Despite what many modern critics say, Shakespeare's plays are written from a profoundly Christian perspective. This site presents literary criticism demonstrating that. To submit your essay for publication (arguing either for or against this position), email us - kevin @

The Cowardly Shakespeare

Kevin O'Brien reflects on what happens to Shakespeare if the modernist critics are right.

When Shakespeare Fought Stalin

Brendan King tells of Boris Pasternak's use of Shakespeare as a protest against the Soviets.

The Age of Shakespeare's Heroines

Joseph Pearce answers a reader's question concerning the age of Shakespeare's heroines.

The Other Christian Shakespeare

Andrew Lomas argues that Rene Girard's view of Shakespeare is solidly Christian despite his innovative approach.

A Really Bad Article on "The Merchant of Venice"

Joseph Pearce

Although I often like Sean Fitzpatrick’s literary articles, this is pure unadulterated drivel:

Mr. Fitzpatrick is merely echoing the Shylock-as-victim misreading of the play that is one of the most egregious cases of Shakespeare abuse imaginable. I do not have time to dissect the many errors in the article, not least of which is the casting of the saintly and wise Portia as a bigoted anti-semite, but would urge strongly that readers of the Christian Shakesepare buy my book Through Shakespeare’s Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays in which I devote about half the book to discussing The Merchant of Venice, scene by scene. I would also urge you to buy the Ignatius Critical Edition of The Merchant of Venice (audio book version available here), which contains some superb critical essays, including a brilliant defence of Portia’s efforts to save Shylock by Daniel Lowenstein, a professor at the UCLA Law School, and an excellent essay by an economist on the way in which Shakespeare and his audience would have seen the practice of usury, i.e. in the light of the Church’s condemnation of it.

The First Folio of St. Omer and "Neville"

Carol Curt Enos shows how the recently discovered First Folio at St. Omer in France is yet another proof of Shakespeare's Catholic faith.

"King Lear" and the Catholic Drama of Three Households and Four Loves

Ken Colston on seeing King Lear through the Four Loves of C. S. Lewis, and of seeing how sacrificial love redeems the play's nihilism.