The Conversion of Joseph Pearce
November 10, 2007
Joseph Pearce was born the son of a fierce anti-Catholic in the late
1960s. Hear the story of how God’s grace carried a young, uneducated
"agnostic Protestant bigot" who was "racist to the core" into the
Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church.
Now a professor of English Literature at Ave Maria University
and the author of 147 books, including notable autobiographies of 20th
Century’s greatest Catholic writers, his conversion is a story of
providence triumphing over political anger, racial hatred and
violence. While serving his first prison sentence for "publishing
material likely to incite racial hatred" Pearce began to read GK
Chesterton. He felt the "rug being pulled out from underneath his
prejudices" because he could not defeat Chesterton’s arguments in
economics and theology. During a second prison sentence he began to
pray, and from that point it was only a matter of time before he was
brought into the Church.
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