Fr. Thomas King, S. J. (1929–2009)

From First Thoughts

Legendary Georgetown University theology professor, Fr. Thomas King, S. J., died last night. He was the founding president of University Faculty for Life, an academic society on whose board I sit. We will miss our beloved Fr. King. The following appeared last night on the website of The Hoya , . . . . Continue Reading »

The Church of Cirque du Soleil

From First Thoughts

That is the title of my recently published review of Kerry Kennedy’s Being Catholic Now . Here’s an excerpt from the review that appeared in the June 2009 issue of The Catholic World Report . As if to provide a definitive example of the lack of serious intellectual curiosity about the . . . . Continue Reading »

Rejoinder to Miller’s Response

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Robert T. Miller is one of my favorite First Things contributors. So it is indeed an honor that he would think my post on Richard Dawkins worthy of critique .I am not going to quibble with Miller’s claim that there is a distinction between purpose and function, for I do not think it is . . . . Continue Reading »