Putting First Things First

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Richard John Neuhaus, who passed away January 8, 2009 , published this editorial in the first issue of First Things . “When in the course of human events . . . ” Thus Jefferson and his associates, evincing a “decent respect to the opinions of mankind,” began their explanation of what they . . . . Continue Reading »

“Father Forgive Them”?

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The first word from the cross: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Christians call them the Triduum Sacrum, the three most sacred days of the year, the three most sacred days of all time when time is truly told. Maundy Thursday, so called because that night before he was betrayed . . . . Continue Reading »

Our American Babylon

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This essay by Richard John Neuhaus was originally printed in the December 2005 issue of First Things .Once upon a time¯it was the 1976 bicentennial of the American founding, to be precise¯I wrote a book on the American experiment and the idea of covenant. Time magazine picked up on it and . . . . Continue Reading »

While We’re At It

From the January 2009 Print Edition

While We’re At It • Here’s an interesting statement by Rod Dreher of the Dallas Morning News , who also runs the “Crunchy Con” blog on beliefnet.com. Some years ago he was giving major attention to the sex-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, and a priest warned him that . . . . Continue Reading »

Support First Things

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Dear First Things Reader,“God loves a cheerful giver,” St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians. Over almost twenty years, the readers of First Things have demonstrated that they are generous givers, and I would like to think that you are cheerful givers as well.To be sure, this year is not like . . . . Continue Reading »

The “American” Religion

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The great contest is over the culture, the guiding ideas and habits of mind and heart that inform the way we understand the world and our place in it. Christians who, knowingly or unknowingly, embrace the model of “Christ without culture”—meaning Christianity in indifference to culture—are . . . . Continue Reading »

Support First Things

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Dear First Things Reader,“God loves a cheerful giver,” St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians. Over almost twenty years, the readers of First Things have demonstrated that they are generous givers, and I would like to think that you are cheerful givers as well.To be sure, this year is not like . . . . Continue Reading »

The Religion Business

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In recent weeks, we’ve been reflecting on the “Christ and culture” question as classically framed by H. Richard Niebuhr.Recall the five ways of thinking about this: Christ against culture, the Christ of culture, Christ above culture, Christ and culture in paradox , and Christ . . . . Continue Reading »