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

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 [...]

Which West Is Worth Saving?

By |2021-02-22T11:56:24-06:00February 21st, 2021|Categories: Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

Roland Freudenstein and I both claim to desire “the renaissance of the West,” but there is a world of difference and an eternity of distance between Mr. Freudenstein’s understanding of what constitutes “the West” and mine. I had the privilege and the pleasure of being a panelist during a public debate in Budapest on the [...]

The Three Pillars of the Resistance

By |2021-02-15T14:39:32-06:00February 15th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Senior Contributors|

There are three golden rules which need to be followed if we, as individuals, are to be effective in resisting the Plutocrat-Democrat monstrosity. The three rules are based on the two great commandments of Christ that we love the Lord our God and that we love our neighbour. Any resistance which is not founded on [...]

Death on Drum: Gerard Manley Hopkins & the Mystery of Suffering

By |2021-02-12T15:38:30-06:00February 12th, 2021|Categories: Death, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Poetry, Senior Contributors|

Prompted to compose his marvelous tour de force, “The Wreck of the Deutschland,” after reading the report of a shipwreck off the coast of England, the priest-poet Gerard Manley Hopkins gives one of the most profound and penetrating meditations on the mystery of suffering. The mystery of suffering, or the problem of pain as C.S. Lewis [...]

Christ Figures in “The Lord of the Rings”

By |2021-02-08T11:02:13-06:00February 8th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

In “The Lord of the Rings,” the One Ring and the One Sin are symbolic similitudes. As the One Ring is “unmade” on Mount Doom, so the One Sin is “unmade” on the hill of Golgotha, the place of the skull. Therefore, if the Ring is synonymous with sin in general and Original Sin in [...]

Ecumenical Truth Versus the Falsehoods of Ecumenism

By |2021-02-06T08:23:48-06:00February 6th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Joseph Pearce, Language, Religion, Senior Contributors, Theology, Truth|

The authentic definition of “ecumenical” has nothing to do with the modern understanding of “ecumenism,” which appears to be the willingness to dilute or delete doctrine in pursuit of a perceived unity among disparate groups of believers. Being ecumenical is being evangelical, whereas the new-fangled word ecumenism is the failure to evangelize. It is important [...]

The Gentle Genius of Thomas Howard

By |2021-01-29T12:01:09-06:00February 1st, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Imagination, Joseph Pearce, Philosophy, Senior Contributors|

Chivalrous and self-effacing in a completely genuine and unconscious way, Thomas Howard was a bona fide gentleman, in the old-fashioned sense of the word. He was a walking witness of all that is good and gracious in life, serving as a tacit reminder of goodness, truth, and beauty. Thomas Howard When Thomas Howard [...]

Chesterton and the Meaning of Education

By |2021-01-26T14:34:46-06:00January 26th, 2021|Categories: Christian Humanism, Education, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

The anti-religious spirit of modernity is so antagonistic to the idea of a unifying truth that it prefers a meaningless education to an education informed by the underlying meaning inherent in the truth-claims of religion or philosophy. And this, according to G.K. Chesterton, is not really education at all. “It is typical of our time,” [...]

Arguing With Dante and Milton

By |2021-01-24T16:11:49-06:00January 24th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Dante, Great Books, John Milton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

I disagree on certain points with two literary giants, Dante and John Milton. Though unworthy to follow in their literary footsteps, I feel nonetheless that even giants are fallible. Is it possible to argue without quarreling? G.K. Chesterton thought so and did so. He said of his relationship with his brother that they were always [...]

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 for [...]

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 Bethlehem. [...]

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