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Catholicism & Nineteenth Century Literature

Part seven of my podcast series “Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know”, which is based upon my book of the same title. Visit EveryCatholic.org/Literature to learn more. https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/09/16-catholicism-and-19th-century-literature
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The Genius of Jane Austen – In Spanish

My friends at Religion en Libertad in Spain have translated my essay “The Feminine Genius of Jane Austin” and have added several links to film adaptations of Austen’s work. Spanish speakers might want to explore further: https://www.religionenlibertad.com/cultura/480630277/Jane-Austen-realismo-cristiano-relativismo-simpatizaba-catolicos.html
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In Defence of Archaisms

Archaisms renew and renovate the language because it is the old things that make all things new. Here’s my call for the preservation of endangered words:  https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/09/defense-archaisms-joseph-pearce.html
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What’s Wrong: Pride & the Fall of Modernity

What’s Wrong: Pride & the Fall of Modernity The new issue of the St. Austin Review will be winging its way to subscribers imminently. Highlights of the September/October issue: Joseph Pearce sees Pride as “what’s wrong” with modernity and the cause of its fall. Mark Deavin uncovers “the true horror of the Nazi euthanasia murder program”. Lord David Alton laments those who are “turning a blind eye to the murder and rape of Christians”. Louise Merrie is…
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Masters of Myth, Tellers of Truth

Here are some musings on the nature and supernature of myth and truth as understood by master storytellers, such as Tolkien, Lewis, Waugh and Shakespeare: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/tolkien-and-lewis-masters-of-myth-and-tellers-of-truth
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Books I’d Like to Write

I’ll never be able to read all the books that I wish that I could, and I’ll never write all the books that I’d like to. Here are some musings on some books I wish I had time to write: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/09/books-like-write-joseph-pearce.html
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The Witness and Wisdom of C. S. Lewis

My short essay on the brilliance of C. S. Lewis, originally published as an editorial in the St. Austin Review, has just been posted by the Imaginative Conservative: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/09/cs-lewis-witness-wisdom-joseph-pearce.html
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The McKinley Boys

“If I were giving a young man advice,” said Wilbur Wright, “as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.”  That advice certainly applied to his older contemporary, a fellow Ohioan and the twenty-fifth President of the United States, William McKinley.  It is worth recalling that more than a century ago McKinley filled young people with enthusiasm. To take…
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Fate and Free Will in Middle-Earth

If, like me, you are a Tolkien-junkie, you will enjoy this excellent podcast on the role of fate and free will in Middle-earth, hosted by Bishop James Wall of the Diocese of Gallup, one of the finest and most courageous bishops in North America: https://voiceofthesouthwest.org/cc059
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Reading and Teaching the Classics

Why are the classics of western civilization so important and why are we duty-bound to teach them to our children? These questions are considered in an essay of mine just published by the National Catholic Register:    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/teaching-our-children-the-classics