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 jpearce.co.

Teaching Dante

By |2021-04-07T11:37:17-05:00April 9th, 2021|Categories: Dante, Education, Great Books, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

Dante’s “Divine Comedy” is often taught poorly, if even taught at all. At the root of the problem is the tendency to remain trapped in hell, never venturing forth into purgatory and paradise. This is a consequence of the way that Dante has been taught for decades—indeed, for centuries. Lovers of the Great Books argue [...]

Craftsmanship Can Save the World: The American College of Building Arts

By |2021-03-28T21:14:53-05:00March 28th, 2021|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Joseph Pearce, Labor/Work, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

The American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) is unlike any college that I know. Indeed it is the only school in the entire country offering a four-year degree in traditional craftsmanship. “Along with pens, paper, books, and computers, students here learn with trowels, chisels, hammers, and anvils,” writes Logan Ward in Garden & Gun. [...]

Revisiting Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”

By |2021-03-24T16:44:11-05:00March 27th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Film, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

It is inadequate to describe Mel Gibson’s masterpiece, “The Passion of the Christ,” as a film; it is much more than that. It would be more accurate to describe it as a moving icon. It calls us to prayer and leads us to the contemplation that takes us into the presence of Christ Himself. It’s [...]

The Liberation of Auschwitz: Playing the Blame Game

By |2021-03-24T08:08:06-05:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: History, Joseph Pearce, Russia, Senior Contributors, War, World War II|

It is necessary for President Vladimir Putin to restore his previous and proper focus on what it means to be Russian in the twenty-first century. At the heart of this healthy focus is the absolute necessity of Russia separating herself psychologically from the Soviet Union. On January 27, 1945, advancing Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz concentration [...]

The Life and Legacy of John Henry Newman

By |2021-03-20T15:46:01-05:00March 20th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Theology|

John Henry Newman was born in 1801, at the beginning of a century that would see the rise of skepticism in matters of religion. Yet, simultaneously, it was a century which would see a real revival of religious orthodoxy. With respect to the latter, Newman himself might be seen as the most important and influential [...]

But Words Will Never Hurt Us?

By |2021-03-18T14:13:04-05:00March 18th, 2021|Categories: Joseph Pearce, Language, Senior Contributors|

We no longer speak the same language because we no longer know which language to speak. What is safe? What is acceptable? What might cause offence? What might get us “cancelled”? Several years ago, some Hispanic friends told me of a grimly humorous and yet possibly threatening incident on the Metro in Washington DC. They [...]

The Legacy of John Senior

By |2021-03-12T10:02:49-06:00March 11th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Education, Humanities, John Senior, Joseph Pearce, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors|

At the heart of John Senior’s vision for the humanities was a Thomistic understanding of the path of true perception. St. Thomas taught that humility opens the eyes of wonder, and that it is wonder that leads to contemplation and to the dilation of the mind and soul into the fullness of the presence of [...]

In the Beginning Are the Words: Language & Liberty

By |2021-03-05T16:27:42-06:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Joseph Pearce, Language, Liberal Learning, Literature, Senior Contributors|

Unlike the possession of many things, which may prove perilous to the mind and the soul, the possession of more words only makes us richer. The wealth that words bestow upon us is the power to better understand who we are and where we fit into the wider scheme of things: our purpose and our [...]

Can’t Read, Won’t Read: Shakespeare in the Public Schools

By |2021-03-03T12:58:24-06:00March 4th, 2021|Categories: Education, Great Books, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Senior Contributors, William Shakespeare|

One thing that is abundantly evident from the demands for the cancellation of Shakespeare in public schools is that none of those demanding his removal from the curriculum have been able to read or understand his work. Had they been able to do so, they would know that Shakespeare’s plays show us relevant, perennial truths. [...]

Betraying the Motherland With a Judas Kiss

By |2021-02-27T15:27:38-06:00February 27th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Ireland, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

After Ireland has fought for centuries to gain her national sovereignty, her sons have given it away all too cheaply, surrendering sovereignty to the European Union, an imperial power which is hostile to the Faith. The sons have not merely strayed away from their Mother but have betrayed her with a Judas kiss. “When I [...]

Airbrushing Out the Naughty Bits: Censoring the Great Books

By |2021-02-23T17:03:44-06:00February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Culture, Great Books, Joseph Pearce, Mark Twain, Senior Contributors|

New, sanitized editions of Mark Twain’s classic novel “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” airbrush out offensive or racist language. But should words that are offensive or potentially offensive to modern readers be removed from great books? Totalitarian regimes have certain traits in common, irrespective of whether they are considered “socialist,” “national socialist,” “fascist,” or “communist.” One [...]

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