Matthew Schmitz is literary editor of First Things. His writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Spectator, the Hedgehog Review, and other publications. He holds an A.B. in English from Princeton University.

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Pilgrims of Progress

From the May 2017 Print Edition

America’s national epic was not written in meter and verse. Nor, for that matter, was it written by an American. Yet The Pilgrim’s Progress is nonetheless the primal American story, the account of our mad flight from order and lonely quest for grace. Hemmed in by civilization, resentful of kin, . . . . Continue Reading »

Violent Lessons

From the January 2017 Print Edition

Children are not exposed to enough violence. Yes, I know the grim statistics, how a child who enters middle school has already witnessed 8,000 murders and 100,000 other violent acts on TV. As he and his friends enter adolescence, they take up first-person shooter video games. In college, he becomes . . . . Continue Reading »