First Links — 4.1.16

From First Thoughts

Risen and Not Undead (or, Why Jesus is Not a Zombie)
Rebecca Bratten Weiss, Patheos

Monks And At-Risk Teens Run School Together With 98% Graduation Rate
Sarah Grossman, Huffington Post

I'm A Christian and I Hate Christian Movies
Alissa Wilkinson, Thrillist

Will a Silent Majority Overthrow Architecture's Elite?
David Brussat, American Conservative

The Return of Eugenics
Fraser Nelson, Spectator

The Law of Benedict
Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse

Superman and the Damage Done
Devin Faraci, Birth.Movies.Death

Chivalry and the Millenial Guy
Cerith Gardiner, Aleteia

What We've Been Reading—3.25.16

From First Thoughts

Mark BauerleinLife Magazine, September 6, 1948—It was on the coffee table at a friend's house, and I have just spent the last hour poring over it. There is Joe DiMaggio under the lights slamming a double to beat the Athletics. A few pages later there's an editorial entitled “How Red a . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 3.25.16

From First Thoughts

Winter's Tale: The Icy Pang of Contrition and the Gift of Thawing Grace
Alexi Sargeant, Aleteia

‘This doubtful day of feast or fast': Good Friday and the Annunciation
Clerk of Oxford, A Clerk of Oxford

Building the Virtuous Neighborhood
Matthew Loftus, American Conservative

Why I'm Becoming a Catholic at Easter
K. Albert Little, Patheos

How Hieronymus Bosch Defied the Ideals of an Age
Michael Prodger, New Statesman

Personal Love and the Call to Chastity
Samantha Schroeder, Public Discourse

God's Hidden Call
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Rabbi Sacks

Alas, Poor William Shakespeare. Where Does His Skull Rest?
Christopher D. Shea, New York Times

Davenant House, Christian Community, and the Work of Study Centers
Jake Meador, Mere Orthodoxy

First Links — 3.22.16

From First Thoughts

Religion's Place in a Religiously Violent World
Miroslav Volf, Christianity Today

In Fear and Trembling
Br. Hyacinth Grubb, Dominicana

How Will Young People Choose Their Religions?
Emma Green, Atlantic

Not Jew-ish but a Jew
Mark Oppenheimer, Tablet

‘The Passion': Jesus' Final Hours as a Halftime Show
Mike Hale, New York Times

Terrence Malick’s Frustrating Film Theology
Tim Markatos, Acculturated

It's the Character
Mona Charen, Townhall

Why Cooking Matters
Gracey Olmstead, American Conservative

First Links — 3.17.16

From First Thoughts

Screwtape in Vegas
Leah Libresco, Commonweal

Full Interview with the Pope Emeritus
Benedict XVI, Catholic World Report

Daredevil Wrestling with God
Alexi Sargeant, Acculturated

London's Religious Awakening
Ben Judah, Catholic Herald

Thinking Aloud: Stanley Fish as a Journalist
Mark Bauerlein, Weekly Standard

Why Are So Many Smart People Such Idiots About Philosophy?
Olivia Goldhill, Quartz

Othello's Wicked Magic
Kate Havard, Washington Free Beacon

The Theology of Donald Trump
Michael Horton, Christianity Today

Two Monks Invent Denominations
Mallory Ortberg, Toast

First Links — 3.15.16

From First Thoughts

Mother Teresa Canonization Set for September 4
Greg Kundra, Aleteia

Trump and Trump Protesters Feed Off Each Other
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

What Has Rome to do with Iowa City?
Jonathan McDonald, Dappled Things

The Shalem Experiment
Kate Havard, Weekly Standard

Through Wendell Berry's Looking Glass
Gracy Olmstead, American Conservative

History of English in Five Words
Simon Horobin, Quantz

An Ecumenical Ecology of Man
Eduardo Echeverria, Oecomene

Hearing the Lost Sounds of Antiquity
Adrienne LaFrance, Atlantic

What We've Been Reading—3.11.16

From First Thoughts

Daniel Asia has edited the proceedings of a conference held in March 2014 at the University of Arizona, the book entitled, The Future of (High) Culture in America.

It's a lively volume with contributions by Terry Teachout (drama critic for the Wall Street Journal), Carol Iannone (editor of Academic Questions), and Asia himself (a distinguished composer and professor of composition at U of A), among others, and they all get to the heart of the problem of high culture at the present time in America. . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 3.11.16

From First Thoughts

How Much Should Lent Hurt?
Father Robert McTeigue, SJ, Aleteia

The Renewal of Metaphysics and the Rebirth of Christian Society
Elliot Milco, Paraphasic

Evangelists Adapt to a New Era, Preaching the Gospel to Skeptics
Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times

Who Are Trump's Christians
Ivan Plis, National Interest

Must Theatre Always Sneer at Religion?
Theo Hobson, Spectator

The Redundancy of House of Cards
Jake Meador, Mere Orthodoxy

An Appeal to Our Fellow Catholics
Robert P. George and George Weigel, National Review

The Broderers of St. Paul's Cathedral
The Gentle Author, Spitalfields Life

First Links — 3.4.16

From First Thoughts

What Wouldn't Jesus Do?
Peter Wehner, New York Times

Character, Flourishing, and the Good Life
David Brooks and Miroslav Volf, Yale Center for Faith and Culture

A Paleocon, an Otherkin, and a Saint Walk Into a Bar
Kate Havard, Washington Free Beacon

The Lost Hope of Self-Help
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, Aeon

Out in the Fields with God
Eve Tushnet, American Conservative

Academic Freedom in Conformist Times
Roger Scruton, Spiked

Embracing Our Pagan Heritage
Chase Padusniak, Patheos

No Longer Calm, But Alive: Robert Royal's Catholic Humanism
R. J. Snell, Public Discourse