Dr. Peter Kreeft
Why A Canticle for Leibowitz is the Greatest Science Fiction Novel of All Time
An exploration of the many reasons to agree with C.S. Lewis's unqualified recommendation of this novel. It is the refutation of the Tory philosophy of history, a futurized version of Augustine's "The City of God," a sprawling dystopian version of "The Abolition of Man," and a defense of Original Sin, the Catholic Church, and the prolife message in a culture-of-death world. It also has the strangest and most stunning and "Marian" ending imaginable.
Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College. He loves his five grandchildren, four children, one wife, one cat, and one God. His 75 books include: Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Christianity for Modern Pagans, and Fundamentals of the Faith.
Hilaire Belloc: Defender of the Faith
Hilaire Belloc was one of the finest and most influential writers of the Catholic literary revival. In all his works of fiction, poetry, history, biography, political philosophy and apologetics, he was a resolute and irrepressible defender of the Faith. Professor Pearce will explore the many ways that Belloc defended the Catholic Faith in a hostile culture.
A native of England, Prof. Pearce is Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, and Visiting Fellow at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire. He is editor of the St. Austin Review, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, and executive director of Catholic Courses.
The internationally acclaimed author of many books, which include bestsellers such as The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce is a world-recognized biographer of modern Christian literary figures. His books have been published and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Polish. Pearce has hosted two 13-part television series about Shakespeare on EWTN, and has also written and presented documentaries on EWTN on the Catholicism of The Lord of the Rings.
Fr. Michael Kerper
The Diary of a Country Priest: An Anti-Depressant for Today's Believing Catholics
In 1936, Georges Bernanos wrote his masterpiece: a delicate, sobering, and deeply moving "diary" of a young priest who lived within an unbelieving, decaying, and sin-afflicted society. Bernanos provides much hope by showing how the faith of a single endangered believer can illuminate the darkness.
Fr. Kerper is the pastor of St. Patrick's in Nashua, NH, a Roman Catholic parish. In 1981, he entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He completed his M. Div. in 1984, his MA in Moral Theology in 1985, and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Manchester on May 18, 1985. He is a regular columnist for Parable Magazine.
Dr. Amy Fahey
A Saga of Saints and Sinners: Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter.
In her masterpiece Kristin Lavransdatter, Sigrid Undset helps define the unique role and methods of the Catholic historical novelist. Set in fourteenth-century Norway, Undset’s Nobel Prize-winning trilogy Kristin Lavransdatter is a moving saga of sin and redemption in the life of one woman, set against a vast backdrop of cultural, political, and spiritual unrest. Undset’s insight into the relationship between the individual, the family, the community, and the Creator is unfolded through the story of Kristin’s headstrong plunge into sin, its lasting and far-reaching effects, and the relentlessness of God’s mercy.
Dr. Amy Fahey teaches literature and writing at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire. A graduate of Hillsdale College, the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Fahey’s teaching interests include Anglo-Saxon and Medieval literature, Scandinavian literature, the modern short story, and twentieth-century Catholic writers Sigrid Undset and Flannery O’Connor.
Before coming to Thomas More College, Dr. Fahey taught literature and writing courses at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. Her essay on science and the poetry of Byron, Shelley, and Keats, will appear in the forthcoming Ignatius Press volume of English Romantic writers. Dr. Fahey and her husband, William, have been homeschooling their five children for over a decade.