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Weekly Faith & Culture Podcasts

I am delighted and honoured to be the host of weekly podcast conversations with some really great Catholics as part of my work with Faith & Culture at the Augustine Institute. Please visit faithandculture.com to access all the podcasts we’ve released so far. As an appetizer, here’s my recent conversation with Chris Stefanick: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2018/6/11/episode-6-chris-stefanick

The Childlike vs. the Childish

The difference between being childish and childlike could be the difference between going to hell or getting to heaven. Here’s my musing on such things in Faith & Culture: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2018/6/14/unless-you-become-like-little-children

Banning Shakespeare and Hating Humanity

In my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative I connect those who are seeking to banish Shakespeare from the classroom with those who hate humanity.  http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/06/banning-shakespeare-haters-neo-racism-joseph-pearce.html

Education as if Truth Mattered

The National Catholic Register has just published some musings of mine on what constitutes a true education: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/education-as-if-truth-mattered

Narnia for Grown-Ups

I’m gratified to see that a very good review of my latest book has just been published in The Wanderer: http://thewandererpress.com/catholic/news/featured-today/a-book-review-exploring-the-goodness-truth-and-beauty-of-narnia/

Tolkien in Oxford and New York

Subscribers to the St. Austin Review will know the regular film column written by London-based writer, K. V. Turley. In an article just published in the National Catholic Register, Mr. Turley reports on an exciting new Tolkien Exhibit, currently in Oxford but soon to be coming to New York: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/the-creative-mind-of-j.r.r.-tolkien

Interview on Narnia

Pete Socks, the Catholic Book Blogger, has just interviewed me on my latest book, Further Up & Further In: Understanding Narnia. Here’s the link to the interview: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/catholicbookblogger/2018/06/10/joseph-pearce-on-off-the-shelf-076-understanding-narnia/

Two Great Commencements

My experience of giving commencement addresses at two very different Catholic schools has inspired my latest article for the Journal of the Cardinal Newman Society: https://newmansociety.org/two-commencements-that-exemplify-authentic-catholic-education/

Daydreams, Nightmares and Christian Realism

The latest article of mine to be published by Faith & Reason compares the daydreams of optimism and the nightmares of nihilism with the realism of Christianity: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2018/6/1/daydreams-nightmares-and-christian-realism