Joseph Pearce

About Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce is Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative. A native of England, Mr. Pearce is Director of Book Publishing at the Augustine Institute, editor of the St. Austin Review, and series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions. He is the author of numerous books, which include The Quest for ShakespeareTolkien: Man and Myth The Unmasking of Oscar WildeC. S. Lewis and The Catholic ChurchLiterary ConvertsWisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. ChestertonSolzhenitsyn: A Soul in ExileOld Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, and Further Up & Further In: Understanding Narnia. Visit his personal website at

Which Way Is Heaven?

By |2021-01-18T10:13:01-06:00January 17th, 2021|Categories: Heaven, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

Which way is heaven? For those of us who are keen to get there, this is an important question; indeed, a crucial one. Do we look up at the twinkling stars, wondering what they are in childlike contemplation? Is this assent to the innocence of wonder the ascent to heaven, or the necessary prerequisite [...]

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas: Belloc & Eliot on Twelfth Night & Epiphany

By |2021-01-05T12:21:37-06:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Poetry, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot|

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas two of my great loves sent to me a couple of great meditations on the mystery of the Nativity. The first and better-known meditation is by T.S. Eliot, whose “Journey of the Magi” places the poet in the entourage of the Three Wise Men as they journey to [...]

Some Covidious Thoughts for the New Year

By |2020-12-31T11:27:57-06:00January 1st, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

As we begin this covidious New Year, we should ponder certain questions with great care: Is “staying safe” really so important that we embrace slavery? If it is really a choice between safety or serfdom, which should we choose? Generally speaking, I have avoided commenting publicly on the current pandemic and the political and cultural [...]

History and the Holy Family

By |2020-12-26T09:49:26-06:00December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, History, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Uncategorized|

Our destiny is not ultimate non-existence via the grave but an everlasting existence beyond the grave. The birth of Christ is the death of Death. The Incarnation was at the centre of history and was also its end. This is the Good News of the Gospel that we celebrate at Christmas. There are three [...]

A Friend and Faithful Servant of C.S. Lewis: Memories of Walter Hooper

By |2020-12-11T14:28:00-06:00December 14th, 2020|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

Having passed away recently, Lewis scholar Walter Hooper will be missed, but we can well believe that he is now once more with C.S. Lewis, whom he had served most faithfully for so many years, in a place in which it is never winter but always Christmas. With the passing of Walter Hooper on [...]

Hobbit-Sized Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2020-12-08T09:11:12-06:00December 7th, 2020|Categories: Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

As the global elites and their socialist dupes endeavor to envelop us in a world dominated by the unholy alliance of Big Government and Big Business, I am dreaming of a hobbit-sized Christmas, just like the ones we used to know, or, in any event, just like the ones our forefathers knew. Nor is [...]

Globalitarianism: Goliath vs. the People

By |2020-11-22T16:09:31-06:00November 22nd, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Senior Contributors|

The unequal clash between Big Power and the little man sounds daunting, but empires come and go. Goliaths are slain. Or more often they kill themselves through their own inherent unsustainability. All that we need to do is resist evil by living virtuously. This last election has been about Goliath versus the People, and [...]

“Othello” in a Nutshell

By |2020-11-17T11:07:35-06:00November 16th, 2020|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Great Books, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, William Shakespeare|

In his tragedy “Othello,” Shakespeare censures the age in which King James I renewed the persecution of Catholics in England, with a tale of darkness, told with the doom-laden and crushing weight of the playwright’s own heavy heart. Othello is the first of a triumvirate of tragedies written by Shakespeare during a particularly dark [...]

The Arrogant Imperialism of the European Union

By |2020-10-19T15:57:41-05:00October 19th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Europe, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Senior Contributors|

There is no real difference between conservative and liberal imperialism in terms of the pride which animates it and the presumption which expects primitive cultures “to submit without protest” to those who are their “enlightened” betters. It’s not about right and left but about right and wrong—and imperialism, in whatever political guise, is wrong. [...]

In Praise of Newman on the Anniversary of His Canonization

By |2020-10-13T09:29:41-05:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Joseph Pearce, Sainthood, Senior Contributors, St. John Henry Newman|

Apart from his literary influence, John Henry Newman’s stature as a theologian is inestimable and his contribution to the fields of philosophy and history are not inconsiderable. And, above all, he was a man whose holiness has touched millions. It is for this reason that he was canonized and it is for this reason, [...]

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