Letters

From the February 2018 Print Edition

DEADLY DESERTS Paul Griffiths’s sneering review of our book, By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed (“Against Capital Punishment,” December 2017), illustrates how much bile—and how little charity—is often to be found in those who speak the loudest of mercy and humanity. Griffiths suggests . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the February 2018 Print Edition

The History of Courts and Procedure in Medieval Canon Lawedited by wilfried hartmann and kenneth penningtoncatholic university of america, 512 pages, $75 In this lively and detailed collection of articles concerning the development of judicial practice during the Middle Ages, the reader is presented . . . . Continue Reading »

Letters

From the January 2018 Print Edition

PROTESTANT PARANOIA? R. R. Reno confirms Samuel Gregg’s suspicion that First Things is tempering its embrace of free markets (“Building Bridges, Not Walls,” November). Perhaps he can confirm—or deny—whether the journal is also rethinking its commitment to the free exercise of . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the January 2018 Print Edition

Bonds of Wool: The Pallium and Papal Power in the Middle Agesby steven a. schoenig, s.j.catholic university of america, 544 pages, $75 Each year on the Feast of St. Agnes, a curious ritual takes place in Rome: Two young lambs are brought to the Church of St. Agnes Outside the Walls, where they are . . . . Continue Reading »

Letters

From the December 2017 Print Edition

CONTEMPT OF COURT James Nuechterlein (“Remembering Peter Berger,” October) feels that the 1996 First Things symposium on the judicial usurpation of politics was inappropriate because it cast doubts on the legitimacy of American political order. As it is, however, the problem is still with us. If . . . . Continue Reading »

Letters

From the November 2017 Print Edition

BURNING BRIDGES I would like to thank First Things for the kind invitation to respond to Fr. Paul Mankowski’s review of my book Building a Bridge (“Pontifex Minimus,” August/September). Sadly, I found the review almost entirely divorced from the experience of the majority of LGBT Catholics in . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the November 2017 Print Edition

John Witherspoon’s American Revolution:  Enlightenment and Religion from the Creation of Britain to the Founding of the United States by gideon mailer university of north carolina, 440 pages, $45 Were John Witherspoon living today, he would be a regular contributor to First . . . . Continue Reading »

Letters

From the October 2017 Print Edition

SACRAMENTS, NOT SWEETS James Zacchaeus’s story (“Thanks for Everything, Pope Francis,” June/July) is a testimony to what can result when a Catholic couple treats Christ’s commandments on marriage as divine guidance requiring obedience for their own good rather than an unachievable ideal . . . . Continue Reading »

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From the October 2017 Print Edition

Luther and His Progeny: 500 Years of Protestantism and Its Consequences for Church, State, and Society edited by john c. rao angelico, 290 pages, $19.95 This collection of twelve essays tracks the long shadow cast by Martin Luther on modern society over the past five centuries. Addressing a range of . . . . Continue Reading »

Letters

From the Aug/Sept 2017 Print Edition

R. R. Reno is sympathetic to nationalism because he sees it as a reaction against disenchantment (“Return of the Strong Gods,” May). While I agree that “the banishment of love from our politics is creating the populism that presently troubles us,” it doesn’t strike me that this populism . . . . Continue Reading »