Joseph Pearce

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Batman versus Modern Art

The secret’s out. My dual identity has been discovered. By day, I spend my time in the company of serious writers and thinkers, such as Homer, Dante, Shakespeare and Thomas Aquinas, but by night I sit down with my 11-year-old daughter to watch...

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Dean Koontz: A Confession

I have a confession to make. It relates to a longstanding sin of omission. Here I am in my 60th year and I can claim to have the dubious distinction of never having read any of the novels of Dean Koontz. “Big deal,” I would have said for most of...

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Sex, Nonsense and Shakespeare

There is something truly rotten in the state of Shakespeare criticism. Take, for instance, All is True, a film produced by Sony Pictures Classics, which shows Shakespeare as a homosexual. Such nonsense has its rotting roots in pride and...

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Remembering Hilaire Belloc with Father James Schall

Although readers of the National Catholic Register will presumably need no introduction to Hilaire Belloc, who was born 150 years ago, it will be well to at least remind ourselves of why Belloc is worth remembering. Born at La Celle Saint Cloud,...

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Minds That Hate

But if you want money for people with minds that hate All I can tell is brother you’ll have to wait.                                     John Lennon (From the lyrics of Revolution by the Beatles)   The recent racially-charged rioting across...

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What is Christendom?

It is evident from the various definitions of civilization with which we grappled in my last article (“What is Civilization?”) that it is necessary to differentiate between the modern understanding of it as an intellectual construct of the...

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What is Civilization?

Is civilization worth defending? Should we aim to conform to it so that we can be considered civilized? Should we aim to bring our children up according to its norms so that they can also be considered civilized? Should we try to make our country...

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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...