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March 14th, 2013Hamlet the Catholicby Joseph Pearce
Here's an excellent article on Hamlet by Mitchell Kalpakgian in today's Crisis.» Continue Reading
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J.R.R. Tolkien on Scottish (and Welsh) independenceby Brendan D. King
To Simonne d'Ardenne.
March 13, 1936.
"The political situation is dreadful... I have the greatest sympathy with Belgium -- which is about the right size of any country! I wish my own were bounded still by the seas of the Tweed and the walls of Wales... we folk do at least know something of mortality and eternity and when Hitler (or a Frenchman) says 'Germany (or France) must live forever' we know that he lies."
From "The Tolkien Family Album," page 69.
The Law of Loveby Kevin O'Brien
I am always surprised at how most people, and probably most Christians, think of God's Commandments and of all morality as arbitrary. This is why they think "gay marriage" can exist. We moderns think all law is man made, all rules and regulations are simply pulled out of our hats, and subject to the whims of culture and passing fancy. That the Moral Law is like the law of gravity - something inherent in nature, something discovered and not invented - is beyond the ken of most folk walking among us. In their eyes, law, like the rules of baseball, is simply conventional - something we concoct and then agree on as a group that allows us to play the game, whatever that game might be.
Hilaire Belloc versus Graham Greeneby Joseph Pearce
I'd like to share an e-mail I've just received from someone who makes an intriguing comparison between Hilaire Belloc and Graham Greene. Here's the pertinent part of the e-mail; my response follows:
Reading your biography of Belloc, I found myself admiring Belloc immensely but not liking him much. There is an affability to Chesterton that made even his enemies melt. Belloc's confrontational style is off-putting. But the Chesterbelloc combination was certainly a force. I suspect each in his own and different way was used mightily by God.