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The Satanic Presence in Middle-earth

What are the parallels between descriptions of Satan in the Bible and the demonic presence in Middle-earth. All is revealed: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/04/18-the-satanic-presence-in-middle-earth
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Sol Pais and the Marketplace of Alienation

Sol Pais, the 18-year-old high school senior from Miami who led police in Colorado on a 24-hour manhunt, fearing that she would mark the twentieth anniversary of Columbine by shooting kids with a gun she had purchased, is dead, a victim of suicide.   USA Today linked to her blog.  It is filled with journal entries like this … JANUARY 15, 2019 lately it feels like time has been moving faster than usual. or better…
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Nurture Nature, Neglect Your Lawn

It’s not often that we can look to the New York Times for good, interesting and healthy content. This article is a notable exception: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/15/opinion/nature-lawns-environment.html
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Facebook Fascism

Does Facebook’s war on dissident voices constitute the slippery slope to tyranny? https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/04/facebook-fascism-slippery-slope-tyranny-joseph-pearce.html
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Erwin Panofsky’s Gothic Architecture

In December, 1948, at Pennsylvania’s Saint Vincent College, Erwin Panofsky delivered the second annual Wimmer Lecture.  Founded in the first half of the nineteenth century, the college was run by Benedictine monks, and the lecture series honored the memory of the founder abbot of Saint Vincent, Boniface Wimmer. As he addressed students and monks and others, Panofsky’s topic, combining the architectural and philosophical fields, was “Gothic Architecture and Scholasticism.”  As Norman F. Cantor put it…
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Benedict and the Repair of the Vineyard

  I have been waiting seventeen years for this.   Since the sex scandal in the Church became a major issue in 2002, no bishop or pope has addressed the situation with candor, and no bishop or pope has looked at the underlying issues.     Until now.   “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI has written an essay which was published this week, “The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse”.  The general reaction to this…
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New to the Inner Sanctum

The Inner Sanctum of my personal website (jpearce.co) now has over five months of exclusive content, available to donor-supporters of my work. New exclusive content is posted every week. Each week a new lecture in a 45-part lecture series on Tolkien and Lewis is released. There is exclusive access to the rough-cut of a future Tolkien documentary. I share my personal e-mail replies to those who have written to me asking questions. I have given…
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G. K. Chesterton and the Renewal of Education

There are so many things for which we should be grateful for the legacy of G. K. Chesterton, not least of which is the renewal of Catholic education: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/g.k.-chesterton-and-the-renewal-of-catholic-education
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Man and Beast and Marlin Perkins

“But now,” declared Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, “we have to prove the connection between the man and the beast.”  Holmes referred, of course, to connecting a hound and a man, but his statement also sums up a general human fascination with finding mythical beings.  In particular, humans have a yearning to find long-lost humans, or what they hope are humans, and so they go on quests for creatures such as Bigfoot…
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Is This the Greatest Novel Ever Written?

The Imaginative Conservative has published the chapter on Manzoni from my forthcoming book, Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know. https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/04/betrothed-greatest-novel-ever-written-joseph-pearce.html