Calling It Genocide

From First Thoughts

In a press statement yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry did what many human rights activists have been asking him to do for months: he called ISIS’s treatment of Christians and other religious minorities “genocide.” Kerry’s statement came as a surprise. For months, the State . . . . Continue Reading »

Christian but Not Religious

From Web Exclusives

Recently, a pastor at an Evangelical church in New York City (we have them) told me about a young man in his congregation who had joined an online dating site. The young man was a Christian believer who wanted to find a woman with the same values. Yet when it came to telling prospective mates about . . . . Continue Reading »

Tradition's Future

From Web Exclusives

Earlier this month, at the Liberty Law Site, my friend John McGinnis had an insightful post about the current, sad state of traditional conservatism—the sort that prizes custom and the wisdom of the past, not other versions like business or neo-conservatism. Although classical liberalism is having . . . . Continue Reading »

Third Biennial Law & Religion Colloquium

From First Thoughts

Here's an announcement about a workshop series that may interest some First Things readers.This spring, the Center for Law and Religion at St. John's will host its third biennial Colloquium in Law and Religion. The colloquium invites leading law and religion scholars to make presentations to a small . . . . Continue Reading »

The Play of Daniel

From First Thoughts

Earlier this month, I had a chance to see the Gotham Early Music Scene’s production of The Play of Daniel, a medieval Christmas pageant, performed as part of the annual Twelfth Night Festival at New York’s Trinity Church. The festival, which the church started several years ago, revives the idea . . . . Continue Reading »

Religious Rights

From the January 2016 Print Edition

Christian Human Rights by samuel moyn university of pennsylvania, 264 pages, $24.95 Samuel Moyn, a professor of law and history at Harvard University, makes a provocative claim: Human rights, the foundational principle of global, secular progressivism, originated as the project of Christian . . . . Continue Reading »

Announcing the Tradition Project

From First Thoughts

Here is an item about a new research project that will interest many First Things readers. As reported in this story, the Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s University School of Law has received a major grant from the Bradley Foundation to launch the Tradition Project, a new, . . . . Continue Reading »