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."

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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,...

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...

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