Joseph Pearce

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World on Fire: How Tolkien and Lewis Responded to War and Its Horrors

The 20th century was the bloodiest century in human history. It was characterized by two world wars, which killed collectively between 70-100 million people, and a Cold War which potentially could have killed many more people than the two world...

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What is Wrong

It is over a century since G. K. Chesterton published his book What’s Wrong with the World. He had originally wanted to call it “What’s Wrong” but the publisher insisted on the longer title. In its pages the multitudinous problems associated with...

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Hard Lessons from Great Literature in a Time of Pestilence

We are living in very confused and confusing times. The pestilence is upon us and many of us find ourselves in lockdown, under house arrest, and, if we live alone, in solitary confinement. Worse, at least for Catholics, is the fact that we have...

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Lessons from History on the Coronavirus

In a recent article I offered some lessons from literature on the coronavirus, focusing on the three chapters in Manzoni’s classic novel, The Betrothed, which are set during the plague that struck the city of Milan in 1630. In this article, I’d...

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God Preserve Us from Godless Philanthropy

How exactly will the British “keep calm and carry on” during the crisis caused by the coronavirus? This is the question addressed by British journalist and historian Simon Heffer in an article published in the U.K.’s Sunday Telegraph on March 15....

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Truth From Out of Africa

One of the most encouraging developments in the Church in recent years has been the emergence of good, solid prelates from Africa. One thinks of Cardinal Arinze, whom many had thought might become the first African pope, and now there is the...

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Jeffrey Epstein and the Hideous Strength of Transhumanism

The sordid life of Jeffrey Epstein serves to highlight the decadence of the deplorable epoch in which we find ourselves, as do the suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. The web of vice and viciousness that he had spun was widespread,...

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‘Just Be You’ versus ‘You Be Just’

Some time back, traveling back home from California and during a layover at Dallas/Fort Worth, I decided to draw some cash from an ATM near my departure gate. The company dispensing the cash was Chase Bank, a subsidiary of the multinational...

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Our Lady of Walsingham and the Resurrection of England

Something is stirring in England. It’s not much. A still, small voice of calm whispering in the dark. Prayers ascending like incense. A rekindled faith. No, it’s not much. Merely a mustard seed. It won’t be noticed by most people. It will go...

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Candles of Light and Life

Can the culture of life take root and flourish in the very midst of the culture of death? This crucial question is answered in the affirmative by the Missionaries of the Poor, one of the fastest growing religious orders in the Church...