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

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Religion and Public Life at Macy’s

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As a read through the First Things archive can attest, the intersection of religion, culture, and public life is usually complex enough to require analysis, not mere observation as a spectator. New York City, the ” prolepsis of the New Jerusalem ,” has been a venue for quite a bit of . . . . Continue Reading »

Hermeneutical Americanism

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Back in our December 2009 issue, we published a While We’re At It needling Conservapedia , the curious online home of the Conservative Bible Project . The underpinnings of that project, it seemed, stressed conservatism first and Christianity second. Sneering leftist hermeneuts, it’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Communion as a Political Statement

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If a politician stood before us and proclaimed, polemically, that his campaign would be entirely without polemics, would we believe him? Or, worse, if he said his campaign would try to avoid politics? Tyranny over language either works or backfires spectacularly in political movements, and each . . . . Continue Reading »

O Sting …

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Popular in requiems and funereal music, 1 Corinthians 15:55 can rouse tear-sodden lids, but sees only the rarest treatment in music’s popular genres. To dispatch with this dilemma, poet David Musgrave has infused the verse with new musical nuance in a poem titled “On the Inevitable . . . . Continue Reading »

That’s Going on Your Permanent Record

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Google’s expanding empire has of late met with harsh criticism on the fronts of privacy and censorship, but has so far retained a magisterial air—making few concessions and continuing to push acceptance of its new technological paradigms. Amidst criticism that the company has done little . . . . Continue Reading »