Please support First Things by turning your adblocker off. Thanks!

The Monster's Servant

From the November 2018 Print Edition

Thomas Cromwell:  A Revolutionary Life by diarmaid macculloch viking, 752 pages, $40 They said it could not be done. At least Sir Geoffrey Elton, to whose memory his former doctoral student has dedicated this book, said it could not be done. According to him, as Diarmaid MacCulloch reminds us, . . . . Continue Reading »

A Church in Doubt

From the April 2018 Print Edition

To Change the Church:  Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism by ross douthat simon and schuster, 256 pages, $26 It is beyond question that the Roman Catholic Church is currently in the throes of one of the greatest crises in its two-millennium history. In human terms, its future might be . . . . Continue Reading »

Popery and Sedition

From the January 2018 Print Edition

Gunpowdera miniseries created by ronan bennett, kit harrington, and daniel westbbc one Though its preeminence has been challenged in recent years, the Gunpowder Plot remains the most famous terrorist conspiracy in England’s history. A group of English Catholics, disillusioned by years of punitive . . . . Continue Reading »