Are We Becoming a Nation of Gollums?

By |2020-08-03T16:26:42-05:00August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Evil, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Senior Contributors|

As we watch our culture succumb to the power of Pride, we are witnessing the “gollumizing” of our brothers and sisters, as they shrivel into pathetic wrecks of the people they are meant to be. The only escape from this hell is rooted in heavenly love. This week, I met a good friend of [...]

“Advent of the Eskaton”

By |2020-07-25T12:10:18-05:00July 25th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Evil, Imagination, Poetry|

‘You may say this to Théoden son of Thengel: open war lies before him, with Sauron or against him. None may live now as they have lived, and few shall keep what they call their own. —J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings ‘Ware, ‘ware! in the watches of the night; for the devil reigns in darkness [...]

“Bleak House” and Original Sin

By |2020-05-09T10:30:28-05:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Books, Charles Dickens, Christianity, Evil, Fiction, Imagination, Literature|

Charles Dickens’ Bleak House is considered by most contemporary critics to be his best novel and, although the postmodernist intellectual community should be navigated with caution, I am inclined to agree. It’s richly complex with an eclectic array of subplots, characters, and themes, and concludes with a bitter-sweet ending that is, unlike many contemporary [...]

Death and Deception: “Longford” and “Dead Man Walking”

By |2019-12-10T15:49:19-06:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Culture, Death, Dwight Longenecker, Evil, Film, Justice|

While the films “Longford” and “Dead Man Walking” are ostensibly about the death penalty, the real value of both films is their profound exploration of the depth of human evil. On June 7, 1998 a Texan, John William King, along with friends Shawn Berry and Lawrence Brewer, killed African American James Byrd. They beat [...]

Kind Hearts, Deadly Sins, and How Movies Become Classics

By |2019-11-19T17:25:22-06:00January 18th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Evil, Film, Virtue|

The directors of the films Kind Hearts and Coronets and Se7en make use of the seven deadly sins and the parallel order that opposes them, which are the seven holy virtues: chastity, diligence, temperance, kindness, humility, patience, and charity... Earlier in the film Kind Hearts and Coronets (Ealing Studios, 1949), as the protagonist Louis Mazzini [...]

“Othello” and the Devil Inside

By |2018-11-17T22:38:30-06:00November 17th, 2018|Categories: Books, Character, Ethics, Evil, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Literature, Tragedy, Virtue, William Shakespeare|

In Othello, William Shakespeare, the philosopher of everyday life, holds up a mirror to us and shows us what human beings are capable of. Beneath our most pleasantly cultivated exterior, there often lurks a serpent… William Hazlitt is widely recognized as one of the greatest of Shakespearean critics. Yes, there is Dr. Johnson; yes, [...]

My Innocent Daughters and Our Modern Judases

By |2018-09-19T15:20:05-05:00September 15th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Evil|

When Theodore McCarrick was spooning and fondling seminarians, quite obviously he did not consider how far his enormities would reverberate. At the General Judgement, he will be shown how far his despicable actions have reverberated through society and how they harmed the lives of people he has never met. At the General Judgement, he will know, [...]

Conscience in Montaigne’s “Essays” & Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”

By |2018-08-23T10:33:20-05:00August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Ethics, Evil, Mitchell Kalpakgian, Morality, William Shakespeare|

Despite the number of times the witches repeat “Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” Macbeth testifies to the objectivity of natural law and universal knowledge of good and evil known to conscience and written on the heart and mind of all persons... In the culture of sixteenth-century Europe that witnessed revolutions in geography with old [...]

“A Bloody Habit”: The Story of a Vampire-Slaying Priest

By |2018-08-11T22:19:29-05:00August 11th, 2018|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Dwight Longenecker, Evil, Fiction|

Where are the Flannery O’Connors and Evelyn Waughs of our day, who can be witty about wickedness and plant their theology in the thicket of character, the turns of a plot, and the twist of a knife? Where are the writers who can be both entertaining and enlightening? A Bloody Habit by Eleanor Bourg [...]

Satan & the Art of Darkness

By |2018-08-11T18:12:24-05:00August 11th, 2018|Categories: Art, Culture, Evil, Joseph Pearce, Literature|

Is there a difference between evil art and evil in art? Or, to put the matter differently, is there a difference between the dark arts and the art of darkness? As soon as we begin to ponder the relationship between evil and the arts we find ourselves in the realm of paradox. If God [...]

The Nothingness of Hell and the Grandeur of Heaven

By |2017-07-12T12:22:08-05:00July 12th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Evil, Heaven, Theology, Wisdom|

“All Hell is smaller than one pebble of your earthly world: but it is smaller than one atom of this world, the Real World. Look at yon butterfly. If it swallowed all Hell, Hell would not be big enough to do it any harm or to have any taste”… Editor’s Note: In The Great Divorce C.S. Lewis writes [...]

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 [...]

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