Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce

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Joseph Pearce is writer in residence and director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. His works include: "G.K. Chesterton: Wisdom and Innocence," "Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Disbelief," "Tolkien: Man and Myth," and "Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile."

Recent blog posts by this author

Why Note-Taking by Hand Is Better for Your Brain

We all know Aesop’s fable about the Tortoise and the Hare but few of us really believe, in the real world, that slowcoaches like the tortoise have a cat in hell’s chance of beating those in life’s fast lane. Few really believe, with John Milton,...

What Is Capitalism and Where Did It Start?

In a recent essay for The Imaginative Conservative, I claimed that capitalism had its origins in England. I had expected such a sweeping statement to raise the ire or the eyebrows of some readers and was not surprised that it...

Why Do Progressives Hate the West So Much?

President Trump was right to defend the West, a civilization which goes back to the Homeric epic and the Hebrew prophets, and having been baptized by Christ, is “not the property of any particular race but the universal aspiration of humankind”…...

The Importance of Chesterton, Tolkien and Lewis

[Editor’s Note: Joseph Pearce recently granted the following interview to The Whetstone, a student newspaper of Montreal College, North Carolina.] What do you see as your role, your calling, and how does it correlate with your work as a...

Solzhenitsyn on Russia and the West

In 1998 I had the inestimable pleasure and honour of interviewing Alexander Solzhenitsyn at his home outside Moscow. As I traveled to Russia I had no idea why he should have granted me an exclusive interview when he had shunned the advances of...

Today's Schools Are Producing 'Hollow Men'

One of the most heinous crimes against humanity that modernity has perpetrated is its war on the humanities. And let’s not forget that the humanities are thus called because they teach us about our own humanity. A failure to appreciate the...

Beren and Lúthien: Tolkien’s Greatest Love Story

There are many great literary love stories. Apart from fairytale princesses and their trysts with charming princes, we think perhaps of Romeo and Juliet, or Helen and Paris, or Odysseus and Penelope, or Aeneas and Dido, or Dante and Beatrice. And we...

Technology Addiction and the Gollumizing of Our Culture

Is technology liberating? Does science-driven “progress” make us happier? Not so, says social psychologist, Adam Alter, in his new book, Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. “In the past, we thought...

Is the West Worth Defending?

There are many people who will cite the West as something which is under threat and something for which we should be prepared to fight to defend. Depending on which defender of the West is pontificating, the threat comes from Russia, or from Islam,...

Have We Learned Anything at All Since the Great War?

This coming month marks the centenary of the entry of the United States into World War I. In an address to Congress, President Woodrow Wilson had asked for “a war to end all wars” that would “make the world safe for democracy”. In retrospect,...

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