Obamacare Repeal: The Pressure Grows

A Florida federal judge declared Obamacare’s individual purchase mandate unconstitutional.  Not unexpected, and I think, very right on the law.  But he also seems to have declared the whole law null and void, much further than the Virginia judge who also found the individual purchase . . . . Continue Reading »

A Good Word for the Jesuits

From the very outset of the order, people have been criticizing the Jesuits. The Society of Jesus has long tended toward extremes that raise hackles. I’m no exception, I suppose, having skewered a few of the liberal Jesuits over the years, most recently Fr. Jim Keenan and Fr. Mark Massa, a . . . . Continue Reading »

The Omega Man

Saturday night I sat down with two physicists from Union University and watched Charlton Heston in The Omega Man.  The film is part of an unofficial apocalyptic trilogy which includes Planet of the Apes and Soylent Green.First thought: Heston was still rocking his own hair in . . . . Continue Reading »

“For Love and Loyalty”

Over on EerdWord, First Things senior editor R.R. Reno discusses his forthcoming book Fighting the Noonday Devil — and Other Essays Personal and Theological : We are not meant to leave things as they are; God commanded Adam and Eve to till and keep the garden and exercise dominion. Society and . . . . Continue Reading »

Anxiety at Home

As a parent, of the sort that reads or writes for First Things , you probably know anxiety all too well — and perhaps to an extent that seems to contradict what you say you believe about life and Providence. In today’s “On the Square” article, The Anxious Parent , I reflect . . . . Continue Reading »

The Gurkha and the Forty Thieves

There are few modern foreign warriors that U.S Marines consider their equals, much less hold in awed esteem. But at the top of that short list are the Gurkhas. Gurkhas are best known for their legendary exploits of bravery and tenacity while serving in the Indian Army’s Gorkha regiments . . . . Continue Reading »

Marriage, the Key to a Better Life

This  latest report on the benefits of marriage won’t be a surprise to First Things readers. But it’s encouraging to see that the findings of family researchers in America are being confirmed by Europeans: Marriage cheers you up, improves your diet and helps you live longer, . . . . Continue Reading »