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60Why do Christians Revere Jerusalem?https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/10/why-do-christians-revere-jerusalem
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -email@example.com (Mark Movsesian)It’s perhaps not sporting to mock the
New York Times
when it tries to address Christianity. Pointing out the mistakes seems like piling on. But every once in a while it’s good to note how little the Paper of Record seems to know about Christianity and Christian history, if only to remind oneself of the unfortunate path to ignorance our culture seems to be taking. Besides, sometimes it’s too much fun to resist.
Tradition and the Constitution (October 20)https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/tradition-and-the-constitution-october-20
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Movsesian)
Here's an event announcement that will interest readers of
First Things in the New York area. On Thursday evening, October 20, Stanford Law Professor Michael McConnell (left) will deliver a lecture, “Tradition and the Constitution,” to inaugurate the Tradition Project, a new research initiative of the St. John's University Center for Law and Religion. The Project brings together leading public figures, scholars, judges, and journalists for lectures, workshops, and sponsored research on the value of tradition for contemporary citizens and the relationship of tradition and change in today’s world. The inaugural session, “Tradition in Law and Politics,” is supported by a generous grant from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
]]>Interview: Religious Liberty At The Present Timehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/interview-religious-liberty-at-the-present-time
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:15:00 -email@example.com (Mark Movsesian)First Things
presents an interview by Mark Bauerlein with legal scholar Mark Movsesian, on the topic of church-state relations—the state of play, and the future. Watch the video here or read the transcript provided below.
]]>The End of the Liberal Tradition?https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/08/the-end-of-the-liberal-tradition
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Movsesian)About twenty-five years ago,
The National Interest
published “The End of History?”— Francis Fukuyama’s extremely
arguing that liberal democracy had defeated all rivals and become the only plausible form of politics for the nations of the world. Agreement had been reached, wrote Fukuyama, on the essential features of good government: rule of the people, tempered by a robust commitment to civil liberties; civilian control of the military; market economics; and free trade among nations. These ideas had shown themselves the guarantors of peace and prosperity, and it was only a matter of time before states everywhere endorsed them.
]]>Reno on Christian Societyhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/reno-on-christian-society
Tue, 09 Aug 2016 15:30:00 -email@example.com (Mark Movsesian)At the
Law and Religion Forum
today, I interview Rusty Reno on his new book,
Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society. Among other things, he and I discuss whether a Christian society is compatible with contemporary notions of pluralism, how Christianity might promote a more secure understanding of freedom and lessen the gap in social capital between rich and poor, and why he thinks President Obama personifies our new “post-Protestant WASP elite.”
]]>The Ten Commandments in the Courthousehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/07/the-ten-commandments-in-the-courthouse
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Movsesian)
]]>Human Rights and the Pan-Orthodox Councilhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/07/human-rights-and-the-pan-orthodox-council
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Mark Movsesian)Last week, the Eastern Orthodox Church, a communion of 14 autocephalous, national churches with roots in the Byzantine Christian tradition, concluded an historic synod on the island of Crete. Decades in the planning, the Pan-Orthodox Council, known officially as the
Holy and Great Council
, was meant to gather patriarchs from all 14 churches for deliberation on a series of issues in contemporary church life, including marriage, fasting, the Orthodox “Diaspora,” and relations with non-Orthodox Christians. At the last minute, four national churches, including the largest, the Russian Orthodox Church, declined to attend—a fact that, notwithstanding the protests of
the Council’s supporters
, seems as a practical matter to undercut the Council’s significance. Nonetheless, the Council is noteworthy for what it had to say on several topics, including the persecution of Mideast Christians and human rights in general. On the latter, the Council’s documents reveal, once again, important differences from the consensus understanding in the West.
]]>The Smartphone and the Virginhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/06/the-smartphone-and-the-virgin
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Movsesian)
]]>Pope Francis in Armeniahttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/06/pope-francis-in-armenia
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Mark Movsesian)Last weekend, Pope Francis made an
apostolic journey to Armenia
, a small, landlocked country of three million in the South Caucasus, bordering Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The official motto of his journey was “Visit to the First Christian Nation,” a reference to Armenia’s being the first state to adopt Christianity as its official religion, in 301 A.D., a matter of great national pride. Only a small percentage of Armenians are Roman Catholics; more than 90 percent belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church, a member of the Oriental Orthodox communion. Yet Francis received an enthusiastic reception from the Armenian Church hierarchy, the government, and the everyday people who crowded his public events. It’s worth focusing on the reasons for the warm welcome, and on the diplomatic and ecumenical significance of his journey.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Movsesian)Like most Americans, I paid little attention to the Brexit campaign. It seemed a foregone conclusion. The prediction markets were signaling that a vote to leave the E.U. was a long shot; the polls indicated that Remain was comfortably ahead; the stock markets were quiet. Besides, anti-E.U. protests never amount to anything. When national majorities vote against the E.U. in referenda, the E.U. always finds a way around them. In politics, elites usually get their way, and Europe’s elites, including Britain’s, are solidly pro-Europe. If nothing else, one would have thought inertia would keep Britain in the union. The E.U. always manages to chug along, notwithstanding all manner of crises. Why would this time be different?