A Good Woman is Hard to Find: The “Racism” of Flannery O’Connor

By |2020-07-05T13:00:59-05:00July 5th, 2020|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Fiction, Flannery O'Connor, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Some previously unpublished letters and postcards, only made available to scholars since 2014, reveal that Flannery O’Connor used “inexcusable racial slurs” in private correspondence. What, therefore, are we to make of this revelation of racism, however mitigated it might be by other factors, and how should it impact our reading and reception of O’Connor’s [...]

Hungary Resists the Globalist Marxist Alliance

By |2020-06-28T19:55:47-05:00June 28th, 2020|Categories: Europe, Family, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Senior Contributors|

As the globalist agenda, pursued by an unholy alliance of super-rich plutocrats and their Marxist dupes, continues to unravel, it is likely that Hungary and its healthy response to cultural suicide might be destined to have the last laugh. Amid the madness and hysteria besieging the United States and many countries in western Europe, [...]

Music in a Time of Terror

By |2020-06-19T14:07:23-05:00June 21st, 2020|Categories: Culture, Joseph Pearce, Music, Politics, Senior Contributors|

At eminent universities, Europhobic cultural Marxism is taught to succeeding generations of music majors, prejudicing each generation against the canon of great music that Europe has produced, not because it is bad or lacking in beauty but simply because it is deemed politically incorrect for no other reason but that anything European must be [...]

Fake or Fact: Discovering the Sources of Truth

By |2020-06-14T17:14:37-05:00June 14th, 2020|Categories: Joseph Pearce, Reason, Relativism, Senior Contributors, Truth|

Examples of the manipulation and misreading of sources illustrate the need to be diligent and disciplined in our reading of the alleged “facts.” A failure in such diligence and discipline will make us believers in propaganda and, which is worse, unconscious disseminators of such propaganda. The only way of standing on the firm ground [...]

Apostles to the Skeptic: C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church

By |2020-06-08T13:37:56-05:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Books, C.S. Lewis, Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Joseph Pearce|

Joseph Pearce’s “C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church” presents a compelling case in suggesting that its subject evolved “into a very Catholic sort of Protestant.” Though C.S. Lewis never became a Roman Catholic, his later works betray a growing affinity for Catholic teaching. C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, by Joseph Pearce (220 [...]

Arguing With George Orwell

By |2020-06-04T16:29:28-05:00June 4th, 2020|Categories: George Orwell, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Nationalism, Patriotism, Politics, Senior Contributors|

A nationalist, as defined by George Orwell, seeks to acquire more power and prestige for any “other unit,” apart from the nation, in which he has chosen to sink his identity. According to this definition of nationalism, almost every politician of whatever ideological ilk, is a “nationalist,” even those who despise their own nation. [...]

Questioning Chesterton’s Own Judgment of “The Man Who Was Thursday”

By |2020-05-28T15:29:37-05:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Fiction, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Senior Contributors|

The paradoxical heart of G.K. Chesterton’s “The Man Who Was Thursday” is the tension that exists between the childlikeness demanded by Christ and the childishness that St. Paul tells us to avoid. The first is the wisdom of innocence, or the sanity of sanctity, whereby we see the miracle of life with eyes full [...]

Toxic Patriotism

By |2020-05-27T17:45:45-05:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: Joseph Pearce, Nationalism, Patriotism, Senior Contributors|

Toxic patriotism is an enemy of authentic nationalism because it plays into the hands of globalist internationalism. It led to both World Wars and to the rise of the Nazis and, in consequence, to the reconfiguration of the post-war world in accordance with globalist principles. The mark of the toxic patriot is evident in [...]

The Mighty Nine: Reflections on Beethoven’s Symphonies

By |2020-07-05T18:42:48-05:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: Andrew Balio, Beethoven 250, Joseph Pearce, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mark Malvasi, Michael De Sapio, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|Tags: , , , |

Please enjoy this symposium on the nine symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, with contributions from our distinguished panel, including composer Michael Kurek and Principal Trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Balio. Clicking on the CD cover art next to each symphony will guide you to a listening recommendation on Spotify; at the bottom of [...]

Confronting the Heart of Darkness

By |2020-05-25T11:20:22-05:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Books, Christian Living, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Imagination, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Religion, Senior Contributors, War|

Immortal Combat: Confronting the Heart of Darkness, by Dwight Longenecker (160 pages, Sophia Institute Press, 2020) It was, I believe, C.S. Lewis who said, speaking of the mediaeval mind and culture, that “the very air was thick with angels.” If, however, angels are real and not merely figments of the imagination, mediaeval or otherwise, [...]

Arguing with T.S. Eliot

By |2020-05-11T09:54:15-05:00May 11th, 2020|Categories: Joseph Pearce, Literature, Poetry, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot|

T.S. Eliot once claimed, “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.” But as a friend and admirer of Eliot, I must disagree. One of my favourite quotes by G.K. Chesterton is his quip that he and his brother [...]

After the Virus: The Deluge?

By |2020-05-03T17:28:35-05:00May 3rd, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Freedom, Government, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Senior Contributors|

We need to see beyond the myopia of the current crisis to its long-term consequences. What awaits us when the pestilence passes? What sort of world will we be living in? Will the lessons learned lead to the restoration of lost liberties, or will we find that the freedoms we relinquished in this time [...]

The Music of the North

By |2020-04-29T00:04:10-05:00April 28th, 2020|Categories: Joseph Pearce, Music, Senior Contributors|

When we think of the great classical composers, our mind does not tend to wander too far north. But in addition to the works of Sibelius, Grieg, and Pärt, much great music was composed in the frozen North during the past century that has been unjustly neglected. When we think of classical music, we are [...]

Antony and Eros: A Suicide Pact

By |2020-04-21T09:45:10-05:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Imagination, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Love, Modernity, Morality, Senior Contributors, Virtue, William Shakespeare|

There are none so blind as those who can only see themselves. This is the tragedy of narcissism or what the psychologist Paul Vitz has called selfism. The modern narcissist no longer looks at himself in a pool of water, or even in the mirror; he sees himself in countless selfies, the icons of [...]