A review of Do Babies Matter?
Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower by mary ann mason, nicholas h. wolfinger, and marc goulden rutgers, 188 pages, $25.95 When colleagues at academic conferences marvel at the latest of my seven pregnancies, my immediate reaction—so they
I follow her story only in part, like a man looking from a lit room at dark hills, silhouetted against navy skies— his own staring face superimposed by a ghostly glare from the light of the room. At her story’s crux, Timkat lays down her broom and in a
It’s not too late, Dark One, For you to come And have me close And stay an hour or two, It’s not too late at all For you to slip Past fossil light And quickly touch my hand. It’s deepest night, Dark One, I look straigh
A review of A Short History of the Twentieth Century
A Short History of the Twentieth Century by john lucacs harvard, 240 pages, $24.95 In the very first sentence of his new book, John Lukacs declares, “There is no serious history of the twentieth century that I know of,” but whatever the shortcomings of othe
Work–Life Imbalance I agree with Elizabeth Corey (“No Happy Harmony,” October) that there will always be conflict between motherhood and career, but I don’t agree with her reasons. She contrasts the leisure needed for love of children with the self-culture
A review of The Illusion of History
The Illusion of History: Time and the Radical Political Imagination by andrew r. russ catholic university of america, 338 pages, $69.95 A century ago, Charles Péguy observed that self-consciously modern intellectuals “want for everyone to criticize every
Encouraging Catholic writers to renovate and reoccupy their own tradition.
I. For years I’ve pondered a cultural and social paradox that diminishes the vitality and diversity of the American arts. This cultural conundrum also reveals the intellectual retreat and creative inertia of American religious life. Stated simply, the parad
Contemplative Provocations: Brief, Concentrated Observations on Aspects of a Life with God by fr. donald haggerty ignatius, 200 pages, $16.95 This book of spiritual guidance is concerned with the way in which the spiritual life is “a path of paradox,” a dee
Many Christians and other non-Muslims who want to understand the Christ of Islam turn to the Qur’an, yet the Qur’an won’t tell them much about Jesus. It mentions his miraculous birth. It refers to miracles such as raising the dead and bringing a clay bird to
Minority atheists, Retreating Evangelicals, etc.
• “If the Catholic Church did what it taught, it’d be a great religion,” said the man of the middle-aged couple holding hands—itself a rare sight—shuffling along in front of me on the crowded sidewalk. But he’d decided that “Buddhism is the best religion. It’s
On the Square
Dec 10, 2013 12:05am
American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 512 pages, $28 The main lines of Rockwell’s life are well known. He was born in 1894 in New York. By his teens he was well embarked on his career as an i
Dec 10, 2013 12:00am
“Come up here,” Jesus said to John, and at once John was standing before his throne (Revelation 4:1). Where was Jesus, and where did John go? Christian theology is much better in dealing with time than space. We profess that Jesus will return in the fu
Dec 9, 2013 12:04am
’Tis the season to be jolly. ’Tis also the season for me to ask for your financial support! Our mission is important. Our need is great. First Things magazine and firstthings.com are published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, a 503(c)(b) non-prof
Dec 9, 2013 12:02am
When Donna Tartt published The Secret History in 1992, many believed she would become the best American novelist of her generation. That prediction may well have come true, though not in the way most expected. For after the appearance of The Secret Histor
Dec 9, 2013 12:00am
Here’s a conversation that you will have if you, at any point in your life, read a novel: You’ll dislike some aspect of it (let’s say the main character is flat and boring), you will voice this criticism of the novel (“the main character is flat and borin
Dec 7, 2013 12:00am
Father Edward T. Oakes, S.J., professor of dogmatic theology at Mundelein Seminary and University of St. Mary of the Lake, has gone to God, dying on December 6, 2013. Readers of First Things know Fr. Oakes well. Over the course of two decades he has been
Dec 6, 2013 12:00am
Advent looks back to celebrate the coming of the Son of God in human flesh. As Advent lectionary readings show, God comes in many ways, and so Advent also looks ahead to God’s future interventions in history, and especially to his final advent at the last
Dec 6, 2013 12:00am
