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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.

  • March 22nd, 2012On the Road Again (and Again)by Kevin O'Brien

    Here's just a peek into the blessed life we lead while on the road for the Theater of the Word Incorporated.

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  • March 22nd, 2012Philosophy and The Invisible Thingsby Sophia Mason

    I realize, of course, that Tom R. has resigned from The Great Philosophy Debate, and that everyone else is quite possibly tired of it by now.  That said, I started working on this post yesterday morning (!)—it will become very shortly clear why it took me so long—and I think, for anyone who has the inclination to wade through it all, it may serve to clarify some outstanding points in the conversation.

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  • March 22nd, 2012Some Serious Thoughts on the Pope and the Archbishopby Joseph Pearce

    Following my whimsical, not to say preposterous "tall tale", just posted, I thought I should add a little gravity to the situaiton by quoting the words of an English friend who is much more informed about these things than I:

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  • March 22nd, 2012The Canterbury Conspiracy (A Tall Tale)by Joseph Pearce

    On March 10, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, had a private audience with the Pope at the Vatican.
    On March 17, we read the announcement of Williams' decision to resign his position as head of the Anglican Church.

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  • March 22nd, 2012And now for a little pedantry …by Dena Hunt

    …because I saw it again this morning on a reputable Catholic website, and because recent dialogue here aroused the pedantic grammarian in me (always aroused when challenged and never dormant for long, anyway):

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  • March 22nd, 2012The Authority of Augustine and Aquinasby Joseph Pearce

    The debate continues over on Dena's post, "Further Ado on Joseph's Joke". Here's my latest contribution to the fray:

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  • March 21st, 2012The Witty Atheist and his Lessons on Idolatryby Kevin O'Brien

    The great lyricist of Tin Pan Alley, Yip Harburg , was that odd thing - a witty atheist.

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  • March 21st, 2012What is Truth? The Great Debate Continuesby Joseph Pearce

    The great debate on truth and how to get to it continues. Ever since my original "joke" a few weeks ago, the battle's been raging. At present the battle is being fought on Dena's post "Further Ado on Joseph's Joke". Here's my latest riposte in the ongoing duel ...

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  • March 21st, 2012A Jewish Defender of the Faithby Joseph Pearce

    I'm presently in the midst of trying to finish a half-written book by the end of April (prayers appreciated!) and, in consequence, I'm finding it a little difficult to find time to write for this site. In the absence of anything new and original on my own part, I thought I'd post this powerful defence of the Catholic faith by a Jewish businessman. It was send to me in an e-mail with no source, so please forgive the sin of omission:

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  • March 21st, 2012Chesterton Country #2by Joseph Pearce

    As a follow-up to my earlier post, here's another classic country song, which is as Chestertonian and distributist as anything written by Chesterton on distributism.

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  • March 19th, 2012Quid Est Veritasby Joseph Pearce

    We really have an exciting debate about the nature and meaning of truth running across several posts, begining with my post "The Joke's On You". The debate seems to have leapt to Dena's post, "Further Ado on Joseph's Joke". I refer you to the several comments appended to that post. Here's my response to Tom R's comment.

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  • March 19th, 2012A New Pro-Life Movieby Joseph Pearce

    I've just heard news of a pro-life movie, just released in selected cinemas in the South. I've correpsonded with the film's producer and have seen the trailer. I haven't seen the film so can't make any further comment. Check it out.

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  • March 18th, 2012Tolkien’s Catholic Worldviewby Kevin O'Brien

    This is a scene from Tolkien's Catholic Worldview, hosted by Joseph Pearce and featuring Yours Truly as J.R.R. Tolkien and Theater of the Word Actor Al Marsh as C.S. Lewis.

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  • March 17th, 2012Further Ado on Joseph’s Jokeby Dena Hunt

    Joseph’s post The Joke’s On You, March 7, and all the commentary that followed inspires me to add my own 1 ½ cents to the discussion of “why” questions, the meaning of the word, the examples in which the why-question (ungrammatically) appears, and which disciplines/professions are likely to answer why questions in which ways. First, let’s put “why” in context (text removed from context becomes pretext, remember?) The context of any word is syntax, but the context of any syntax is rhetoric.

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  • March 16th, 2012The Catholic Ghetto Explainedby Kevin O'Brien

    Here's a link to an article my friend Kevin Fraser sent me. I have been on the road and have just gotten around to reading it. It's about the media and the Catholic Ghetto. It's quite good. Some highlights ...

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  • March 16th, 2012Chesterton Countryby Joseph Pearce

    Since moving to South Carolina I've grown quite fond of country music. It's sort of compulsory in this part of the world, even for an Englishman in exile. Part of the reason that I'm a willing convert to country music is the extent to which much of it is very Chestertonian. Yes, as counter-intuitive as it might seem, country music and Chesterton go together like a horse and carriage, or, more to the point, like three acres and a cow. Put simply, the best country music is thoroughly distributist or subsidiarist.

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  • March 16th, 2012Faith in a Very Small Placeby Tom Kallene

    Most critics consider Bernard Fall’s book on the decisive French defeat at the battle of Dien Bien Phu the best that we have. It describes in detail the bloody event that ended France’s imperial adventure in Indochina and set the scene for American involvement in Vietnam. What made me notice it in a bookshop all those years ago was its title, "Hell in a Very Small Place."

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  • March 15th, 2012The New Coolby Jef Murray

    "Do you think that being Catholic is bad, boring, for losers? Well, think again..."

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  • March 15th, 2012When is a Scientist not a Scientist?by Joseph Pearce

    My po-faced post, "The Joke's On You" (March 7th, 2012), has elecited several po-faced responses from those who presumed that I was somehow belittling science. I was, in fact, doing nothing of the sort. I was merely clarifying the limitations of the scientific method.

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  • March 15th, 2012The Lord or the World?by Joseph Pearce

    Daniel McInerny has written powerfully and evocatively on the connection between R. H. Benson's dystopian novel, The Lord of the World, and the timely lessons that it teaches about secular fundamentalism in general and Obama's HHS Mandate in particular. Here are McInerny's incisive insights:

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