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To all SHS readers and commenters: We had some technical difficulties here at SHS over the holiday, and I was unable to upload any posts, nor were the comments people made uploaded. The problem seems to be fixed now. Good thing: I was going through withdrawal.

I continued to post during that time, so there are a few up now, including a missive on the new year. Sorry for any inconvenience, and again, Happy New Year to all.

Dear Reader,

We launched the First Things 2023 Year-End Campaign to keep articles like the one you just read free of charge to everyone.

Measured in dollars and cents, this doesn't make sense. But consider who is able to read First Things: pastors and priests, college students and professors, young professionals and families. Last year, we had more than three million unique readers on

Informing and inspiring these people is why First Things doesn't only think in terms of dollars and cents. And it's why we urgently need your year-end support.

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