Joseph Pearce

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Advent and the Long Defeat

“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 “Together through ages of the...

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Educate Your Friends This Christmas

Advent has only just begun but many of us are already thinking of Christmas. In one sense, this is fair enough. Advent is a time of preparation for our celebration of the birth of Christ and it is appropriate that we should be looking forward...

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Black Lives Matter, Born and Unborn

Which black lives matter? Having asked such a provocative question, I’m going to answer it unequivocally. Yes, of course all black lives matter. They matter not because they are black but because they are human. It is in the dignity of the human...

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Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. —Cicero I would mention that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. —G. K. Chesterton There are some things that...

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Wonder and Wickedness: The Anatomy of Good and Evil

“For I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!” In Tolkien’s magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings, Saruman the White renounces his title and office, declaring himself to be “of many colours.” He is no longer content to...

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John F. Kennedy and C.S. Lewis: Where Are They Now?

At 5:30 p.m. (U.K. time) on Nov. 22, 1963, C. S. Lewis collapsed in his home in Oxford after a long illness and died a few minutes later. At the same time, across the Atlantic, John F. Kennedy was landing at Dallas airport after the short flight...

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T.S. Eliot and His Age

As much as it might hate to admit it, the secular culture is greatly indebted to the Catholic Cultural Revival. From the roots of the revival in the Romantic reaction against the secular rationalism of the Enlightenment to the fruits of its...

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St. John Henry Newman and America

The recent news that the Bishop of Northampton has declined to move forward with the cause for the canonization of G. K. Chesterton was not well received in the United States. At this year’s annual conference of the American Chesterton Society in...

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Life, Dignity and Disability: A Faith that Welcomes Suffering

“One has to accept sorrow for it to be of any healing power, and that is the most difficult thing in the world … A priest once said to me, ‘When you understand what accepted sorrow means, you will understand everything. It is the secret of...

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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...