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Against Capital Punishment 2

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 Among those who read my post Against Capital Punishment, reactions were varied, but only in their disagreement. No one agreed with me. Some pointed to the most heinous crimes imaginable and asserted vigorously that such crimes deserved death, pointing out that the unbearable outrage is only mitigated by a death sentence. Others were against capital punishment, but not against punishment itself, pointing out that the Church teaches that punishment must be administered with mercy. No…
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New in This Week’s inner Sanctum

Here is what is newly posted to the Inner Sanctum of my personal website: jpearce.coHome is Where the Hearth Is: Joseph Pearce and Fr. Dwight Longenecker continue their discussion of Southern Catholic writers, focusing on the contemporary author, Glenn Arbery.Poem of the Week: Continuing the Belloc Festival to commemorate 150th anniversary of the great man’s birth, Joseph Pearce reads and discusses three more of Belloc’s poems.Revisiting Old Favourites: Join Joseph Pearce and Belloc on The Path…
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Against Capital Punishment

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I’m opposed to capital punishment. First, obviously, thou shalt not kill. Then, there’s the parable of the wheat and the weeds. (Leave the weeds; otherwise, you’ll hurt the wheat.) Put differently, if you destroy the bad, you destroy the good along with it. (Thank you, Nathaniel Hawthorne.) But there’s another reason, broader and deeper. I’ve noticed that whenever a commandment is broken—for whatever reason—the consequences are disastrous. I’ve never known a marriage based on adultery…
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Join Me for an Online Shakespeare Course

I’m so excited to be part of a new online liberal arts initiative for which I’ll be teaching an eight-week course on Shakespeare. Please consider joining me by enrolling in the course:https://magnusinstitute.org/courses/literary-tradition-iv-shakespeare/
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Hilaire Belloc: Celebrating His 150th Birthday

July 27 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Hilaire Belloc. I was interviewed by a Polish journal to commemorate this event. The English version has just been published by Catholic World Report: https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/07/26/hilaire-belloc-defender-of-the-faith/ And here’s the Polish version:https://www.pch24.pl/hilaire-belloc—nieustraszony-zolnierz-kosciola-walczacego,77448,i.html
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What’s New in the Inner Sanctum

Here is what has been newly posted in the Inner Sanctum of my personal website:Home Is Where the Hearth Is: Joseph Pearce continues his discussion with Fr. Dwight Longenecker on the subject of Southern Catholic Literature. This week they discuss the works of Walker Percy.Revisiting Old Favourites: Join Joseph Pearce and Hilaire Belloc on the Path to Rome, as Belloc encounters a peasant and imbibes his wine.Poems of the Week: Continuing the Belloc Festival in the Inner…
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Dean Koontz: A Confession

Why do I consider the bestselling novelist Dean Koontz to be a sin of omission on my part? Here’s the answer:https://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/dean-koontz-a-confession
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What’s New in This Week’s Inner Sanctum

Home is Where the Hearth Is: In Conversation with Fr. Dwight Longenecker on Flannery O’Connor.Revisiting Old Favourites: In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Hilaire Belloc, please join me and Belloc on The Path to Rome.Poem of the Week: It’s Belloc Month in the Inner Sanctum as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth on July 27. Continuing our series of the best of Belloc’s poetry, I discuss and read “The…
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Following in Frodo’s Footsteps

The latest of the interviews I did with David Bates for the “Pints with Jack” C. S. Lewis podcast is now live. The topic this time is my book, Frodo’s Journey:https://youtu.be/iCnYyvG1aSE
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What is Systemic Racism?

I’ve committed the unforgivable sin of applying reason as a means of answering this highly emotive question:https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/07/what-systemic-racism-joseph-pearce.html