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  • July 12th, 2012The Resurrection of the God of Physicsby Joseph Pearce

    Last week I posted a link to an excellent BBC radio documentary about the priest scientist Georges Le Maitre who is accredited with positing the Big Bang Theory. In similar vein, this article in today's Crisis Magazine shows that statements by atheists, such as Stephen Hawking, that God is dead are proving premature, as shown by new discoveries in physics:

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  • July 12th, 2012Taking Exception to Exceptionalismby Joseph Pearce

    In the light of our recent discussions about the United States, this excellent article by Thomas Storck will add grist to our cognitive mill:

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  • July 12th, 2012In Aeternum: The England That Never Changesby Joseph Pearce

    Recent posts on this site about the United States and England, and especially Dena’s recent “blasphemous” post about the decline, decay and ultimate disintegration of England have prompted my musings on the mutability of nations and cultures. Is everything subject to change? If so, is there any permanent value attached to these mutable things? Why bother about the USA or England if they are doomed to die?

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  • July 10th, 2012The Most Frightening Novel Ever?by Joseph Pearce

    I had hoped this morning to write a post entitled "The Eternal, Unchanging England" as a comment upon Dena's excellent "blasphemous" post. Although I agree with her observations and analysis, I'd like to take her discussion on a transendental tangent that leads us to a more hopeful conclusion. Since, however, I am on holiday with my family in California and since my son had me up half the night because of a bad case of congestion, which is preventing him from sleeping, I think I'll need to postpone the writing of the post until tomorrow.

    In the interim, I'm posting a link to an excellent article by the inestimable and indefatigable Jesuit, Father Schall, about R. H. Benson's novel, The Lord of the World.

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  • July 9th, 2012And now, for a little blasphemy . . .by Dena Hunt

    We’ve just done our July 4th thing. Sentimentalists (I don’t use the word “patriots”) get all misty and irritated on this day. They satisfy their need to mist by playing military band music, and in their rhetoric, confuse us sometimes about what’s actually being celebrated—not so much mention is made of the American Revolution or the Declaration of Independence any more, but there’s often much talk about our veterans, etc. July 4th over time has gotten mixed up with all kinds of other things; it’s all tied up now with whatever is “patriotic.” After all, England (which hardly even exists now anyway; it’s been subsumed into something called the UK, which is, in turn, subsumed into something called the EU) is our long-standing closest ally. So it’s kind of difficult to assume a contrary posture toward the country from which we once declared our independence and on which we once waged war. So—we settle for something rather like general patriotism and wax sentimental. The irritation comes from this very muddledness about what we’re celebrating. People get irritated at the lack of reverence paid to patriotism. They want to interrupt the cook-outs and fireworks to restore a more reverent regard toward July 4th—which used to be called Independence Day. You never hear that term any more, however, which is a good indication of the holiday’s lost original meaning.

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  • July 8th, 2012Some Civil Words on an Uncivil Warby Joseph Pearce

    I arrived with my family in California yesterday at the commencement of a fortnight vacation. As such, I suspect that my posts over the next two weeks will be somewhat sketchy due to the presence of lovable distractions. By way of illustration, my four-year-old daughter is sitting at the breakfast table asking me intermittently why I am working when it’s supposed to be a playing day.

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  • July 7th, 2012Trading on Chesterton without a Trace of Chestertonby Kevin O'Brien

    Well, there is such a thing as the Benefit of the Doubt. 

    But a PARISH SECRETARY???

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  • July 7th, 2012The Unholy Familyby Kevin O'Brien

    Frank Weathers has engaged in an interesting conversation with Timothy Dalrymple here

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  • July 6th, 2012The Problem and the Solutionby Kevin O'Brien

    "I know what your problem is. In fact, I know what everyone’s problem is. Furthermore, I not only know the problem, I have the solution."

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  • July 6th, 2012Book Newsby Joseph Pearce

    Within the past few minutes, I've sent the manuscript of a new book, tentatively titled "Bilbo's Pilgrimage: The Christianity of The Hobbit"  to my publisher, Saint Benedict Press. The plan is to have it published in time for the release of the first part of Peter Jackson's movie adaptation of The Hobbit this December.

