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

John Milton's Lucifer: The Reason People Like Him

In an article for The Atlantic on March 16, Edward Simon endeavors to get to grips with the fascination that Americans feel for the character of Lucifer in John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost. In a well-written and well-reasoned article, Simon...

6 Questions to Ask to Determine if You're an Alienated Soul

Look out at your children   See their faces in golden rays Don't kid yourself they belong to you They're the start of a coming race … Homo Sapiens have outgrown their use All the strangers came today And it looks as though...

How J.R.R. Tolkien Used Middle-Earth to Reveal Who We Are

In his famous essay on fairy stories, J. R. R. Tolkien asserted that one of the most important facets of fairytales is that they hold up a “Mirror of scorn and pity towards Man”. The fairy story, Tolkien wrote, “may be used as a Mirour de l’Omme” (...

Why Lord of the Rings is NOT an Allegory (And Why it Very Much is)

Is The Lord of the Rings an allegory? It’s a question that continues to divide lovers of Tolkien’s magnum opus. Yes, say some. No, say others. In the face of such an impasse it might be helpful to ask Tolkien himself. Surely he must know. Surely, as...

Can the Last Really be First?

Some writers rejoice in paradox. One thinks perhaps of Oscar Wilde or G. K. Chesterton. And one thinks especially perhaps of Shakespeare. King Lear is almost defined by the paradox of foolish wisdom, and it is Hamlet who says that he must be cruel...

King Lear: A Tragedy on Relativism

Know thou this: that men Are as the time is.                 -Edmund (King Lear, Act V, Scene 3) One of the most rudimentary errors that one can make in reading a...

Does Free Trade Lead to Freedom?

In all normal civilisations the trader existed and must exist. But in all normal civilisations the trader was the exception; certainly he was never the rule; and most certainly he was never the ruler. The predominance which he has gained in the...

Immigration Lessons for President Trump from Thomas Aquinas

I am grateful to The Imaginative Conservative for publishing Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s reasoned defence of President Trump’s executive order placing a ninety day moratorium on immigration from countries deemed to pose a terrorist threat to the United...

People Are Moving Faster... and Getting Dumber

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 Milton, that “...

Odysseus' Voyage: What We Can Learn From Homer's Everyman

Lovers of Monty Python will recall the scene in The Life of Brian in which John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin discuss the contribution of the Romans to civilization: “What have the Romans ever done for us?” In today’s supercilious culture we...

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