“Homophobia” Strikes Back

From First Thoughts

Gay-rights activists scored a coup by injecting the language of “homophobia” into our national conversation. They may regret it, though. It’s poised to come back and bite them.From one perspective, “homophobia” is a truly marvelous term, as strategic as it could . . . . Continue Reading »

Bullying

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We had another bullying incident affect one of our children today. Something like this has happened in our family every year (this one is mild by comparison to some others, thankfully).It’s going on everywhere. A student at another high school just a mile from our home committed suicide last . . . . Continue Reading »

On Not Being Young

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Being young was never what it was cracked up to be. Our media culture wants us to think it’s the greatest thing, but they’re wrong. If someone somehow offered me the chance to go back, I would say, “no, thank you.” Sure, I could stand to have my joints back in the condition . . . . Continue Reading »

Whither Bookstores?

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Albert Mohler’s comments on the demise of brick-and-mortar bookstores begins, “Book stores are going away.” That is the conclusion reached by Mike Shatzkin, chief executive of Idea Logical Co., a consulting firm based in New York. Shatzkin offered his ominous prediction to The Wall . . . . Continue Reading »

Your Brain in Love: Scientific American

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Not long ago we learned the “scientific” reasons we like music. Today, for Valentine’s Day, we discover why we love: Men and women can now thank a dozen brain regions for their romantic fervor. Researchers have revealed the fonts of desire by comparing functional MRI studies of . . . . Continue Reading »

Finally: Why We Like Music

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It’s not because of its sonority, its emotion, its excellence, or its beauty. No, forget all that; none of those messy, unscientific explanations get to the bottom of why we like music. The real truth has at last been revealed in its fulness: Whether it’s the Beatles or Beethoven, people . . . . Continue Reading »

Only Natural

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Did you know there were two tin woodmen in Oz? Probably not—the second one tells his tale for the first time in this story.Only Natural“The first tin woodman thought it was a curse. I saw it differently. You probably remember his story—how he fell in love with a certain girl, who . . . . Continue Reading »

“Momentous” Is Not An Overstatement

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Momentous indeed: 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 . . . . Continue Reading »