Support First Things by turning your adblocker off or by making a  donation. Thanks!

Appearing tomorrow “On the Square”: Joseph Bottum reflects on the expected execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner this coming Friday as “a strong example of why we don’t need to use the death penalty—and why, as a consequence, we need not to use the death penalty.”

Update: Tomorrow now being today, this article, titled “Blood for Blood,” can be found here .

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.

Will you give today?

Make My Gift

Comments are visible to subscribers only. Log in or subscribe to join the conversation.



Filter First Thoughts Posts

Related Articles