First Links — 5.17.16

From First Thoughts

Is It Time for a US Christian Democracy Party?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia

The Sisters Who Treat the Untreatable
Gillian Laub and Brooke Jarvis, New York Times

Romeo and Juliet gets Local Twist in Gaza Performance
Fares Akram, Times of Israel

The Brotherhood of Moses the Black
Katie Zavadski, Daily Beast

Video: Why Poetry Matters
Dana Gioia, C-Span

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a Black Hole, Sucking the Fun out of the Universe
Sam Kriss, Wired

A Young Priest Sets the Record Straight for the Catholic Left
Fr. Kyle Doustou, Liturgy Guy

Death by GPS
Greg Milner, Ars Technica

The Little Sisters of the Poor Just Beat the Obama Administration at the Supreme Court
David French, National Review

First Links — 5.13.2016

From First Thoughts

Captain America: Civil War Puts Humanity Before Spectacle
Alexi Sargeant, Acculturated

What Is the Benedict Option, and Why Might It Be Coming to Your Neighborhood?
John Burger, Aleteia

A Confession of Liberal Intolerance
Nicholas Kristoff, New York Times

The Seven Deadly Social Networks
Robinson Meyer, Atlantic

Pope to Set Up Commission to Study Possibility of Women Deacons
Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register

What the Book Really Means
Melanie Bettinelli, Wine Dark Sea

Would the World be a Better Place Without People like my Daughter?
Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail

Shakespeare as All-Too-Modern Nightmare
Sohrab Ahmari, Wall Street Journal

Gene Editing: New Technology, Old Moral Questions
Brendan P. Foht, New Atlantis

First Links — 5.6.16

From First Thoughts

Ascension Day Couldn't Be More Timely
Peter M. Burfeind, Federalist

The Spark of Life Meets IVF (and Uncle Andrew)
Simcha Fisher, Aleteia

That Thing You Think Is an Allegory Isn't an Allegory!
Laura Miller, Slate

Poland: Europe's Forgotten Democratic Ancestor
Adriel Kasonta, National Interest

Why Aren't Other Dioceses Looking to Lincoln?
Brian Williams, Liturgy Guy

Demoncracies End When They Are Too Democratic
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine

Reclaiming “Redneck” Urbanism: What Urban Planners Can Learn From Trailer Parks
Nolan Gray, Market Urbanism

In Defense of BYU's Honor Code
Damon Linker, The Week

All that’s Gehrish
Bruce Cole, New Criterion

What We've Been Reading—4.29.16

From First Thoughts

In anticipation of a film adaptation by Martin Scorsese (due this fall), I read Shusaku Endo’s Silence. It’s the story of a Jesuit priest, the most polished product of the counter-reformation Church, sailing to Japan and there encountering brutal persecution.

First Links — 4.29.16

From First Thoughts

Give Us This Day Our Daily Hedgehog
Leah Libresco, Aleteia

The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu's Treasures from Al-Quaeda
Joshua Hammer, Wall Street Journal

Corporeality Bites
Rachel Lu, National Review

China may be Readying New Crackdown on Religion
Associated Press, Crux

A Conversation with Camile Paglia
Tyler Cowen, Medium

Shakespeare Not Our Contemporary
James Bowman, New Criterion

The Smug Style in American Liberalism
Emmett Rensin, Vox

How I Discovered True Masculinity
Matt Moore, Gospel Coalition

My Unexpected Pregnancy Turned Out Better Than Everyone Expected
Heather Scott, Verily

First Links — 4.22.16

From First Thoughts

What They Didn’t Teach You in School about Harriet Tubman
Eli Lehrer, National Review

The Medal of St. Benedict: Bracelet Edition
Richard Beck, Experimental Theology

Shakespeare, Cervantes, and the Romance of the Real
R. V. Young, Modern Age

The Baptism of Poland
Andrzej Duda, Rorate Caeli

Trump's Putin Fantasy
Timothy Snyder, New York Review of Books

Why Our Evangelism Doesn't Work
Elliot Milco, Paraphasic

The Imaginary Suicide of Mrs. Darling
Elyse Byrnes, Lingua Barbara

Midnight Special's Supernatural Faith
Tim Markatos, Acculturated

400 Years After Shakespeare’s Death, He’s Still Required Reading (Even For Econ Majors)
Leah Libresco, FiveThirtyEight

What We've Been Reading—4.15.16

From First Thoughts

Mark BauerleinTwo nights ago, I found The Bonfire of the Vanities on the shelf and began reading. It was the blockbuster book of the 1980s, catching the spirit of the age in all its glittery egotism (“Masters of the Universe”) and cheap urban politics (the opening scene is an 80s version . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 4.15.16

From First Thoughts

The Defense of Catholic Marriage
Ross Douthat, New York Times

Distributism is the Future
Gene Callahan, American Conservative

Catholic Astronauts Keeping the Faith in Space
Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service

Conservative Movement Overturns 800-Year-Old Passover Ban on Rice and Legumes
Liza Schoenfein, Forward

What it Feels Like to be Hunted by Drones
Malik Jalal, Independent

Christopher Hitchens and the Hound of Heaven
Brian Mattson, Gospel Coalition

How Shakespeare Lives Now
Stephen Greenblatt, New York Review of Books

Every Biblical Reference in Hamilton
Alissa Wilkinson, Christianity Today

Can an Outsider Truly Become Amish?
Kelsey Osgood, Atlas Obscura