Support First Things by turning your adblocker off or by making a  donation. Thanks!

A Modern Mendicant

Richard Lamar Ochiltree wandered the streets of Washington, D.C., for several years, mostly along a few blocks in Foggy Bottom, near the eastern shore of the Potomac. He monitored comings and goings at the State Department, George Washington University, the World Bank, and other agencies. Rick was . . . . Continue Reading »

Christingle

The power-cut candle’s wobbly precisionushers the church hall back into vision.We assembled them on a mess table:first you gouged out a hollow in the middle,then wound a crêpe strip around. Then four sticksof raisins—the wealth of heaven, finger-pricks—and the candle planted in its . . . . Continue Reading »

Belief Limbo

In September 2017, the Public Religion Research Institute published a study of religion in America that showed a tripling of the religiously unaffiliated since 1990, from 8 percent to 24 percent of the population. The majority of the unaffiliated call themselves secular; a quarter of the . . . . Continue Reading »

Faith Amid Corruption

The Catholic Church in the West is full of corruption—financial, sexual, and spiritual. We are forced to face this hard reality, not the least because the weak pontificate of Pope Francis offers so little of substance. The corruption that afflicts us does not arise from overpowering lusts. Our . . . . Continue Reading »

The Church’s Book

The Bible in a Disenchanted Age:  The Enduring Possibility of Christian Faith by r. w. l. moberly baker, 240 pages, $24.99 The Book of the People:  How to Read the Bible by a. n. wilson harper, 224 pages, $26.99  The Bible and the Believer:  How to Read the Bible Critically & . . . . Continue Reading »

Filter Tag Articles