  Science, in the broadest sense of the word, derived from the Latin scientia, simply means “knowledge”. In this sense, all...

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Staying with Hobbits, Dining with Orcs

Recently I had the great joy and pleasure of being hosted by a wonderful Catholic family in Saskatoon. The parents and their six homeschooled children, who ranged from 2 to 12 in age (four girls and two boys), were truly inspirational. I joined...

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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...