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Let Us Now Praise the Saint

In The Honorary Consul (1973), Graham Greene has one of his characters observe, “There were no detective stories in the age of faith. . . . God used to be the only detective when people believed in Him.  He was law.  He was order.  He was good. . . . It was He who pursued the wicked man for punishment and discovered all.”  That deficiency of detective stories in medieval times has been corrected by…
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Celebrating in the Stable

The National Catholic Register has just posted my musings on the true way of celebrating Christmas: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/no-room-at-the-inn-celebrating-in-the-stable
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Discussing “Capitalism”

There’s nothing like a little pre-Christmas controversy to “season” the season of Advent with rhetorical spice. This being so, I’ve engaged in a friendly discussion on the meaning of “capitalism” with one who believes in the Free Market: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/12/discussing-capitalism-joseph-pearce.html
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O Little Town and Bethlehem

The National Catholic Register has just published my observations on the way that Christmas is celebrated in the small town in South Carolina in which I live. http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/o-little-town-and-bethlehem-keeping-christmas-local
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Solzhenitsyn: Slayer of Dragons

The editorial that I wrote for the latest issue of the St. Austin Review has just been published by the Imaginative Conservative: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/12/solzhenitsyn-centenary-celebration-joseph-pearce.html
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Mahoney on Solzhenitsyn

Daniel J. Mahoney, one of the fine writers who contributed to the new Solzhenitsyn centenary issue of the St. Austin Review, has another excellent article celebrating the great Russian writer, which I’d like to share: https://www.city-journal.org/aleksandr-solzhenitsyn
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Solzhenitsyn: A Centenary Appraisal

As visitors to this site and subscribers to the St. Austin Review will know, the latest issue of StAR is “A Centenary Celebration” of the life and legacy of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The issue celebrates the hundredth anniversary, this month, of the great Russian’s birth. In similar vein, an article just published by the Times Literary Supplement offers a cogent and highly informed view of Solzhenitsyn, in light of recently published books by and about him: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/solzhenitsyn-as-he-saw-himself/
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Educate Your Friends This Christmas

The Imaginative Conservative has just published my review of Thomas S. Martin’s The Death of the Soul: Critical Essays on the University in which I recommend it as a good gift to buy for friends who need a little education about the perilous state of modern “education”. https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/12/death-of-the-soul-thomas-s-martin-joseph-pearce.html
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New and Exclusive to the Inner Sanctum

I’m pleased to share news of the latest exclusive content to be added to the Inner Sanctum of my website jpearce.co, available to donor-subscribers: In “Curious George and the Dragon” I succumb to over-scrupulosity in suffering pangs of guilt for acting unjustly to a cartoon chimpanzee! There is an exclusive preview of the rough cut of a new Tolkien documentary for which I was interviewed extensively, filmed in Oxford and the United States. This is not…
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Wounded Beauty: Suffering and the Arts

Subscribers to the St. Austin Review might recognise this article, just published by Faith & Culture, because it was originally published as a StAR editorial: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2018/11/26/wounded-beauty-suffering-and-the-arts
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On the Other Side of the Microphone

In the latest of the weekly podcasts that I’m doing for Faith & Culture, the tables are turned as I become the one being interviewed instead of the one doing the interviewing. Noted theologian and author, Michael Barber, whom I’d interviewed earlier, took over the microphone and asked me about my own upbringing in England and my journey home to Holy Mother Church. https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2018/11/26-podcast-michael-journey-home-tbdmz