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Redemption in Middle-earth

Tolkien’s work is infused with Catholic theology. This brief essay of mine, originally published as the entry under “Redemption” in The Tolkien Encyclopedia, has just been published by Faith & Culture: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/03/14/redemption-in-middle-earth

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

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Common question among churchgoers after Ash Wednesday. I’m a vegetarian, so I can’t give up meat. Of course, there’s a lot more I could “sacrifice.” Years ago, however, I thought about what to give up—daily wine with dinner, desserts, etc. But every way I turned this in my thoughts, it just came out silly. Foregoing ice cream did not seem anything more or other than a minor nuisance, more likely to make me irritable than…

What is Culture?

Following in the footsteps of T. S. Eliot and others, I am offering a definition of culture: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/03/what-is-culture-joseph-pearce.html

A Light in the East

The late Fr. Milward was much more than a leading scholar of Shakespeare and Hopkins. He was also a keen observer of culture, seeing it through the lens of his training as a Jesuit and also from the perspective of more than sixty years of teaching in Japan. Here is my tribute to Fr. Milward’s insights into the true meaning and purpose of education: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/03/light-east-thoughts-education-japan-joseph-pearce.html

Join Me in France this Summer

I will be returning to Chavagnes International College in the beautiful Vendée region of France this summer to teach a one-week intensive course on “The Anointed Imagination”, which will cover the full spectrum of great literature from Homer to Tolkien. Please do consider joining me. Details of the Conference and of the MA program offered by The Studium at Chavagnes are given in the following links: Conference: http://chavagnes.org/conferences/programme-for-july-2019-conference/ The Studium, for the MA etc: http://chavagnes.org/studium/

Beware the Stormtroopers of Secularism

Here’s why secularism is the deadliest of religions: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/beware-the-stormtroopers-of-secularism And here’s the same article published in Spanish: https://www.religionenlibertad.com/opinion/629893266/Cuidado-con-las-tropas-de-asalto-del-laicismo.html

The Inklings Period

The sixth and final part of my podcast lecture series on the Catholic Literary Revival covers the Inklings Period from the publication of The Hobbit in 1937 until Tolkien’s death in 1973: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/02/25-the-catholic-literary-revival-the-waste-land-generation-ellr7