Matthew Schmitz is senior editor of First Things. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Spectator, and other publications. He holds an A.B. in English from Princeton University. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
A translation for the Twitter age. Continue Reading »
What explains the new enthusiasm for cultural difference? Continue Reading »
Why don’t we turn our ears to Africaand this time really listen. Continue Reading »
Defenders of offensive remarks left with little ground to stand on. . . . Continue Reading »
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I was recently accused of (actually, praised for, but it seemed to me an accusation) supporting “marriage equality”—a slogan that indicates whoever uses it fails to understand either of the terms it combines. The occasion for this slander was, rather ironically, a piece I had written rejecting calls for gay marriage. The piece was misread, I think, because I had positive things to say about gay people and about the love present in countless gay relationships. Apparently this fact was significant enough that there was no need to attend to my actual conclusion. Continue Reading »
Evangelicals are changing their minds on gay marriage. So argues the Log Cabin Republicans’ David Lampo in a recent op-ed in the Daily Caller. In defense of his thesis, Lampo trots out the examples of two prominent evolved evangelicals: David Blankenhorn and yours truly. There are two problems here: Blankenhorn is not an Evangelical and I have not changed my mind on gay marriage. If David and I are the two best examples of an evangelical evolution, it ain’t happening. Continue Reading »
As Dietrich Bonhoeffer didwith clarity regarding its evil and compassion regarding its motivations.
As a young Christian, I arrived at college in the fall of 2004 with some of the usual intellectual difficulties: evolution, creation, the authority of Scripture, and so on. But I could think through them undisturbed, working them out in my reading rather than in debates. No one was asking, “Where . . . . Continue Reading »
N. T. Wrighthailed by Time as “one of the most formidable figures in Christian thought”first captured my imagination with the early volumes of his series Christian Origins and the Question of God. In them, he frames the Christian story precisely as a story, a . . . . Continue Reading »