R.R. Reno is editor of First Things.

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Pascal’s Rule

From First Thoughts
Pascal once wrote, in so many words, that the certainty of our knowledge is inversely proportional to its significance. The truths of physics give us no words to say to a friend dying of cancer. . . . . Continue Reading »

Mall Horror Story

From First Thoughts
Omaha, my adopted hometown, was in the news last week. A nineteen-year-old went into a mall and shot a dozen people, killing eight, and then himself. A few days later I had dinner with an Israeli . . . . Continue Reading »

The Secular Left?

From First Thoughts
Why is it a commonplace to speak in terms of the religious right and secular left? Surely there has been a secular right: Ayn Rand, Friedrich Hayek, supply-siders, libertarians, and so forth. And . . . . Continue Reading »

A Hatchet Job

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We have come to rely on Alan Wolfe as just the sort of "expert" on religion who can be trusted to keep America safe from the kinds of people who read First Things . Now he is branching out. . . . . Continue Reading »