Recent writings from the Ink Desk

  • April 26th, 2015The Failure of Anti-Semitismby Dena Hunt

    The local university here provides continuing education classes for seniors, sometimes off-campus. Yesterday morning a group of us attended a meeting at the local synagogue, led by a very amiable rabbi. He was friendly, charming, happy to demonstrate a shofar, a tallit, a menorah, and of course, the Torah. The talk inevitably involved “anti-semitism,” as it is commonly called and commonly misnamed, and commonly misunderstood.

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  • April 23rd, 2015Shakespeare’s Sonnet 108by Daniel J. Heisey

    Scholars seem to agree that the only sonnet by William Shakespeare with a religious theme is Sonnet 146.  It is the only poem by Shakespeare in the original Oxford Book of Christian Verse (1940), as well as in The New Oxford Book of Christian Verse (1981).  R. S. Thomas included it in The Penguin Book of Religious Verse (1963), and he appears to be the odd man out by also including Sonnet 129.  Likewise, C. S. Lewis, in his volume of The Oxford History of English Literature (1954), observed that Sonnet 146 “is concerned with the tension between the temporal and the eternal and would be appropriate in the mouth of any Christian at any moment.”  However, the same could be said of Sonnet 108.

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  • April 20th, 2015The Wisdom and Wickedness of Womenby Joseph Pearce

    So does the hand that rocks the cradle rule the world? Do well-behaved women make history? All is revealed in my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative:

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  • March 2nd, 2010Hot Off the Pressby Joseph Pearce

    Long awaited sequel examines Shakespeare's plays in light of his Catholic faith
    2/24/2010 - 12:59 PM PST

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 24, 2010) - A new book just released from Ignatius Press, "Through Shakespeare's Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays", gives further evidence of what many people have long suspected: that the famous William Shakespeare was indeed a Catholic. Fulfilling the promise he made in his previous book, "The Quest for Shakespeare", bestselling literary writer Joseph Pearce analyzes in this volume three of Shakespeare's immortal plays - "The Merchant of Venice", "Hamlet" and "King Lear" - in order to uncover the Bard's Catholic beliefs.

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March/April 2015Storm Troopers of Secularism: Lessons for Today from the Nazi Past

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The German Tragedy Revisited