Orwell and Paterno

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Gary Alan Fine at the New York Times finds Penn State’s “vacating” of victories from the sports history of the school from 1998 to 2011 a move Orwell might have written about, had horse and porker not been serviceable for his purposes. His conclusion: Social institutions, like the . . . . Continue Reading »

Part of the Deal

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As of yesterday, doctors in South Dakota  must advise patients seeking abortions of the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions that come with it. Obviously contested, we’re told by Planned Parenthood CEO Sarah Stoesz that the statue would “burden abortion rights and violate . . . . Continue Reading »

Religion, the New Pornography

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Writing for cityArts , Maureen Mullarkey reviews a new exhibition at the DC Moore Gallery, American (ir)religiosity :  Censorship battles over sexually explicit imagery have been won. That old X-rated thrill is gone. Nowadays, organs and orifices are as transgressive as your parish bulletin. . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 7.12.12

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Reparative Therapy Renounced  Erik Eckholm, New York Times Even More About NFIB v. Sebelius Tom Christina, Library of Law & Liberty David Oderberg’s New Location Via Edward Feser, David S. Soderberg Front Porched Avengers David Masciotra, Front Porch Republic William Gilpin’s . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 7.11.12

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Herbert Hoover’s American Exceptionalism John Hendrickson, Library of Law and Liberty Same-Sex Marriage and the Revolt Against Metropolitan Jonah Fr. Johannes Jacobse, American Orthodox Institute What’s in a Name, or “The Individual Mandate is a Unicorn” Bruce P. . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 7.10.12

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Chief Justice Roberts and the Changing Conservative Movement Joe Alicea, Public Discourse Does Quantum Physics Make It Easier to Believe in God? Stephen M. Barr, Big Questions Online Paint-by-Number Hymns Anthony Esolen, Catholic World Report  Atheist Teleology Edward Feser, Edward Feser . . . . Continue Reading »

Anna Williams, New Junior Fellow

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First Things warmly welcomes a new Junior Fellow, Anna Williams, who flew in to New York City just yesterday evening. A brief bio: Anna Williams is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College and a former Collegiate Network fellow on USA TODAY’s editorial board. At Hillsdale, she studied English . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 7.6.12

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Sex Abuse and the Study of Religion Kathryn Lofton, Immanent Frame RJN and the HHS “Catholic Moment” C.J. McCloskey III, Catholic Thing “Only Liberty?” Patrick Brennen, Mirror of Justice The Ideal Economy of Wilhelm Roepke Ralph E. Ancil, Imaginative Conservative Cheer Up, . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links - 7.5.12

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The Varieties of Nihilistic Experience, Part II Anthony Distefano, Catholic Phoenix Elusive God Particle: Found Steve O’Connor, Belfast Telegraph  Romney’s Ceasefire on Obamacare? Bryon York, The Examiner  The New Context for the Contraceptive Mandate Br. Thomas More Garrett, . . . . Continue Reading »