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It's a great honor to serve as editor of First Things. The magazine was a lifeline to me when I was a young college professor trying to figure out what it meant to be a faithful citizen in an increasingly secular America. That continues to be a puzzling, difficult endeavor, all the more so as our political culture changes in unexpected ways.

During those early years of First Things, I was also uplifted. The magazine isn't pious, though it doesn't shy away from piety. What I responded to back then was the seriousness—timelessness—of many of the discussions, debates, and reflections that appeared on our pages. Yes, ideas have consequences, and of course we should be outspoken and active in the public square. But ideas are also vehicles of truth, which is intrinsically worth pursuing. We need to reflect, ponder, and contemplate. First Things helped me to do that, for which I remain grateful.

Religion, culture, and public life. We still need a magazine founded on the belief that talking about God often encourages (and sometimes entails) talking about a great deal more. Every year, my wife and I provide support to ensure that the work of First Things continues. Please join us.

R. R. Reno is editor of First Things.

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