In today’s On the Square, First Things editor R.R. Reno asks, “What makes First Things First Things?”
The first thing to say about First Things is that it stands for the conviction that our personal and communal submission to the authority of revelation humanizes, and that the eviction of revelation from intellectual life and the public square diminishes both. The magazine is not a theological journal, of course. But it was founded on the assumption that the unique—and uniquely important—millennia-long efforts of Christians and Jews to live in accord with God’s will can guide us to live wisely, both as individuals and as a nation.
That paragraph was easy to type, in large part because I believe it’s true. But it’s not easy to spell out.