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David Mills is former executive editor of First Things.

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A Vegetarian Sign of Contradiction

From First Thoughts

“You’re not becoming a vegetarian, are you?” said a friend who was actually scowling at me, when I ordered a salad at lunch. I wasn’t, as it happened, but only eating lightly because we were going to a banquet in the evening and I wanted to take full advantage of the free . . . . Continue Reading »

The Foundations’ Wicked Past

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The old newspaper clipping shows two families, one descended from a white man and a black woman and the other descended from two white people, with the text, “Interesting researches by the Carnegie Institute disprove the popular notion that a ‘pass-for-white’ person married to a . . . . Continue Reading »

Introducing Dr. Trueman & Mr. Barrett

From First Thoughts

I am pleased to introduce two friends who have recently joined the list of regular writers for “First Thoughts.” We are honored, touched, moved, pleased as punch, happy as clams, and tickled pink to have them. Readers of the magazine may recognize Mark Barrett, as he has been quoted . . . . Continue Reading »

Oakes on Hart

From First Thoughts

Our good friend Fr. Edward Oakes, S.J., with the editor and me a member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together, has written a very good review of David Hart’s The Experience of God . “One would be hard put,” he says, “to find a more thorough and a more devastating refutation . . . . Continue Reading »

Back Into the Fold

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“I had drifted away a little bit. This book has brought me back into the fold. I was so incredibly struck in writing these stories by the incredible power faith had in people’s lives, it has made a profound impact on me in my belief. That’s been the completely unexpected . . . . Continue Reading »

Don’t Prostitute Yourself, Miss Cyrus

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Sinead O’Connor offers an argument for what is effectively chastity in the way young women present themselves in public, and in particular in relation to the way one misguided young woman, Miley Cyrus, presents herself in public. In an open letter prompted by Cyrus’s claim that one of . . . . Continue Reading »