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Chief Rabbi Bernheim’s Letter

From First Thoughts

Here, for those who read French, is the Chief Rabbi’s site containing the open letter to which Benedict’s Christmas address referred.  Those who don’t read French might want to revisit the Thirteen Theses . A sample:  Que l’on ait l’une ou l’autre des . . . . Continue Reading »

Rejoinder to Blankenhorn

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Thank you, David, for your reply . Little these days surprises me, though some things in our culture do alarm me, as they do also you; and I am grateful for the way in which you have translated your alarm into positive action over these many years. Your response, however, surprises me a little, as . . . . Continue Reading »

Selma Revisited

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At , David Blankenhorn is not willing to grant R. R. Reno’s dismissal of the “Selma Analogy.” I’m sure, he says, that Rusty Reno knows as well as anyone that almost no gay people (certainly no openly gay people, or at least none that I can think of) . . . . Continue Reading »

Black, White, and Grey

From First Thoughts

I’d like to thank Mark Chapman of Ripon College Cuddesdon for noticing that my Ascension Theology (T&T Clark 2011) “even includes coloured pictures” in its “ambitious . . . survey of scripture and tradition.” We went to a lot of trouble, not to mention expense, with . . . . Continue Reading »

Stomach over Nerve

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David Blankenhorn, who contributed greatly to the defense of marriage and suffered for the cause, confesses his current state of mind with this one sentence: “As I look at what our society needs most today, I have no stomach for what we often too glibly call ‘culture wars.’ . . . . Continue Reading »

The Dignifying Family

From the November 2011 Print Edition

Those who lost their rights but kept their dignity, as John Paul II and the Polish people once did, know the difference between the two. “Of themselves, rights are not enough,” Blessed John Paul insisted. Rights must be grounded in dignity, and the granting of rights in the recognition of . . . . Continue Reading »