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Enjoy the ponderings of the Star's contributors and add your own thoughts. As this section develops, we hope it may become a medium for an exchange of ideas among those who are working towards the cultural revival.

  • May 2nd, 2012Love, Shakespeare and Everything In Betweenby Kevin O'Brien

    What does love have to do with discipline?  What does discipline have to do with purity?  What does purity have to do with fruitfulness?

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  • May 2nd, 2012Everything I Learned about Theology and Economics I Learned from “Cracked”by Kevin O'Brien

    We live in a world where the most insightful and mature politicital commentary is in Cracked.

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  • May 1st, 2012We Are Now to be Protected Even From Our Freedom of Choiceby Dena Hunt

    We are now to be protected even from our freedom of choice.

    A new legislative push now aims to make it illegal for people to seek help in overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction. A “self-identified Catholic” in California has introduced legislation that would prohibit minors from seeking therapy even with parental consent, and would allow adults to do so only by signing an “informed consent” document stating that they “know” an attempt to change their homosexual orientation may result in depression and suicide, along with other dangerous side-effects.

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  • April 30th, 2012Interview with a Vikingby Jef Murray

    For those interested, a new interview with TheViking of Middle-earth News was just posted at the following website. Enjoy!

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  • April 27th, 2012C.S. Lewis on the Rational and the Mysticalby Joseph Pearce

    We must believe that there is no real conflict between the Rational and the Mystical: but in a given period now one, now the other, will be what the world actually needs to be reminded of - I mean the unbelieving world: and one or the other will usually be the bridge to faith.

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  • April 27th, 2012The Rights and Wrongs of Rantingby Joseph Pearce

    There's been an interesting discussion arising from my post "Voice and Voices in Shakespeare". I'd like particularly to draw attention to Kevin O'Brien's eloquent contribution to that discussion. I am, however, posting my own shorter contribution to the discussion, hoping it will serve as an appetizer leading people to the full discussion. Here it is:

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  • April 26th, 2012The Jesuit Presence in Romeo and Julietby Joseph Pearce

    I am currently teaching an on-line class on Romeo and Juliet for Homeschool Connections and received an e-mail from one of my students asking if there is a dialectical engagement with Elizabethan anti-Catholicism in the play. Here's my response to the student:

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  • April 26th, 2012Strindbergby Tom Kallene

    Being a Swede in "exile," the other day I visited the Swedish embassy to renew my passport.

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  • April 26th, 2012C.S. Lewis & Friendsby Joseph Pearce

    Admirers of C. S. Lewis might like to check out the forthcoming C. S. Lewis and The Inklings Society Conference at Taylor University. I had a great time as the keynote speaker at this conference a couple of years ago and can thoroughly recommend it. Here are the details:

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  • April 25th, 2012Voice and Voices in Shakespeareby Joseph Pearce

    I was intrigued to read the discussion in Kevin's post, "Winter's Tale to Fairy Tale", in which it was suggested that Shakespeare could not be a good Catholic because of his depiction of nihilism and despair in plays such as Macbeth and King Lear. Kevin's response to these suggestions is very good and I hope that people will take the time to visit this post to read what he he has to say.

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  • April 25th, 2012Shakespeare Lives!by Dena Hunt

    Father Z has outdone himself in this opening scene from “A Most Tragikal History of Obama I.”

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  • April 24th, 2012Holiness and Kingshipby Joseph Pearce

    Readers of The Lord of the Rings will be familiar with the combination of holiness and kingship in the characterization of Aragorn. Such characteristics are not, however, confined to the magical worlds of myth, legend and fairy tales. History is full of holy kings and queens. One thinks perhaps of St. Edward the Confessor or St. Elizabeth of Portugal, or "good King Wenceslaus" who famously "looked out on the feast of Stephen". Closer to our own time, we should remember Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary. My friend, Brendan King, has just forwarded me this short video tribute to the "prince of peace" who was beatified by John Paul II in 2004.

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  • April 23rd, 2012For England, Shakespeare, and Saint George!by Joseph Pearce

    On this feast day of the great St. George, I'd like to pay tribute to England's greatest writer. Isn't it astonishing that the great Bard of Avon was born and died on the feast day of England's patron saint? There was only one chance in 365 that he would be born on St. George's Day, and only one chance in 365 that he would die on St. George's Day.

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  • April 23rd, 2012A Prayer to Saint George on His Feast Dayby Joseph Pearce

    Today is the Feast of St. George, patron saint of England.  As an Englishman, this day is my national day, at least as significant to me as is the Fourth of July to Americans. As a Catholic, the day means much more to me than it did in the days when I was only an Englishman.

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  • April 23rd, 2012St. George’s Dayby Sophia Mason

    When I started blogging, I chose St. George as the sort of unofficial patron (after Chesterton) of my blog; it is his picture that appears on the blog's main page.  It's the earlier, more dramatic of Raphael's two stabs (pardon the pun) at painting St. George and the Dragon.  The latter one, the one that more commonly shows up on postcards and people's walls, looks like this:

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  • April 22nd, 2012The Syntax of Relationshipsby Dena Hunt

    There are patterns in syntax that are like x-rays of perception. What we say, both aloud and silently, reveals us by revealing how we perceive reality. We are never so naked as when we open our mouths to speak. Only someone who is both illiterate and mute is truly anonymous. 

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  • April 21st, 2012Learning Lines and Drawing the Lineby Kevin O'Brien

    My actress Maria Romine tells me she's really only learned about Acting since working with me, that the four years she spent at a small private liberal arts college majoring in Acting were a "complete waste of time".

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  • April 21st, 2012Winter’s Tale to Fairy Taleby Kevin O'Brien

    It is generally a good idea for a drama critic to see a play before he critiques it.

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  • April 19th, 2012Roots and Rightsby Dena Hunt

    Recently, I visited the website of a well-publicized authority on a certain subject. The subject happened to be the theme of a novel I was finishing, and since she has publicized herself as an authority, I knew she could provide a referential assistance I needed. This person posted her email address on her site and invited the visitor to contact her. I did. No response.

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  • April 17th, 2012Britain’s Biggest Ever Traitorby Joseph Pearce

    I must draw everyone's attention to a superb piece in yesterday's Daily Telegraph by Ed West, who will be familiar to visitors to this site as one of our constellation of bloggers. Apart from writing for StAR, Ed also writes regularly for the Telegraph and the Catholic Herald in the UK. In this piece he names and shames the person whom he believes is an enemy of Britain whose destructive legacy dwarfs the harm done to Britain by her more famous enemies. Read on and discover whom Ed believes is Britain's biggest ever enemy and why, me judice, the same person is one of the most shameful traitors and cowards that my country ever produced. Here's the link: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/edwest/100151080/who-was-britains-greatest-foe/

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