Jon Berkeley’s illustration for a January 2010 Economist cover depicts Steve Jobs as a modern Moses with a saintly halo. One of his trademark black turtlenecks peeks through his biblical robe, as Jobs displays an iPad instead of the twin stone tablets of
Dec 5, 2013 12:02am
Christians are facing more and more difficulties in Western society. Every day, especially in Europe, churches and cemeteries are desecrated; blasphemy pretends to be an art for the general public; activists like Femen attack symbols of religion, and the
Dec 5, 2013 12:00am
A new study suggests there are 8.8 billion potentially habitable planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Habitable is defined by, among other things, the Goldilocks zone, that magical narrow band of space extending around a sun where temperatures are neither too hot
In the News Results
Jun 3, 2009 9:47am
President Obama tells NBC he hopes his trip to Cairo and the Middle East will create "constructive" discussions with Muslims. (Via: RealClearPolitics)
Jun 3, 2009 1:32am
From the Washington Post: A diverse coalition of more than 100 clergy gathered in a Southeast Washington church yesterday to show their support for same-sex marriages in the District. "We declare that our faith calls us to affirm marriage equality for loving
Jun 2, 2009 1:54am
From the Baptist Press: Oklahoma Democratic Gov. Brad Henry has signed into law bills banning sex-selection abortions and human cloning. The sex-selection prohibition also requires doctors to report to the state the reasons women choose abortion and complicat
May 29, 2009 10:29am
From Christianity Today: As churches and religious groups eye President Obama's Supreme Court pick, U.S. Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor, they will likely take keen interest in her religious freedom cases. During her career, Sotomayor has written several deci
May 28, 2009 10:26am
From the AP: A Hispanic Roman Catholic theologian who was an adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign will be nominated to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, the White House announced Wednesday. Miguel H. Diaz, 45, an associate professo
May 27, 2009 1:09pm
From LifeNew.com: The Caritas Catholic health care system faces continued criticism over a health insurance bid that will result in it making abortion referrals. Massachusetts state officials awarded the bid, which has Caritas Christi Health Care joining with
May 26, 2009 10:49am
From the Washington Post: President Obama vowed last week to rein in the use of a legal privilege that allows the administration to discard lawsuits that involve "state secrets," promising that a new policy is in the works that will quell criticism by civil li
May 26, 2009 10:29am
From the L.A. Times: Reporting from Washington -- President Obama will nominate federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York to the U.S. Supreme Court today, according to White House sources, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Latino memb
May 24, 2009 3:57pm
From the Washington Post: Liberty University will no longer recognize its campus Democratic club because, officials say, the national party's platform goes against the conservative Christian school's moral principles. Officials at the private Lynchburg school
May 24, 2009 3:56pm
From USA Today: Most mainline Protestant clergy do not support legalizing gay marriage, even if they're not required to officiate at same-sex ceremonies. It was the only point on which the majority did not support gay rights, according to a survey of clergy f
Oct 15, 2009 12:00pm
R.R. Reno interviews Archbishop Charles J. Chaput about his “A Charitable Endeavor” which appeared in the November 2009 issue.
Oct 15, 2009 12:00am
R.R. Reno interviews Maura about her article “Gambling With Lives” which appeared in the November 2009 issue.
Sep 24, 2009 4:58pm
R.R. Reno interviews Mary Eberstadt about her article “What Does Woman Want?” which appeared in the October 2009 issue.
Sep 15, 2009 4:14pm
R.R. Reno interviews Alan Jacobs about his article “Beyond the Wild Wood” which appeared in the October 2009 issue.
Aug 15, 2009 4:34pm
R.R. Reno interviews Reuven Brenner about his article “The Rule of Law and the Wealth of Nations” which appeared in the August/September 2009 issue.
Aug 10, 2009 3:19pm
R.R. Reno interviews Hadley Arkes about his article “Empathy & Apathy,” which appeared in the Aug/Sept 2009 issue.
Jun 15, 2009 3:44am
R.R. Reno interviews Mary Eberstadt about her article “Pro-Animal, Pro-Life” which appeared in the June/July 2009 issue.
May 15, 2009 1:09am
R.R. Reno interviews Joseph Bottum on his article “Of Second Things—And First Things,” which appeared in the May 2009 issue.
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