Jeffrey Epstein & the Hideous Strength of Transhumanism

By |2021-05-03T16:10:23-05:00May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Culture, Evil, Joseph Pearce, Philosophy, Senior Contributors|

Most of Jeffrey Epstein’s so-called “philanthropy” was directed to the financing and promotion of transhumanism. At the prideful heart of this movement is a disdain for all that is authentically human and a sordid desire to replace human frailty with superhuman or transhuman strength. The sordid life of Jeffrey Epstein serves to highlight the decadence [...]

Saving the Classics From Cancel Culture

By |2021-04-14T11:06:42-05:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Civilization, Classics, Culture, Great Books, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Senior Contributors|

Joseph Pearce, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, is interviewed by Paul Senz. Paul Senz: What prompted you and Ignatius Press to produce the series of Ignatius Critical Editions? Joseph Pearce: As someone who has taught undergraduate students for many years, I am well aware of the hijacking of the study of literature by [...]

Sex, Nonsense, and Shakespeare

By |2021-04-22T10:01:14-05:00April 16th, 2021|Categories: Great Books, Homosexual Unions, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Sexuality, William Shakespeare|

Any attempt to mould Shakespeare into the image of what Evelyn Waugh called “our own deplorable epoch” is ridiculously absurd, and “queer theorists” who seek to do so should not be taken seriously as scholars or critics. If these critics were able to empathise with the past, they would see Shakespeare’s sonnets as they truly [...]

The Loving Society versus Rocket Science

By |2021-04-14T16:43:02-05:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Civil Society, Community, Joseph Pearce, Love, Senior Contributors|

Love, as the foundational principle of a loving society, is analogous to the arithmetic which forms the foundations of rocket science. Today, however, we live in a society that does not know the basic laws of love. Our society must once again learn to love, turning its back on pride, or it will destroy itself [...]

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 |2021-04-27T21:39:15-05:00March 28th, 2021|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Joseph Pearce, Labor/Work, Senior Contributors, Timeless Essays|

All lovers of beauty and tradition will rejoice at the emergence of the American College of the Building Arts and will hope that it is the first of many such schools to be established in the future. It is radical in the best sense of the word, insofar as it is rooted in the heritage of [...]

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 [...]

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