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  • July 6th, 2012Father of the Big Bangby Joseph Pearce

    It can never be stressed enough that Faith and Reason are inextricably connected. The rejection of the one is always at the expense of the other. It is for this reason that Catholic priests and religious have made some of the most important discoveries in science. The modern science of genetics owes its genesis to a Catholic scientist, as does the science of geology.

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  • July 5th, 2012Franciscan Pyrotechnicsby Joseph Pearce

    Last night I sat on the deck of our home in South Carolina, sipping Kentucky bourbon, watching the dying embers of the fire on which we’d had a barbecue earlier, and listening to the sound of redneck pyrotechnics in the distance.

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  • July 5th, 2012Fifty Things I Like About the United Statesby Joseph Pearce

    Yesterday, as part of our Fourth of July festivities, my wife read me Father Dwight Longenecker’s post on his own website listing the things he likes most about his native land. I am not a native American, unlike all those born here irrespective of ethnic origin, but I am a fairly recent American citizen and thought it might be fun to list fifty things that I like about the United States. Here goes:

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  • July 5th, 2012Sigrid Undset and the Fate of Europeby Paul Adams

    I am reading Sigrid Undset’s Stages of the Road, a collection of essays written in the years after she won the Nobel Prize for literature, published in English in 1934, and now reissued with an introduction by Elizabeth Scalia.  As the new edition’s blurb says, it is a “fascinating collection of of saints’ lives, a prophetic critique of modernity, and a surprisingly contemporary take on being Catholic—in particular a Catholic woman—in a sometimes hostile secular world.”  It is also—strikingly in these days of religious indifferentism, casual heresy, and lowest-common-denominator ecumenism—a powerful critique of Protestantism, its history and continuing legacy in Europe.

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  • July 5th, 2012New Catholic Homeschooling Radio Showby Joseph Pearce

    I've been asked to share news that Radio Maria is sponsoring a Catholic homeschooling radio show, Homeschool Lifeline. The host is Katie Moran, with co-host Terry Arnold.

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  • July 5th, 2012The Forgotten Virtueby Kevin O'Brien

    I once wrote that Hope is more despised than Chastity, that if you're not cynical and disdainful, you're not hip and modern.

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  • July 3rd, 2012A Secret Southern Weaponby Dena Hunt

    Many years ago, I taught English at a high school in a rural town in Georgia. The town wasn’t just rural: Situated in the Okefenokee basin, it was isolated and insulated from the rest of the world. Every day, when I drove the hour-long commute to work, I passed through a time warp; 1988 became 1958. (How warped? Well, one example: There was one doctor in town and his waiting room was segregated. Ignorant, I inadvertently sat down in the wrong place and was promptly ousted by a very large black woman who pointed to the sign “Colored Waiting Area” and asked, “Can’t you read?” Rosa Parks had it easy.)

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  • July 3rd, 2012Cristeros: Soldiers of Christby Joseph Pearce

    As the religious freedom of Catholics is being attacked by the secular fundamentalism of the Obama regime, it is well to remember the murderous history of secular fundamentalism in its continual war against Christ and His Church. I have written often on this site about the guillotines, Gulag and gas chambers of secular fundamentalism in Europe. We have also published an excellent review of the recent movie, For Greater Glory, which highlighted the butchery of secular fundamentalism much closer to home in Mexico. For Greater Glory also highlighted the resistance of the Cristeros, the "soldiers of Christ", who took up arms against the secular fundamentalist tyranny.

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  • June 30th, 2012Vindicatedby Dena Hunt

    It’s humbling to state a political view and get so disagreed-with as I did and was in my Thursday post “What Disaster?” I know well that my political expertise wouldn’t fill a thimble, so the disagreement was not unexpected and evoked only my deferment. (However, in the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I’ve never believed my habitual lack of emotional involvement in politics necessarily bespeaks a lack of intellectual discernment …) 

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  • June 29th, 2012Announcing My New Position at Thomas More Collegeby Joseph Pearce

    I am delighted to announce that I have accepted a new position with Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire (www.thomasmorecollege.edu). I have been appointed as a Visiting Fellow and as Writer-in-Residence and will commence teaching in the coming Fall semester. I have a long-standing friendship with, and admiration for, William Fahey, the College President, and Christopher Blum, the Dean, both of whom I have known since their days at Christendom College. I am truly delighted and very excited to be part of the same Faculty as these wonderfully learned and devoutly orthodox men. I'm also excited to be part of such a dynamic hub at the centre of the New Evangelization.

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