C.S. Lewis & the Art of Disagreement

By |2020-02-07T02:50:45-06:00December 15th, 2016|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Classical Education, England, History, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Literature, Oxford University|

C.S. Lewis would not allow disagreement to become personal. He could always distinguish the man from the man’s opinion, and he knew the difference between an argument and a quarrel. Truth was ultimately at stake, and truth mattered to him… As a fellow of one of the colleges at the University of Oxford, I [...]

Belloc versus Tolkien: Two Views of Anglo-Saxon England

By |2019-03-11T14:09:06-05:00October 13th, 2016|Categories: Dante, England, Hilaire Belloc, History, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce|

Editor’s Note: Joseph Pearce has written this article to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, which falls on this day. Picture the scene. An expectant audience, which includes the great Catholic writer, J.R.R. Tolkien, awaits the arrival of another great Catholic writer, Hilaire Belloc, the latter of whom has been invited by [...]

Has Great Britain Decided to Go It Alone in the World?

By |2020-01-28T12:56:27-06:00October 12th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, England, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Politics|

I should like to take it upon myself to explode some of the more ridiculous notions now in circulation in the mainstream press on the subject of Europe and provide for readers a clearer picture of the continent and a sober analysis of its plight. Beyond the simple utility of establishing a realistic political [...]

Robert Southwell: Poet, Priest, Martyr

By |2019-09-28T09:50:25-05:00September 28th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, England, Joseph Pearce, Poetry, Sainthood, StAR|

Modern England is so secular in her orientation and so narcissistic in her hedonism that she treats her own heritage with scornful and supercilious neglect. This was made painfully clear to me this January when I returned to my native land to film a documentary on the great Catholic poet, Francis Thompson. Described by [...]

Is “Downton Abbey” a Fairytale?

By |2016-08-13T22:23:43-05:00August 13th, 2016|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, England, J.R.R. Tolkien, Myth, Senior Contributors, Television, World War I|

The roaring success of the English television drama Downton Abbey had little to do with the grand house, the sumptuous costumes, the superb cast and intricately intriguing storyline. Having just finished watching the final season, it occurred to me that the series’s success has everything to do with fairytales. […]

Did Social Media Dumb Down Brexit?

By |2016-07-07T22:41:14-05:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, England, Europe, Politics, Senior Contributors|

If Marshall McLuhan were around today to comment on the results of Britain’s referendum about whether to “Remain” or to “Leave” the European Union, no doubt he would offer comments that would be surprising and puzzling. Nevertheless, it is the unexpected quality of McLuhan’s probing remarks (he himself liked to designate his aphorisms with [...]

Does the Tudor Terror Live On?

By |2019-09-28T09:50:29-05:00July 6th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Culture War, England, Featured, History, Joseph Pearce, Protestant Reformation, Religion, Senior Contributors, StAR|

One of the biggest mistakes that a student of history can make is to confuse the so-called English “Reformation” with its namesake on the continent. Whereas the Protestant Reformation in Europe was animated by the genuine theological differences that separated those who followed Luther or Calvin from those who accepted the apostolic and ecclesial [...]

The Legacy of John Henry Newman

By |2019-10-30T15:17:16-05:00July 1st, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, England, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, St. John Henry Newman|

In September 2010, I was honoured to be invited to join Raymond Arroyo and Father Robert Sirico as an official commentator on EWTN’s live coverage of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain. It was, indeed, a joy and a privilege to follow the Pope as he visited venues in London which resonated with [...]

Tolkien & Anglo-Saxon England: Protectors of Christendom

By |2019-10-23T16:04:22-05:00March 29th, 2016|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christendom, Christian Humanism, England, Essential, History, J.R.R. Tolkien, Myth, StAR|

J.R.R. Tolkien’s love of the Anglo-Saxon language and culture is legendary among both Tolkien scholars and aficionados, as is his hatred of all things French. His biographer, Humphrey Carpenter, wrote that he suffered from “Gallophobia.”[1] His student and friend, George Sayer, commented that when Tolkien stayed with him and his wife, he very politely [...]

Hiding in Priest Holes: Persecutions Past & Future

By |2017-10-31T13:17:20-05:00March 5th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, England, History, Protestant Reformation|

If you visit Oxburgh Hall in England you can tour one of the ancient country houses occupied without break since 1482 by one of the most venerable Catholic families in England. Last summer, while leading a pilgrimage to England with Joseph Pearce, we visited the hall and not only met Sir Henry Bedingfeld—the current [...]

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