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Dear First Things readers,

We have an active community of readers who comment on our web articles. In the spirit of transparency, we, the moderators, would like to share an update to our comments policy.

Our comment section is now accessible to First Things subscribers only.

Non-subscribers will still have full access to the text of all Web Exclusives, but will not be able to view comments posted by subscribers. 

If you are a web subscriber, log in to view and post comments. If you are a print subscriber and need to activate your online subscription, simply click the “activate” link at the top right-hand corner of the First Things home page to register your account details and create a username and password. Once you have activated your account, ensure that you are able to comment by clicking on the “login” link in the top right-hand corner of the homepage. 

If you would like to become a subscriber, please begin here.

We continue to ask that comments be kept to five hundred words. We will delete any comment with a word count exceeding this maximum.

We will delete comments that threaten others by suggestions of violence, or that are otherwise hateful.

We will delete comments that do not advance the conversation and comments that are not related to the article.

We will delete comments that use profanity.

We moderate the comment section to ensure conversations among commenters are as respectful as they are challenging and thought-provoking. With that in mind, please do not reiterate points stated by other commenters, do not repeat arguments, and do not offer opinions on the character or personal attributes of other commenters.

Please feel free to contact us at with any further questions. Happy commenting!

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