David Mills is former executive editor of First Things.

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Take Note and Write

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Someone called “Writing Prompter” suggests this way of writing an essay : Pick up anything in your house with text on it that isn’t a book or magazine, then “Freewrite for fifteen minutes, recording as many words and phrases from the objects as you can, and taking note of . . . . Continue Reading »

Episcopal Good News

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The National Catholic Reporter is not happy . The American bishops have appointed someone of “conventional views on marriage and sexuality” as the new head of their secretariat of doctrine and canonical affairs. Conventional means, as you will have guessed, Catholic . Fr. Peter . . . . Continue Reading »

Gresham Machen, Friend to Catholics

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Mistakenly thinking the great Presbyterian theologian J. Gresham Machen had written a book on Catholicism and wanting to give it as an example of Protestant apologetics in yesterday’s item , I googled the subject and found that he didn’t, but he did say this in his book Christianity and . . . . Continue Reading »

Apologetics Works Wanted

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A reader of the “Catholic Sense” column I write for the Pittsburgh Catholic and a few other diocesan newspapers writes: I believe we Catholics could do much better at defending our faith. Would you recommend books on Basic Christian apologetics (CS Lewis type of apologetics) and . . . . Continue Reading »

An Extraordinary Ordinary Scandal

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This is no ordinary scandal , Peggy Noonan writes on her Wall Street Journal weblog  Declarations , calling the IRS’s abuse of its power “the worst Washington scandal since Watergate.” Something big has shifted. The standing of the administration has changed. As always it . . . . Continue Reading »

Gay Marriage Conformism

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“Opponents of gay marriage are now treated by the press in the same way queer-rights agitators were in the past: as strange, depraved creatures, whose repenting and surrender to mainstream values we await with bated breath,”  writes Brendan O’Neill in Spiked!  Which . . . . Continue Reading »

Christian Patriarchs Protest

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Here is the Statement regarding police measures on Holy Saturday issued by the patriarchs and heads of local churches of Jerusalem, after police assaulted Christian pilgrims, including an 85-year-old Coptic priest. “We understand,” they said, the necessity and the importance of the . . . . Continue Reading »