Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. A native of England, Mr. Pearce is Director of Book Publishing at the Augustine Institute, editor of the St. Austin Review, editor of Faith & Culture, and series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions. He is the author of numerous books, which include The Quest for ShakespeareTolkien: Man and MythThe Unmasking of Oscar WildeC. S. Lewis and The Catholic ChurchLiterary ConvertsWisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. ChestertonSolzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc.

Recent blog posts by this author

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...

The Radical Skepticism of Impressionism

Impressionism … is another name for that final skepticism which can find no floor to the universe. – G. K. Chesterton, The Man Who was Thursday The great writer G. K. Chesterton delighted in paradoxes, those apparent contradictions that...

Yearning for Good, Old-Fashioned Paganism

Although I confess that I’m a Christian, I pine sometimes for some good old fashioned paganism. Not the nonsense of the neo-pagans who have about as much in common with the real McCoy as a divorcee has with a virgin (to employ C. S. Lewis’ slap-in-...

From Russia with Love?

The buzz word of Barack Obama’s Presidential Election Campaign, oh so many eons ago, was “change”. What Americans want, we were told, was “change”. Now as the sun sets on the Obama-Nation we move forward into a New Year with a new leader of a...

Shakespeare the Scapegoat: Sacrificing the Bard on an Altar of Ignorance

In the aftermath of Trump’s shocking victory, the English Department at the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania called a meeting of its students to discuss the election. This might seem a little odd in itself. What, one wonders, has the election...

When Rudolph Meets Beowulf

One doesn’t need to be a Christian to enjoy Christmas. Or, to put it another way, even non-Christians can enjoy Christmas, if they embrace it in the broad Dickensian spirit of the Thing. Yes indeed. Everyone can enjoy Christmas. Or nearly...

Madonna and the Meaning of Democracy

So what does Madonna have to do with the meaning of democracy? Well, apart from her feeling that she had been “betrayed” by the democratic process because “the percentage of women who voted for Trump was insanely high”, the answer is not much. Truth...

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