Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce is Writer-in-Residence and Professor of Humanities at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, NH. He also taught English and writing at Ave Maria College in Michigan, and is the author of, among others, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton (Ignatius Press, 1997), Literary Converts (Ignatius Press, 2000), and Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile (Baker Books, 2001). For additional information about Joseph Pearce, visit the web pages of ISI Books and Ignatius Insight, an on-line resource of Ignatius Press.

Joseph Pearce has also been featured on the MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation "Maker of Middle-Earth." A short description of this Conversation is listed here.


Volume 53

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Guests on Volume 53: Lawrence Adams, on the possibilities of religious pluralism in Islamic views of state and society; Dana Gioia, on the craft, popularity, and significance of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Elmer M. Colyer, on theologian Thomas F. Torrance's understanding of the Incarnation; R. A. Herrera, on how the Christian view of Creation and Incarnation shapes an understanding of history; Margaret Visser, on learning to recognize the deep meaning in the design of Christian churches; and Joseph Pearce, on Tolkien's other writings and on his view of myth and story.

MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation 17

Maker of Middle-Earth

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While it is not a story set in the twentieth century, Tom Shippey (author of J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century) claims that The Lord of the Rings is very much a work of the twentieth century; the momentum of evil sweeps characters into action before they understand the events in which they are involved. Joseph Pearce (author of Tolkien: Man and Myth) defends The Lord of the Rings fantasy genre against those who would claim that realistic fiction is a better vessel for truth; because mythology is stripped of the factual, he explains, it can deal with truth unencumbered and therefore convey its moral more directly. Literary critic Ralph C. Wood explains why he has been drawn to J. R. R. Tolkien's moral Middle-Earth since his first reading of The Lord of the Rings in the 1960s. It is a world ordered by heroism, friendship, loyalty, and hope. These ties alone, he states, enable the hobbits to complete their quest and go where no one else can. 86 minutes. $6.