Kevin Staley-Joyce is an Assistant Editor at First Things.

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Obituaries for Earthbound Pets

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A few years back, First Things published a somewhat incredulous  While We’re At It entry noticing the curiously named Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, a service that promised to take care of pets left behind after the rapture. (It was recently confirmed to be satire by the proprietor, who . . . . Continue Reading »

Marriage Ad Absurdum

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In their forthcoming book on marriage, Robert George, Sherif Girgis, and Ryan Anderson warn (in context of their broader argument) that it serves no one’s interests to define marriage down to companionship, or to suppose the aim of the marriage license is “all-purpose personal . . . . Continue Reading »

On Supersized Words

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Patrick Ross, author of  The Artist’s Road   blog, enjoins English speakers and news producers to stem the tide of “word inflation” when reporting compelling news items, this week’s hurricane reportage being the latest culprit. Few settled to call Sandy an immense . . . . Continue Reading »

No Satisfaction in Same-Sex Marriage

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It’s no secret that one major undercurrent of the same-sex marriage movement is the desire to change the marriage culture—-family and childrearing norms, for instance—-not simply to realize the practical benefits of marriage. But once a redefined marriage culture is in place, one . . . . Continue Reading »

Manual Labor, Academe, and Baseball

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Joe Carter’s column this week draws on the autobiographical to illustrate an important point of comparison between workers in the world of labor and their counterparts in the world of ideas: Both idealize the other’s lot; but, as Carter argues, the two life courses are different in . . . . Continue Reading »

The Worst Argument for Same-Sex Marriage?

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The movement advancing same-sex marriage has of late been preoccupied with preeminence more than debate, better thriving in the echo chambers of Ivy League classrooms and judges’ chambers than the dialectic of town halls. But a culture of self-congratulation is hardly the context for honing . . . . Continue Reading »

Ayn Rand and the Episcopal New Sixty

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Joe Carter’s  column today explores the unsettling extent to which Ayn Rand, the ill-chosen hero of some conservatives and libertarians, finds a twin in Anton LaVey, the founder of modern satanism : Perhaps most are unaware of the connection, though LaVey wasn’t shy about admitting . . . . Continue Reading »

Opinion Polling and Dissent

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Joe Carter’s column this week argues that opinion polls make us dumb—-but not simply because they’re often inaccurate. Instead, it’s that opinion polls themselves can seem to instruct the public on how to form opinions : If you are told that the president’s approval . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

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Joe Carter’s column this week ponders Harold Camping’s most egregious flaw in his prediction of Judgment Day. It wasn’t, mind you, his inaccuracy or even his scandal to non-Christians, but, as Carter argues, his desire to reduce the gospel to a matter of mere calculation, and . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

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Joe Carter’s column this week coins the term “X-Cons,” the conservative subset of Generation X which takes great pains to distinguish itself from the Baby Boomer mindset. Carter provides a compelling sketch of what to look for in an archetypical X-Con, including, among many other . . . . Continue Reading »