First Links — 9.25.13

Communing with a Lubavitcher ‘Saint?’ Mark Kellner, GetReligion Philosophy Needs Conversation Nigel Warburton, Aeon Small Towns and Supersized Spirituality Jake Meador, Christianity Today How Flannery O’Connor Did Money Brooke Hatfield, Billfold Roots, Limits, Love Mark Mitchell, . . . . Continue Reading »

Does Ted Cruz Have A Second Act?

Ross Douthat shrewdly notes the differences between Ted Cruz and guys like Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Mike Lee. Rubio is trying to move the Republican position on immigration in the direction of amnesty-first + expanded low-skill immigration. Rand Paul has developed an articulate, . . . . Continue Reading »

Does Darwin Explain It All?

It’s inevitable that we’d have a moment with our friend Darwinian Larry in the technology class. The Louis C.K. moment was not inevitable. Who would have guessed he would have provided a “teachable moment” about Pascal? I watched most of the Emmys at a time most TV lovers . . . . Continue Reading »

But I Could’ve Told You, Vincent

The problem isn’t that Pope Francis doesn’t understand our context, says Thomas G. Guarino in today’s On the Square ; the problem is that we don’t understand his theology: Throughout his work, however, Vincent ardently insists that “development” can never mean a . . . . Continue Reading »

Joshua Cave Art Exhibit

This evening, First Things premieres its series of art exhibits with Life Drawing by Joshua Cave . Cave, a versatile artist working as a painter, sculptor, installation artist, and writer in New York City, received his BFA from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA in 2008. Working with diverse forms . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 9.24.13

A Teacher and Her Student Thessaly La Force, Vice The Robot and the Master Jonathan Pageau, Orthodox Arts Journal An Argument Against Christian Materialism on a Pro-Life View Alexander Pruss’s Blog Debating Constantine David Swartz, Anxious Bench The Wagnerian Pope Alex Ross, The Rest is . . . . Continue Reading »

Abercrombie Settles Headscarf Litigation

An update on the  California headscarf litigation  I discussed earlier this month. Abercrombie & Fitch has settled the lawsuit and agreed to allow Muslim employees to wear headscarves while on the job. A federal district court in California recently ruled that A&F’s refusal . . . . Continue Reading »

Pope Francis’ New Balance

Commentators speak of Pope Francis as “pastoral,” and some juxtapose his approach to the previous two pontificates. I find this unpersuasive because it is too vague. To my mind a key difference between John Paul II and Benedict on the one hand and Francis on the other is their attitudes . . . . Continue Reading »