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Kevin Staley-Joyce is an Assistant Editor at First Things.

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Is Your Church Too Churchy?

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Over at USA Today ’s Faith and Reason blog, a suspiciously told story of a high school graduation ceremony held at a public auditorium . . . err, megachurch. The organizers say it doesn’t look churchy enough to violate the separation of church and everything else. USA Today thinks . . . . Continue Reading »

The Pro-Life/Pro-Choice Generation Gap

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Anyone who attends the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. can’t help but see the plain fact that the pro-life movement is young, enthusiastic, and as varied in social makeup as any group that marches on Washington. Perhaps this is the reason the nation’s media perennially fail to . . . . Continue Reading »

Anthony Flew, RIP

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We were sad to hear recently of the passing of prominent atheist-turned-deist Antony Flew, whose obituary can be found at the London Times . He was, among a multitude of accomplishments, the author of There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind . A piece he penned . . . . Continue Reading »

Re: God Also Created Mars

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I’m keen on your mention, Joe, of the role of fascination and wonder in driving young Americans to choose careers in science (and, accordingly, the role of NASA’s periodic monotony in creating apathy among astronauts-to-be). Noted astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson recently addressed this . . . . Continue Reading »

Glenn Beck and the Young Conservatives

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A taping of the Glenn Beck show last night was my first view inside the media-maligned but popularly acclaimed Fox News Network, as I joined thirty or so college-age conservatives in a feature titled “Time to be Heard: Young Conservatives.” Held as a town hall-style discussion, . . . . Continue Reading »

Connecting the Dots on Maciel

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Among the undercurrents of Church journalism over the past week is a clear desire among news providers to connect dots within the Church—sometimes where the case for neither a connection nor a dot can be made. An article in the Los Angeles Times yesterday hearkened back to the shameful story . . . . Continue Reading »

Nancy Pelosi, Theocrat

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Imagine this: A conservative congresswoman, her voice edgy with religious fervor, stands before a press corps announcing her intention to end abortion rights in her state, and alongside her appallingly theocratic claims that human life at all stages of development is of equal value, she quotes the . . . . Continue Reading »