First Links — 5.13.2016

Captain America: Civil War Puts Humanity Before Spectacle
Alexi Sargeant, Acculturated

What Is the Benedict Option, and Why Might It Be Coming to Your Neighborhood?
John Burger, Aleteia

A Confession of Liberal Intolerance
Nicholas Kristoff, New York Times

The Seven Deadly Social Networks
Robinson Meyer, Atlantic

Pope to Set Up Commission to Study Possibility of Women Deacons
Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register

What the Book Really Means
Melanie Bettinelli, Wine Dark Sea

Would the World be a Better Place Without People like my Daughter?
Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail

Shakespeare as All-Too-Modern Nightmare
Sohrab Ahmari, Wall Street Journal

Gene Editing: New Technology, Old Moral Questions
Brendan P. Foht, New Atlantis

Titles We Didn't Choose — June/July 2016

Our June/July 2016 issue of First Things is hot off the press and available on our website. As a special piece of bonus content, I am here to share with you, loyal readers, some of our also-ran titles: headings for pieces that were suggested at our titles meeting but nixed for being too punny, too . . . . Continue Reading »

After Great Lent

Last Sunday Orthodox Christians around the world finally celebrated Pascha and proclaimed Christ risen from the dead. As in Western Christendom, Orthodox Easter is preceded by Holy Week—the liturgical pinnacle of the Orthodox Church. In this week of preparation and commemoration, our services, . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 5.6.16

Ascension Day Couldn't Be More Timely
Peter M. Burfeind, Federalist

The Spark of Life Meets IVF (and Uncle Andrew)
Simcha Fisher, Aleteia

That Thing You Think Is an Allegory Isn't an Allegory!
Laura Miller, Slate

Poland: Europe's Forgotten Democratic Ancestor
Adriel Kasonta, National Interest

Why Aren't Other Dioceses Looking to Lincoln?
Brian Williams, Liturgy Guy

Demoncracies End When They Are Too Democratic
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine

Reclaiming “Redneck” Urbanism: What Urban Planners Can Learn From Trailer Parks
Nolan Gray, Market Urbanism

In Defense of BYU's Honor Code
Damon Linker, The Week

All that’s Gehrish
Bruce Cole, New Criterion

Hail Thee, Festival Day!

When I was young, my family's favorite hymn was sung on three days of the Church year. We knew it came on Easter and Pentecost, but we scratched our heads when we tried to remember the other festival day hailed in this resounding hymn. Ascension Thursday would catch us each year as a (pleasant) . . . . Continue Reading »

Laboratory Limits that are not Limits

Laboratory researchers have been able to extend the time they can keep a human embryo alive in the lab from nine days to 13 days. Now many are asking, “Why not go beyond the 14-day-post-fertilization limit that has governed this research to date?” Why, indeed? If the embryonic human being—in . . . . Continue Reading »