R.R. Reno is editor of First Things.

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Response to Michael Linton

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In a recent post , Michael Linton defends the Christian potential for works of art originally designed to offend and mock Christians. The idea is that the divine invasion of space and time in Jesus Christ is a pretty big shock to our otherworldly spiritual imaginations. The cross, as St. Paul . . . . Continue Reading »

More on Modern Aesthetics

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A reader wrote to correct my recent observations about the contemporary culture of transgression. It was not Robert Mapplethorpe who put the cross in a jar of urine; it was Andres Serrano. I’ll admit that most contemporary art blurs in my mind. A few months ago, I toured the Chelsea galleries. . . . . Continue Reading »

RR: A cultural earthquake

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I have long felt that the defining event of my lifetime has been an ongoing cultural revolution. A recent book by Philip Rieff, My Life among the Deathworks , confirms this. According to Rieff, from the beginnings of human history, men and women have thought that happiness comes from a disciplined . . . . Continue Reading »

Out of the Ruins

From the February 2005 Print Edition

On a Saturday in mid-September of last year, the feast day of St. Robert Bellarmine, I was received into the Catholic Church. I pledged to believe and profess all that the Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God. The priest anointed me with the oil of confirmation. I . . . . Continue Reading »

Fear of Redemption

From the June/July 2004 Print Edition

When I conjure in my mind the objections that people I know make to Christianity, I am reminded of my friend on the couch, enervated by life’s manifold demands. Most of these people are not confident rationalists dismissing the supernatural or wanton hedonists rejecting moral constraint; they are . . . . Continue Reading »

The Limits of Theory

From the December 2003 Print Edition

Praise and Blame: Moral Realism and Its Applications by Daniel N. Robinson Princeton University Press Praise and blame are cultural practices that shape our desires, intentions, and actions. Praise a child for something, and you will likely get more of the same. Blame a child and the pressure is . . . . Continue Reading »

Taking Responsibility

From the January 2002 Print Edition

With the Grain of the Universe: The Church’s Witness and Naural Theology By Stanley Hauerwas Brazos. 250 pp. $22..99 Stanley Hauerwas often changes his topic, but he never changes his tune. Christian witness should be Christian; the Church should be churchly; theology should be theological. . . . . Continue Reading »