First Links — 11.06.15

AA Envy
Helen Andrews, Hedgehog Review

The Just War in Greek Tragedy: Euripides' Suppliants
Robert J. Delahunty, Center for Law and Religion Forum

The State Department Turns Its Back on Syrian Christians and Other Non-Muslim Refugees
Nina Shea, National Review

Watching Liberalism Flail
Nathan J. Robinson, Navel Observatory

The Gift of Singleness
Nick Roen, Spiritual Friendship

The Tangled Cultural Roots of Dungeons and Dragons
Jon Michaud, New Yorker

The Concern of a Canine
Sean Curnyn, Cinch Review

What We've Been Reading—11.6.15

Mark Bauerlein I am half-way through Anna Karenina. Everyone knows the basics of the story, but I've never read it before. It was a favorite of F. R. Leavis and Lionel Trilling, who drew large implications about humanity and the novel from it.  But for me at this point, at the end of an . . . . Continue Reading »

Pope Francis, Yves Congar, & True Reform

Austen Ivereigh describes Pope Francis' various reforms in light of the work of Dominican theologian Yves Congar and his influence on the Holy Father's thought. According to Ivereigh, Congar had a decisive impact on Pope Francis, specifically in his views on church reform as delineated in his 1950 . . . . Continue Reading »

Slighting Syria's Christians

Take a look at the photo below, which appeared recently on Instagram. It’s the photo of a page from the New Testament — Acts 25, which recounts St. Paul’s trial before Festus. The page, seared into a bookshelf, is all that remains of the Bible that once contained it. ISIS recently burned . . . . Continue Reading »

Conference on Dignitatis Humanae

For those who are interested, the Notre Dame Law Review is hosting a symposium later this week on the 50th anniversary of Dignitatis Humanae, Vatican II's declaration on religious liberty:The Symposium will begin with an address from Bishop Daniel E. Flores on Thursday, November 5. Bishop Flores . . . . Continue Reading »

Peggy Noonan's Worry

Peggy Noonan’s new book, The Time of Our Lives: Collected Writings, is a volume bound to draw readers who are interested American politics and media. She is one of the most devotedly-followed columnists in the country, and this collection contains 83 of her commentaries going back to 1981. . . . . Continue Reading »