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

Homer’s ‘Iliad’ is a Morality Tale

Sing, Muse, of Achilles’ anger and its devastation … and of the will of Zeus which was done. - Homer The opening lines of Homer’s epic, The Iliad, say it all. In these first few words, the poet betrays his purpose and unpacks the deepest meaning...

Solzhenitsyn, Suffering, and the Meaning of Life

“Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realize that the object of life is not prosperity as we are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul.”    ...

What Does Healthy Democracy Look Like?

Surely nobody in this day and age has the temerity to suggest that there’s anything wrong with democracy? Surely I am not doing so? Well, it depends what exactly we mean by democracy. As always, it's important that we define our terms. Democracy...

Is It Okay to Question Darwin’s Theory of Evolution?

I have a confession to make. I am experiencing doubts about Darwinian evolution. Let me make it clear that my rejection of dogmatic Darwinism does not mean that I reject the possibility of some form of genetic evolution. Indeed I accept as a self...

Absolute Comfort Corrupts Absolutely

My men went on and presently met the Lotus-Eaters, nor did these Lotus-Eaters have any thought of destroying our companions, but they only gave them lotus to taste of. But any of them who ate the honey-sweet fruit of lotus was unwilling to take...

Brexit: Could it happen in the United States?

Could Brexit happen in the United States? Could we see something similar on this side of the Pond? Imagine the imperialism of the European Parliament and then place it beside the imperialism of the Federal Government. Imagine the way in which the...

Quid est Veritas ('What is Truth') and Can we Know it?

Quid est veritas? What is truth? Pontius Pilate’s question is one of the most famous ever asked. It is also one that has proved difficult to answer. It has baffled and confused some of the world’s most celebrated philosophers. It remains the most...

When Freedom and the Common Good Collide

One of the things that I really enjoy about writing for Intellectual Takeout is the quality and challenging nature of those who visit this site. This was evident in the comment to my last article about the danger of using half-digested Shakespeare...

Relativism and the Danger of Half-Digested Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.                                ...

'Just Be You': Our Culture's Sad Embrace of Moral Anarchy

Earlier this week, traveling back home from California and during a layover at Dallas/Fort Worth, I decided to draw some cash from an ATM near my departure gate. The company dispensing the cash was Chase Bank, a subsidiary of the multinational...

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