God’s Only-Begotten Human One

From First Thoughts

The language of the Mass will soon be reverting to a richer tone, but it’s a different story over in the field of Biblical studies, where a group of about 200 scholars just published a new translation of the central Christian text. A joint effort of both Protestant and Catholic clergy, the . . . . Continue Reading »

Down in the Catacombs

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Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of viewing a newly-restored edition of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis , a masterpiece of film by most critics’ accounts, in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. This silent work from 1927 contains a number of observations and prophecies about the tendencies of . . . . Continue Reading »

Nihilism on Strike

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Do the ongoing riots in Great Britain have a coherent purpose? No, says John Lloyd of Reuters, arguing that : They do not articulate a cause because they cannot. [The] anger, the violence and the destruction are pure activity, a bid to make a spectacle in a society which is organized round . . . . Continue Reading »

Where Muslims Place Their Faith

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The New York Times today comments on the results of a new Gallup survey of American Muslims which suggests that, on the whole, followers of that faith are more hesitant to express patriotism and confidence in national institutions than Americans of other religious groups. Among the most intriguing . . . . Continue Reading »