Can Barack Obama Be Converted on Abortion?

The short answer to that question is: probably not. In a news conference on April 29, a reporter asked President Obama this uncomfortable question: As a candidate, you vowed that one of the very first things you wanted to do was sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which, as you know, would eliminate . . . . Continue Reading »

Jack Kemp, 1935-2009

Jack Kemp passed away this weekend, of cancer at age seventy-three. Former vice-presidential candidate, congressman, and Housing secretary, he was the most improbable and the most important hero of the Reagan Revolution after the Gipper himself. Without Jack’s true-believer’s passion for . . . . Continue Reading »

The Little Flower

When the disciples came to Jesus and asked who will be the greatest in the kingdom, he called for a child to come to him, and answered, “Truly I tell you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom. Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the . . . . Continue Reading »

The Mental Murder of Torture

The story is increasingly shameful¯how the United States conducted “enhanced interrogations” of terrorist suspects. Some of the story has been out a long time, if only in bits and pieces, appearing in various news outlets. But it really got hot and better documented after the November . . . . Continue Reading »

How Jewish is the State of Israel?

Israel’s Independence Day, the 5th of Iyar according to the Jewish calendar, falls on April 29th this year. This is always an occasion to reflect on Israel’s prospects, and, as always, there is good news and bad news.Earlier this week the head of the Palestinian Authority, Muhammed Abbas, . . . . Continue Reading »

Four More to the First Things Family

As we promised earlier this week, First Things is continuing to expand our range of content offerings. Today, we are adding two more new features: Spengler and The Anchoress . For the past few years our new associate editor David P. Goldman has been writing popular weekly columns for the Asia Times . . . . Continue Reading »

Environmental Theologies

Two recent books on what may be called “environmental theology,” one rooted explicitly in the Christian tradition, the other in a kind of loose deism, reveal an oft-overlooked theme of modern environmentalism. While neither is overly occupied with the policy concerns of the larger . . . . Continue Reading »

Of Icons and PomoCons

In the latest edition of First Things , editor Joseph Bottum discusses the future of the magazine and hints at the changes to come . Along with a revamped and redesigned website, we will be adding a range of new content offerings. Today, we are pleased to announce the first of these new features . . . . Continue Reading »

The Church’s Bible

A new series of biblical commentaries, The Church’s Bible , is an encouraging sign of the times. Headed up by Robert Wilken, this ambitious and handsomely produced series aims to gather portions of ancient and medieval commentaries and present them to contemporary readers in an accessible . . . . Continue Reading »