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

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Hawking on the Afterlife

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Back in 2006, at the height of Richard Dawkins’ God Delusion much ado, Terry Eagleton wrote a singeing review of Dawkins’ work in the London Review of Books , the first line of which gives some indication of his general impression of it: Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

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Joe Carter’s column today explores an example of modern culture’s fascination with conspiracy theories. A more easygoing form of logic, the thrill and intrigue of drawing connections, and the ability to elevate proponents of such theories to the status of expert among other conspiracy . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

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Joe Carter’s column today brings to light an example of one of the odder phenotypes in the conservative political spectrum—conservatives who put, as Carter says, “preference for procedure ahead of principle.” When dealing with the right to life, there is hardly room for . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

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Joe Carter’s column today explores the impulse among some Christians to try to outdo Christ at his own game. Though a good number of Christian groups mandate teetotaling, Carter takes the Southern Baptist Convention to task for its disappointing effort to answer the question, ” What . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

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Growing up attending the “First Church of Hellfire and Damnation,” Joe Carter recounts that it wasn’t easy to warm up to Catholics, but the example of John Paul II quickly changed that. In today’s column he points to areas in which Evangelicals can learn something from . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

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In ” Abortion and the Negation of Love ,” Joe Carter sheds light on a side of the abortion debate not often given attention: the arguments against it coming—sometimes unintentionally—from the very women who procure and provide abortions. “We in the movement, those of us . . . . Continue Reading »

Chaput on the Devil in Politics

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Yesterday at Public Discourse , Archbishop Charles Chaput argued that we must keep in perspective the onslaught of offenses to traditional Christian life—threats to religion from the secular world, science unrestrained by ethics, and corrupted power—in relation to the most fundamental . . . . Continue Reading »

Punished With Babies?

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When then-senator Obama said during the 2008 campaign that he feared his daughters might be ” punished with a baby ” if not properly schooled in contraceptive practices, he probably thought the statement would be regarded as self-evidently reasonable. Among some it might. Obama’s . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

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Joe Carter’s column this week draws attention to recent efforts to stop capital punishment in Arizona on the grounds it “is not in keeping with the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The state’s duty to enforce justice for murderers provides insight into the role of modern governments . . . . Continue Reading »