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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 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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  • March 14th, 2012“Verily, I Say Unto You . . .”by Dena Hunt

    Campus Notes, the blog of the Cardinal Newman Society, reports that philosophy professor Gary Gutting of Notre Dame told a reporter from the New York Times that contraception is no longer immoral in the authoritative teaching of the Catholic Church because Catholics don’t believe it is immoral.

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  • March 14th, 2012The Death of Bookstoresby Abigail C. Reimel

    Nook. Kindle. E-reader. These electronic devices go by many names, but they all serve the same purpose: to take yet another piece of this beautiful world and turn it into an electronic. Do not get me wrong, this article does not intend to condemn all electronics—or even to say that these e-readers do not have any positive aspects—for all things can be used for good or evil, depending on how they are handled. Nevertheless, the increasing popularity of these gadgets signifies the modern world’s readiness to turn charming pastimes into electronic applications.

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  • March 14th, 2012The European Union’s Global Grasp of Deathby Joseph Pearce

    The European Union's pernicious influence includes the promotion of infanticide on a global scale. This horrific fact was outlined in a recent release by European Dignity Watch. Here are the details:

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  • March 13th, 2012Secular Fundamentalist Intolerance in Englandby Joseph Pearce

    In the same week in which Britain's so-called "conservative" government defied Catholic objections to oxymoronic "gay marriage", the same government is seeking to persecture Christians who wear crosses or crucifixes at work. As my homeland sinks into the quagmire of barbarism and the quicksand of the culture of death, I thank God that I am living in exile. Here's the link to this latest example of conservative betrayal.

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  • March 13th, 2012Belloc Bloggingby Joseph Pearce

    Visitors to this site will probably be pleased to know of a new blog dedicated to all things Bellocian. Check it out.

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  • March 12th, 2012A Call for Cafeteria Catholics to Leave the Churchby Joseph Pearce

    An open letter to "nominal" and "liberal" Catholics on the Freedom from Religion website calls for Cafeteria Catholics to quit the Church. Leaving aside the author's radically liberal agenda and her misconceptions and distortions about the Catholic Church, I hope that this call for Cafeteria Catholics to leave the Church proves successful. I agree with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict, who understands that the Church needs to be purified in order to fight secular fundamentalism more successfully. If so-called Catholics cherish their heresy more than their desire to be in communion and obedience with the Mystical Body of Christ, they should have the courage of their convictions and leave the Church.

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  • March 12th, 2012Bypassing Globalism: Subsidiarity in Practiceby Joseph Pearce

    The Catholic Church's teaching on subsidiarity is inextricably connected to the bypassing of globalism through the employment of appropriate technology. Whereas big government globalists, such as the World Bank and the IMF, wield their financial muscle to force developing countries into the globalist camp as a condition for the receipt of financial aid, subsidiarity calls for investment in technology that does not force developing countries onto the globalist treadmill. Whereas international financial institutions deal with corrupt governments in the developing world, handing them mega-bucks for mega-sized development projects, making the governments more corrupt and destabilizing the traditional cultures of the indigenous populations of the world, appropriate technology calls for small scale investment on the local level, helping people on the ground, in the villages in which they live. Instead of investing $100 million on a huge power plant on the edge of a big city, forcing men to leave their families and their villages to live in shanty towns on the edge of the city, appropriate technology calls for the same funding to be employed to build generators in the villages where people already live. At a cost of $10,000 per generator, the same funding would provide electricity for 10,000 villages. For more details on the importance and applicability of appropriate technology, please see the two chapters on the subject in my book, Small is Still Beautiful.

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  • March 12th, 2012Marriage: A Powerful Heart Drug in Short Supplyby Paul Adams

    Despite a determined will to disbelieve the evidence before our eyes—especially on the part of people such as academics and social workers like me, and other champions of the sexual revolution—we know from a host of empirical research that married people are happier, healthier, and better off financially.

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