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60“Attend to Your Spiritual Life”https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/07/attend-to-your-spiritual-life
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:55:00 -email@example.com (Robert P. George)Some time back, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kevin Spinali, S.J. for
magazine. An abridged version of the interview was published in the magazine. Here is the complete text.
What Would a Reform Agenda Look Like?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/07/what-would-a-reform-agenda-look-like
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 15:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert P. George)On this 240th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, our beloved country is, alas, in trouble and badly in need of reform. At the heart of our woes is what has so often been at the heart of our woes whenever we have had woes, going all the way back to the original sin of slavery—infidelity to our Nation's founding principles. Those principles include our formal constitutional commitments as well as the moral and cultural norms, practices, and understandings that those commitments presuppose for their intelligibility and force and without which they cannot long endure. The promise of America remains great, but in many crucial areas we have gone astray. If America is to fulfill her promise, things must be turned around. It will not be easy, nor can it be accomplished without sacrifice; but it can be done.
]]>Trump Is No Pro-Liferhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/03/trump-is-no-pro-lifer
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -email@example.com (Robert P. George)When candidates for high office are faking it in order to persuade a party's base that, appearances and past record to the contrary notwithstanding, they really, really are “with the program,” they step into dangerous territory. They need to say what the base wants to hear. Indeed, they need to sound like one of the faithful.
]]>Forty-Three Years After Roe, Hope is Alivehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/01/forty-three-years-after-roe-hope-is-alive
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:03:23 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert P. George)I just noticed that the
I wrote on the anniversary of the tragedy of Roe v. Wade has been shared more times than anything else I've ever posted. I am grateful to everyone who shared it. The abortion license is continuing to gnaw at the conscience of our nation, as the Republican Ronald Reagan and the Democrat Robert P. Casey, and the saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, told us it would. At some level most Americans—including those who do not yet dare to acknowledge, even to themselves, the justice of the pro-life cause—know that killing the unborn is not the answer. We must love mother and child equally, limitlessly, and unconditionally, and never pit the alleged good of one against the other.
]]>“A republic . . . if you can keep it”https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/01/a-republic-if-you-can-keep-it
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:35:00 -email@example.com (Robert P. George)Today, January 22, 2016, the 43rd anniversary of the monstrous decision of the Supreme Court to deprive an entire class of human beings—those hidden in their mothers' wombs waiting to be born—of the most basic human right, we recall that the Supreme Court did this once before in our history. Men and women of African descent, stolen and carried in bondage to our shores, were—in defiance of the first principles of our Nation's founding—deprived by the Supreme Court of their most basic rights. The case was
Dred Scott v. Sandford,
Roe v. Wade of its time.
]]>Carson the Butler on True Marriagehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/01/carson-the-butler-on-true-marriage
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert P. George)Viewers of Downton Abbey may have noticed in the recently aired first episode of Season Six that Carson the Butler articulated, in a delicate but firm and unmistakable way, the truth that marriage is a conjugal union. Mrs. Patmore, the cook, is sent as an emissary of Carson's fiancée, Mrs. Hughes, the housekeeper, to inquire whether Carson expects their marriage to include “more” than “deep friendship” and “close companionship.” What “wifely duties” would be expected? Might the couple live “as brother and sister”? Or was a “full marriage” expected?
]]>A Letter to Pope Francishttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/04/a-letter-to-pope-francis
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:35:00 -email@example.com (Robert P. George)Your Holiness:
]]>Princeton Votes for Academic Freedomhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/04/princeton-votes-for-academic-freedom
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:19:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert P. George)At campuses across the country, traditional ideals of freedom of expression and the right to dissent have been deeply compromised or even abandoned as college and university faculties and administrators have capitulated to demands for language and even thought policing. Academic freedom, once understood to be vitally necessary to the truth-seeking mission of institutions of higher learning, has been pushed to the back of the bus in an age of “trigger warnings,” “micro-aggressions,” mandatory sensitivity training, and grievance politics. It was therefore refreshing to see the University of Chicago, one of the academic world's most eminent and highly respected institutions, issue a report ringingly reaffirming the most robust conception of academic freedom. The question was whether other institutions would follow suit.
]]>Who Will Stand?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/04/who-will-stand
Sun, 05 Apr 2015 09:50:00 -email@example.com (Robert P. George)The lynch mob came for the brilliant mild-mannered techie Brendan Eich.
]]>Conscience and Its Enemieshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/03/conscience-and-its-enemies
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:05:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert P. George) I was recently interviewed by C-Span about my book
Conscience and Its Enemies
. For any readers who might be interested, here’s the video: