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

Congratulations to YUVAL LEVIN

. . . for winning the BRADLEY PRIZE. Someone is to be praised for giving the award to someone who’s actually up and coming, and to someone who thinks outside (in some ways) the Bradley box. You would think the various potential Republican candidates would be lined up around the block hoping . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

James R. Rogers on the changing religious identities of Protestants and Catholics : While strong Protestants haven’t gained in the overall population, despite gaining proportionally among self-identified Protestants, they also haven’t lost ground in the overall population during this . . . . Continue Reading »

Soccer Players and Saints

Rorandelli Rocco for The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal ran a nice feature  this weekend on the Clericus Cup, ”a [soccer] tournament that pits squads from 16 seminaries against each other in a battle for [Rome’s] Catholic sports bragging rights—with the . . . . Continue Reading »

Is Black Sabbath a “Christian” Band?

I should, perhaps, not admit to the following in print, but here goes. When I was in fifth grade, in 1973, I bought my first record, taking my dollar to the nearest variety store and buying the 45 of a song I’d heard on the radio late at night. The record: Black Sabbath’s “Iron . . . . Continue Reading »

Three Cheers for the Twidiocracy

The latest issue of the Weekly Standard  includes a  rant against Twitter  by Matt Labash, who does not have a Twitter account. I am  on Twitter , and I like it a lot. Of course, it has its vapid and vicious aspects, but all in all, I find that Twitter is the most useful means . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 4.30.13

The Debt We Shouldn’t Pay Robert Kuttner, New York Review of Books Is the Way We Divorce About to Change? Beverly Willett and Chris Gersten, Huffington Post America as Mission Territory Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight To Malick’s Wonder Brett McCracken, Mere Orthodoxy Online Review . . . . Continue Reading »

Evangelicals and Legal Elites

At the Center for Law and Religion Forum , Michigan Law School’s Dan Crane writes about the absence of Evangelical Christians among America’s legal elites : My strong intuition is that evangelicals are grossly underrepresented in the legal elite.  To focus again on the (admittedly . . . . Continue Reading »

A Slice of Egyptian Life

We had a large number of women with us of various ages, which angered the young men who like to engage in confrontation. They addressed themselves to the women, saying: “What brought you here today? The Brotherhood has bad intentions and we don’t want to be preoccupied with you.” . . . . Continue Reading »



Filter First Thoughts Posts