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

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Why Taking Marriage for Granted Fails

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When contending with philosophic heavyweights, one can either refuse to argue or argue to win, but the worst thing one can do is to debate without actually arguing. Something like that was in play when NYU Law professor Kenji Yoshino penned a brief response in Slate to “ What is Marriage . . . . Continue Reading »

What is Marriage?

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It is one thing, and isn’t another—and that’s not mere subjective opinion. Or so we read in What is Marriage , a new and momentous paper authored by First Things board member Robert P. George, along with former First Things assistant editor Ryan Anderson and Rhodes Scholar Sherif . . . . Continue Reading »

And Then There Was Nothing

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Today’s first ” On The Square ” item is Joe Carter’s column; today it’s a whimsical creation story narrative. But it’s not your run-of-the-mill creation story; rather, it addresses a certain inequality of myth Carter finds between the children of Judeo-Christian . . . . Continue Reading »

Ants on a Crucifix

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In today’s “ On the Square ” essay, First Things columnist Elizabeth Scalia draws attention to a recent episode in the “war on Christmas” and the war on the “war on Christmas,” both of which have grown rather tiresome over the years. Scalia notes that the cynical . . . . Continue Reading »

Love’s Consuming Fire

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In today’s second “ On the Square ” article, Peter J. Leithart points out that what poets have always seen in love (“It’s a burning thing”) can be appreciated by theologians with equal attention—a lesson available to us since the Fall of our first parents. Most . . . . Continue Reading »

The Would-Be Church

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Pope Benedict’s clarification of the moral theology relating to condom use has produced one of those moments in media life when journalists ceremoniously remove their thinking caps and implement a hopelessly formulaic analysis of the Church’s inner politics and theological dialogue. CNN . . . . Continue Reading »