Support First Things by turning your adblocker off or by making a  donation. Thanks!

Why Are We So Offended All the Time?

From First Thoughts

Ok, so I rarely post over here. Sorry. But I figure the least I can do is cross-post once in awhile from my “real” blog. So here goes.*****Let me start with the caveats. Many people suffer at the hands of others. The world can be unfair, at times mercilessly so. Millions of people in the . . . . Continue Reading »

Justification: Here I Stand

From First Thoughts

A few weeks ago an editor from the Christian Science Monitor emailed to ask if I would consider writing an opinion piece on the doctrine of justification. This sounded unusual to say the least.   First of all, why was he asking me? (Because a friend of mine passed along my name I found . . . . Continue Reading »

What’s Wrong With Us?

From First Thoughts

If you’ve ever struggled to explain what went wrong with evangelicalism, or if you’ve ever been embarrassed to be around conservative, doctrinal Christians, here’s several popular villains to make sense of your angst.  Once you find a way to include all of them into your . . . . Continue Reading »

Defining Discourse Down

From Web Exclusives

No one has mistaken our day as an age of powerful, rational discourse. The McLaughlin Group doesn’t usually evoke memories of Lincoln-Douglas, and Twittering about your favorite bagel from Panera isn’t exactly correspondence on the level of John and Abigail Adams.But perhaps I’m being unfair. . . . . Continue Reading »