JB: 5.22.06 Speaking of…

Speaking of . . . um, that goofy book that we here at First Things decided we wouldn’t bother to mention, since everyone else in America would mock it all the way to the remainder tables at Bob’s Super-Saver Book Emporium. Of course, that plan didn’t work out so well: It ended up . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 5.19.06 We are pleased to…

We are pleased to announce that we have hired Anthony Sacramone to be the new Managing Editor for First Things , beginning May 30. An editor with long experience as copy chief, proofreader, and managing editor in the publishing world, from Biography and Reader’s Digest to Beliefnet and . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 5.18.06 Over on The…

Over on The American Scene , Ross Douthat reflects on conflicting studies about the effectiveness of promoting abstinence or artificial contraception in reducing teen pregnancies. He correctly notes the dishonesty of including morning-after pills and related abortifacients in the category of . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 5.16.06 A few years ago…

A few years ago, when Daniel Goldhagen published A Moral Reckoning , his diatribe against all things Catholic, I predicted that the book would offer opportunities for writers who attacked Pius XII. What Goldhagen had done was set a new limit¯a far edge of fury that would allow any subsequent . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 5.15.06 You probably read…

You probably read " Suing the Church ," an essay in the most recent issue of First Things in which Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver argues against attempts to suspend the statute of limitation in lawsuits against churches. Now a friend from Denver, Francis X. Maier, emails to say . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 5.12.06 Thomas Albert Howard…

Thomas Albert Howard of Gordon College weighs in on the decision of Wheaton College to terminate a faculty member because he became Catholic. Writing in Books and Culture , Howard is deeply appreciative of the desire of evangelical schools to maintain their theological identity, but he thinks . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 5.11.06 You might want…

You might want to check out the Religious Coalition for Marriage to get the full text. The letter signed to date by fifty-one national religious leaders may not be unprecedented, but it is remarkable in its reach. The initiative has received considerable attention in the general media, but it . . . . Continue Reading »