My Obsession is Your ________

In today’s On the Square , Janet Smith wonders: is she obsessed with social issues? Her answer is “yes,” but she doesn’t consider that a criticism: A few paragraphs from Pope Francis’ famous interview in America have unsettled people for many reasons. My reason for . . . . Continue Reading »

Cinema’s Grand Inquisitor

So Jean-Luc Godard describes Robert Bresson—-born this day in 1901—-in the above clip: If I wanted to characterize Robert Bresson, I said once in an interview that to me he’s a Grand Inquisitor, someone who, despite the risk or violence involved, penetrates to the very depths of a . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 9.25.13

Communing with a Lubavitcher ‘Saint?’ Mark Kellner, GetReligion Philosophy Needs Conversation Nigel Warburton, Aeon Small Towns and Supersized Spirituality Jake Meador, Christianity Today How Flannery O’Connor Did Money Brooke Hatfield, Billfold Roots, Limits, Love Mark Mitchell, . . . . Continue Reading »

Does Ted Cruz Have A Second Act?

Ross Douthat shrewdly notes the differences between Ted Cruz and guys like Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Mike Lee. Rubio is trying to move the Republican position on immigration in the direction of amnesty-first + expanded low-skill immigration. Rand Paul has developed an articulate, . . . . Continue Reading »

Does Darwin Explain It All?

It’s inevitable that we’d have a moment with our friend Darwinian Larry in the technology class. The Louis C.K. moment was not inevitable. Who would have guessed he would have provided a “teachable moment” about Pascal? I watched most of the Emmys at a time most TV lovers . . . . Continue Reading »

But I Could’ve Told You, Vincent

The problem isn’t that Pope Francis doesn’t understand our context, says Thomas G. Guarino in today’s On the Square ; the problem is that we don’t understand his theology: Throughout his work, however, Vincent ardently insists that “development” can never mean a . . . . Continue Reading »

Joshua Cave Art Exhibit

This evening, First Things premieres its series of art exhibits with Life Drawing by Joshua Cave . Cave, a versatile artist working as a painter, sculptor, installation artist, and writer in New York City, received his BFA from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA in 2008. Working with diverse forms . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 9.24.13

A Teacher and Her Student Thessaly La Force, Vice The Robot and the Master Jonathan Pageau, Orthodox Arts Journal An Argument Against Christian Materialism on a Pro-Life View Alexander Pruss’s Blog Debating Constantine David Swartz, Anxious Bench The Wagnerian Pope Alex Ross, The Rest is . . . . Continue Reading »