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The Charm of the Chesterbelloc

The latest episode of a seven-part podcast series on “The Charm of the Chesterbelloc” is about to be posted in the Inner Sanctum of my personal website, jpearce.co. The series looks at the friendship of Belloc and Chesterton and also compares and contrasts their gifts. I consider which of them is the finer novelist, poet, essayist, biographer, and defender of the Faith. Who is greater? Belloc? Or Chesterton?I invite those who would like to support me…

Join Me at an Online Literature Conference

On the evening of Friday, March 13th I’m giving the keynote lecture at an online literature conference. “Re-Enchanting the World: The Legacy of the Inklings” promises to be an exciting and indeed an enchanting conference which people can attend from the comfort of their own homes. My own lecture will be entitled “Narnia & Middle-earth: When Two Worlds Collude”. Please do join me.Full description and to register:  https://houseofhumaneletters.com/eventss/

Why the Hammer and Sickle Should Be Treated Like the Swastika

If someone were to ask you to think of either extreme of the political spectrum, odds are you would immediately picture a swastika at one end and a hammer and sickle at the other. Regardless of your views on the left-right paradigm or whether or not you subscribe to horseshoe theory, we (rightfully) tend to perceive fascism and communism as the standard ideologies of the extreme. … https://fee.org/articles/why-the-hammer-and-sickle-should-be-treated-like-the-swastika/?fbclid=IwAR1Hl3A3XzEklDJKrsvbR9gjn4EEkoA9gdF7RmCXf4sFodfbGG4YSxRkPNA

Freud versus Hamlet

Here’s my defence of Hamlet from Freud’s misreading of his character:https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2020/2/20/freud-versus-hamlet-exposing-shakespeare-abuse

Reflections on Writing and Scholarship

An interview that I gave to some students at Benedictine College has been published by The Imaginative Conservative:https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/02/reflections-writing-scholarship-autodidact-joseph-pearce.html

For Your Penance

With Lent approaching, it is time to think again about how to answer the annual question, “So, what are you giving up for Lent?”  Or, its variation, “What are you doing for Lent?”  Often, the emphasis is on you; the person asking the question is poised to use your answer as a springboard for talking about what the questioner is giving up or doing. Of course, Lent is not a roaring beast we need to…

Tolkien & Lewis on Purgatory

Here’s my podcast discussion with theologian Elizabeth Klein on the views of Tolkien and Lewis on the after-life:https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2020/02/10-tolkien-and-lewis-on-purgatory-with-elizabeth-klein

The Music that Seduced Nietzsche

Which wonderful piece of classical music almost seduced Nietzsche into sympathizing with Christianity? Read on to learn more:https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/02/richard-wagner-nietzsche-joseph-pearce.html