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In the Shadow of Progress

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Readers of First Things will thoroughly enjoy Eric Cohen’s new book, In the Shadow of Progress , released this month from Encounter Books. Last week, Leon Kass introduced the book at an event put on by The New Atlantis at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC (audio available . . . . Continue Reading »

Another Reason to Travel to Belgium

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Here’s another reason to travel to Belgium, if the world’s best beer and chocolate weren’t enough to draw you there already: its beautiful, well-preserved beguinages . If feminism means a desire for independence from patriarchal authority, the beguines — a Roman Catholic laic . . . . Continue Reading »

The Dark Knight

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Yesterday, Thomas Hibbs gave a praising review of Christopher Nolan’s latest achievement , The Dark Knight here on the First Things website: With the record-setting release of The Dark Knight , his sequel to Batman Begins , Christopher Nolan . . . stakes his claim to be our most inventive and . . . . Continue Reading »

Humanae Vitae turns 40

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Mary Eberstadt’s excellent piece from our current issue — viewable online for free — ” The Vindication of Humanae Vitae .” In it, you’ll find a comprehensive survey of the current data which, although drawn from . . . . Continue Reading »

Save St. Nick’s

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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, built in 1916 across the street from what would become the home of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, is a little-known casualty of the September 11 attacks. The four-story church collapsed with the fall of the south tower, leaving only “a handful . . . . Continue Reading »

Obama in Zanesville

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According to New York Times , Senator Obama went yesterday to Zanesville, Ohio, where he expressed his support for faith-based organizations—or, as he put it, for fulfilling the failed promises that the Bush administration had made. “When I’m President,” he said, . . . . Continue Reading »

Who Will Save Catholic Schools?

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Every generation lives off the cultural inheritance of its predecessors. Among that inheritance for today’s American Catholics is a network of parochial schools built by their immigrant forebears, which served both to teach the faith and ground the community.But today, many of those Catholic . . . . Continue Reading »