Tolkien, Lewis, and Weapons of Mass Destruction

By |2017-11-19T21:08:24-05:00November 19th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, History, Imagination, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Literature, World War I|

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien fought to defend Faith and Family from attacks upon them by modern-day dragons, but they would not wield the power of the Deplorable Word, nor the power of the Ring, to destroy their enemies, simultaneously destroying the lives of innocent victims in the process… In “Litany of the Lost,” [...]

The Return of Christian Humanism

By |2019-04-02T15:08:15-05:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Communio, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature, Pope Benedict XVI, T.S. Eliot|Tags: , |

Even when addressing non-Christians, Christian humanism’s willing receptiveness of the supernatural opens itself to the truths of revelation and of the human religious experience, allowing it to speak intimately and truthfully to the whole person… The Return of Christian Humanism: Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the Romance of History by Lee Oser (University of Missouri [...]

Should We Choose the “Boromir Option”?

By |2017-07-14T15:38:19-05:00July 9th, 2017|Categories: Civilization, Ethics, Evil, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, National Security, Senior Contributors, Terrorism|

The so-called Boromir Option raises the question as to whether it is ever permissible to use evil means in pursuit of a good end… In a recent essay for the Imaginative Conservative I wrote about what I called the Mercutio Option, based on the character in Romeo & Juliet who cursed both the warring [...]

Tolkien’s Tea Club

By |2018-12-26T14:48:26-05:00July 7th, 2017|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Friendship, Imagination, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature|

Through the Tea Club he formed with his young classmates, J.R.R. Tolkien felt his first comradery among friends dedicated to something higher than themselves… Long before Tolkien began his own personal mythology, he had already lived a rather full life. Joy as well as tragedy had filled it. His father had passed away while [...]

Nostalgia for the Future: Antiquity & Eternity

By |2018-03-03T07:39:50-05:00July 6th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Conservatism, England, Featured, History, Imagination, J.R.R. Tolkien, Oxford University, Time, Wyoming Catholic College|

The experience of nostalgia is a feeling of beauty’s remoteness, but only because it is so far in the future. It is hope… I went for a long walk in Oxford the other night. The city, of course, is always enchanting, but in early summer and at night, it is so the most. When [...]

How Coherent Were the Inklings?

By |2019-01-07T13:56:29-05:00June 30th, 2017|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Featured, Inklings, J.R.R. Tolkien|

Religion shaped the Inklings as much or even more than did whatever generational zeitgeist one might want to attribute to the group… Though not the best-known Inkling, Adam Fox had the privilege of being the first of the group to arrive in this world. Through no choice of his own, he appeared on July [...]

Rooted Clarity & Childlike Wisdom

By |2019-01-22T11:45:58-05:00June 23rd, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Wisdom|

Taken together, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and G.K. Chesterton might not be a holy trinity but they are certainly a holy triumvirate enabling us to see the world with rooted clarity and childlike wisdom… One of the most interesting and spontaneously thought-provoking questions that I’ve ever been asked in an interview was asked by [...]

The Importance of Chesterton, Tolkien, & Lewis

By |2017-05-31T22:26:21-05:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Catholicism, Christianity, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

G.K. Chesterton had a profound impact on the visions of both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, so much so that he could be said to have baptized their imaginations… Editor’s Note: Joseph Pearce recently granted the following interview to The Whetstone, a student newspaper of Montreal College, North Carolina. What do you see as your role, your calling, [...]

Wonder and Wickedness: The Anatomy of Good and Evil

By |2019-03-07T10:25:41-05:00March 24th, 2017|Categories: Ethics, Faith, Friedrich Nietzsche, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Virtue|

The way of humility leads, via the rolling road of wonder, to the heaven-haven of the reward. The way of pride leads, via the thorny path of prejudice, to a hell of one’s own devising... “For I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!” In Tolkien’s magnum opus, The Lord of the [...]

The Best of Tolkien

By |2017-01-20T23:07:56-05:00January 7th, 2017|Categories: Books, Featured, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce|

For some time I’ve had the intention of drawing up a list of what I consider to be the best books on J.R.R. Tolkien. It is, therefore, not a list of the best books by him but the best books about him. That said, I can’t help but begin by giving The Letters of [...]

C.S. Lewis & Friends

By |2016-10-25T23:39:06-05:00October 25th, 2016|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Friendship, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Literature|

Friendship, or philia, is one of the “loves” that C.S. Lewis elucidates and celebrates in his book, The Four Loves, the others being familial love (storge), sexual love (eros) and Divine love (caritas or agape). Although not the greatest or highest of the loves, Lewis saw friendship as the noble coming together of those [...]