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 God See Humans as His Children or His Servants?

Appearances can be deceptive. One might think, for instance, that this article is going to be religious. It is not. Not in the least. To speak tautologically, a religious article is one which is religious, i.e. one that advocates a particular...

When the Words ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ Become Heresy

We live in a world of Orwellian doublethink and nonsensical newspeak. This has long been the case and nothing has changed. Way back in 1789, the tyrants of the French Revolution, under the pleasant-sounding slogan Liberté, Fraternité et Egalité...

Was Shakespeare Really a Nihilist?

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury Signifying nothing. Does this wonderful passage from Macbeth signify...

Building Walls for Protection is Not Immoral or Unchristian

The building of walls has been very much in the news over the past week or so. There is, of course, the famous or infamous wall that President Elect Trump has promised to build along the Mexican border. And then there are the recent comments by Pope...

Sacrificing Diversity in the Name of ‘Diversity’

Several days ago, Intellectual Takeout highlighted the plight of a college professor who is being persecuted for questioning the validity of the college’s “diversity” program. Students marched on the president’s office demanding that the professor...

Seeing the Lamp by the Light of the Tree

Yesterday evening, on my way home from the gym, I found myself waiting at a stoplight. Not being one who feels the urgency to check for text messages at every available moment, I ignored the handheld device which, in any event, I hadn’t bothered to...

What Are We? Answering the Riddle of Mankind

In recent days I’ve been involved in a conversation about which aspects of modern life have the most impact on shaping the culture in which we live. Is it business or education? Is it politics or the media? How about medial issues or the health...

Freedom Comes at a Price–And We Don’t Want to Pay It

There might be few things on which most people agree but freedom is one of them. Although we might differ over what we understand freedom to be, we all think freedom is a good thing. And yet, truth be told, most of us don’t care as much about it as...

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Death of Human Dignity

So much has been said and written about the present Presidential election campaign that many of us are no doubt feeling overloaded with unwanted and ill-tempered debate and are suffering from political-spin-fatigue. This being so, I have no desire...

Why Freedom Without Virtue is a Dangerous Thing

At the heart of all politics is the conflict or at least the tension between individual liberty and the common good. This conflict or tension gives rise to an array of paradoxical questions. To what extent, for instance, does my taking of liberties...

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