Is There an LGBT “Community”?

Today’s most important acronym expands and contracts like an accordion with seemingly no rhyme or reason. From LGBT, the inclusive train of letters has now swelled to LGBTTQQIAAP2S. The two Ts stand for transgender and transsexual and the double Qs represent both “queer” and “questioning”. . . . . Continue Reading »

“Death Poured Out of His Mouth along with the Gospel”

After years of controversy over the mishandling of sexual predators among the priests of his archdiocese, Archbishop of Minneapolis-St. Paul John Nienstedt resigned last June. Now facing criminal prosecution, the diocese is legally bankrupt. These are among the precipitating events of Zach Czaia’s first book of poems, Saint Paul Lives Here (In Minnesota). . . . Continue Reading »

Evangelicals are Stopping Trump

There continues to be an eager media narrative that evangelicals are at the heart of the Trump movement, and the high profile support of notable evangelicals like Ben Carson, and Jerry Falwell Jr. only contribute to this perspective. In response, there has been significant pushback to this . . . . Continue Reading »

What We've Been Reading—4.15.16

Mark BauerleinTwo nights ago, I found The Bonfire of the Vanities on the shelf and began reading. It was the blockbuster book of the 1980s, catching the spirit of the age in all its glittery egotism (“Masters of the Universe”) and cheap urban politics (the opening scene is an 80s version . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 4.15.16

The Defense of Catholic Marriage
Ross Douthat, New York Times

Distributism is the Future
Gene Callahan, American Conservative

Catholic Astronauts Keeping the Faith in Space
Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service

Conservative Movement Overturns 800-Year-Old Passover Ban on Rice and Legumes
Liza Schoenfein, Forward

What it Feels Like to be Hunted by Drones
Malik Jalal, Independent

Christopher Hitchens and the Hound of Heaven
Brian Mattson, Gospel Coalition

How Shakespeare Lives Now
Stephen Greenblatt, New York Review of Books

Every Biblical Reference in Hamilton
Alissa Wilkinson, Christianity Today

Can an Outsider Truly Become Amish?
Kelsey Osgood, Atlas Obscura

Titles We Didn't Choose — May 2016

Our May 2016 issue of First Things is hot of 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 punchy, . . . . Continue Reading »

Uncertain Dissonance

On Thursday, First Things will be hosting a musical performance and art talk, “Microtonality and the Fragmented Face.” Fragmentation, the breakdown of the unities and coherences that make the world intelligible, is one of the great themes of contemporary life. Our understanding of the world is . . . . Continue Reading »