A transformed American culture calls for a new and different Evangelical engagement of politics.
Growing up in a Southern Baptist church in the 1970s and ’80s, I heard quite a bit about “the Rapture.” This was the dispensationalist apocalyptic teaching that some day, some day very soon, born-again Christians would be secretly whisked away to heaven, righ
The Back Page
Some years ago, when I was teaching in a respected department in a prestigious university in one of the older states of the union (note how nimbly I pirouette past specifics there), a slightly more senior member of the faculty stopped me in the hallway to tra
A review of God’s Kindness Has Overwhelmed Us
God’s Kindness Has Overwhelmed Us: A Contemporary Doctrine of the Jews as the Chosen People by jerome (yehudah) gellman academic studies, 120 pages, $59 As German-Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig observed a hundred years ago, Jewish chosenness is not on
Praising and critiquing one of the twentieth century’s greatest theologians.
Most noted for his work at the intersection of theology and science, for which he was feted in 1978 with the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, and as co-editor of the English version of Karl Barth’s monumental Church Dogmatics, Thomas Forsyth Torrance
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
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
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
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
In recent years, conservative Aristotelian-Thomists like Patrick Deneen and Alasdair MacIntyre have made the argument that a moral philosophy entailing a substantive account of human happiness or fulfillment is simply incompatible with the American liberal-de
Two hundred miles I sojourned yesterday to see one tractor and its drill seeding the Fargo clay. For me that’s always April’s greatest thrill which this year came in May. Snowmelt soaked into soil. None ran downhill so our forecasted flood
On the Square
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
Dec 4, 2013 12:02am
When Terrence Malick returned to film-making in 1999 after a twenty-year hiatus, I certainly didn’t notice. I was holed up in some empty East Village broom-closet theater watching Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s marathon Unser Hitler, or perhaps Aleksandr Sokurov
Dec 4, 2013 12:00am
In his 2008 book, The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America, Boston College historian James M. O’Toole did a fine job of fleshing out the conventional U.S. Catholic story-line by emphasizing the role prominent lay men and women played in the Catholic ex
Dec 3, 2013 12:02am
Democrats eager to get Obamacare out of the headlines will soon have their opportunity. The House–Senate conference committee about the national farm bill is underway, and the most contentious issue is whether to cut the Food Stamps program by up to $40 b
Dec 3, 2013 12:00am
When Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines in early November, the nation suffered catastrophic devastation, including the tragic loss of over 10,000 lives. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow sent a letter of condolence, praying for relief for the people
Dec 2, 2013 12:05am
’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 2, 2013 12:02am
Now it’s certain. This will be a populist papacy. Denunciations of unfettered free market economics in Evangelii Gaudium—“an economy of exclusion and inequality”—attracted a great deal of attention in the secular press. But for the most part commentators
Dec 2, 2013 12:00am
How much can one learn about another person in slightly less than one month—especially a person never seen before nor met again? “Not very much,” would be a reasonable answer. Yet that was not true of a special friendship I developed with AME Bishop Sarah
Nov 29, 2013 12:00am
I remember a particular child custody case as a young lawyer. At the preliminary court hearing, opposing counsel and I engaged in a pretty heated hallway discussion. But lawyers argue for a living. I thought it was just the usual chest-bumping. The cas
In the News Results
May 24, 2009 3:56pm
From the AP: A Republican House member wants President Barack Obama to make 2010 the year of the Bible. There's no sign that Obama will get the chance in the foreseeable future. Georgia Rep. Paul Broun's resolution would have no force of law if passed. And it
May 24, 2009 3:55pm
From GMA News: The Vatican said Saturday it will publish a new document for Chinese Catholics as a follow-up to a 2007 letter that Pope Benedict XVI addressed to that community. The document, written in a question-and-answer format like the Catechism of the
May 1, 2009 12:01am
R.R. Reno interviews First Things’ new associate editor David Goldman on his article “Demographics & Depression,” which appeared in the May 2009 issue.
May 1, 2009 12:00am
R. R. Reno interviews Gary Anderson on his article “Faith & Finance,” which appeared in the May 2009 issue.
Apr 15, 2009 1:41am
R.R. Reno interviews Maria McFadden Maffucci on her remembrance of Father Richard John Neuhaus and the “Rockford Raid,” which appeared in the April 2009 issue.
Apr 1, 2009 12:00am
R.R. Reno interviews Midge Decter on her remembrance of Father Richard John Neuhaus, which appeared in the April 2009 edition.
Mar 15, 2009 11:46pm
R. R. Reno interviews John C. Green on his article “What Happened to the Values Voter?,” which appeared in the March 2009 issue.
Mar 15, 2009 12:59pm
R.R. Reno interviews Yuval Levin on his article “Biotech: What to Expect” which appeared in the March 2009 issue.
Jan 15, 2009 1:09am
R.R. Reno interviews Joseph Bottum on his article “Abortion After Obama,” as well as Richard John Neuhaus' article, “The Pro-Life Movement as the Politics of the 1960s,” both of which appeared in the January 2009 issue.
Dec 15, 2008 10:56am
R.R. Reno interviews Joseph Bottum on his article “Children’s Books, Lost and Found,” which appeared in the December 2008 issue.
Nov 15, 2008 1:32pm
R.R. Reno interviews Amy Julia Becker on her article “Babies Perfect and Imperfect,” which appeared in the November 2008 edition.
Oct 10, 2008 12:14pm
R. R. Reno interviews Gerald McDermott on his exchange with Bruce D. Porter entitled “Is Mormonism Christian?”, which appeared in the October 2008 issue.
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