First Links — 12.11.15

C. S. Lewis Was a Secret Government Agent
Harry Lee Poe, Christianity Today

Preserving the City of Tomorrow
Steven W. Semes, New Criterion

Movable Feasts:
A Farmer-Philosopher Confounds Expectations about Islam and Outsiders in the South

Staff, Economist

Father Mourad: Defeating ISIS Within a Cell of Prayer
Arthur Herlin, Aleteia

Grace Notes
Rowan Williams, Literary Review

Medication Nation
Philip Alcabes, American Scholar

Charlotte Brontë’s Most Inexplicable Denominational Burns
Mallory Ortberg, Toast

The Alarming Summons of Advent
Laura Trimble, Humane Pursuits

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Last year I posted in this space a reading plan of my own devising for working through all of Shakespeare's works. I made some work for myself when I created this plan, because I settled on reading plays Monday through Friday, and sonnets and other poems on weekends. Thus it needs annual . . . . Continue Reading »

Announcing the Tradition Project

Here is an item about a new research project that will interest many First Things readers. As reported in this story, the Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s University School of Law has received a major grant from the Bradley Foundation to launch the Tradition Project, a new, . . . . Continue Reading »

Refugees in Germany: A Firsthand Report

The following four letters regarding the situation of refugees in Germany were sent from a German observer to a curious American. They are re-printed here with the permission of the correspondents.September 11, 2015Dear American Friend: Thank you for asking about the mounting waves of refugees in . . . . Continue Reading »