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RJN: O Come Let Us Adore Him

"I don’t know why he has to spoil the season by bringing that up. For him every day is Good Friday." Her complaint was against Father’s homily, which underscored that the baby Jesus was born to die. Yes, Good Friday, but Easter, too. Although Father insisted that we should not . . . . Continue Reading »

Linton: Messiahs for This Christmas

Which Messiah ? It’s not a theological question; it’s a question about what to listen to when hanging the tinsel. No piece of music is so linked with Christmas as Handel’s great oratorio, and there are lots of choices (I stopped counting the Amazon list at one hundred). There are . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: A Few Items …

Herewith a few items, definitely not in order of importance: "Group invites world to come together for Orgasm Day ." That’s the headline in the Princetonian . "This year’s winter solstice will be hotter than usual, if a Princeton-inspired movement has its way. The antiwar . . . . Continue Reading »

Anderson: Peter Singer’s Animals

Animal-rights activists are up in arms about a recent statement by Peter Singer¯a bioethics professor at Princeton’s Center for Human Values who was, once upon a time, beloved by those activists for his 1975 book Animal Liberation . The problem seems to be this: A neurosurgeon Tipu Aziz . . . . Continue Reading »

Bottum: Housekeeping

If you look over at the top of the lefthand column, here at the First Things website, you’ll see that we’ve begun advertising for next year’s junior fellows .Two years ago, we brought onboard John Rose and Mary Angelita Ruiz, and this year we’ve had Ryan T. Anderson and . . . . Continue Reading »

Bottum: Christmas in New York

Another Christmas Rerun ¯this one from the new December issue of First Things . Shouldn’t you be subscribing ? Christmas in New York There was a woman screaming on Park Avenue, flecks of saliva spraying from her mouth as she raged into her cell phone, "It’s not my fault." . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: A Christmas Carol Revisited

Another in our series of Christmas Reruns ¯writings on the season from our authors through the years. Here’s an essay I did back in 2001 for the Weekly Standard , an attempt to figure out why the mess of A Christmas Carol remains the greatest Christmas fiction ever written. The Ghost of . . . . Continue Reading »

Bottum: PS Christmases Past

Another in our series of Christmas Reruns ¯ writings on the season from our authors through the years. Ever since First Things began in 1990, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus has been commenting on Christmas in his column, "The Public Square." If political America has much of a Christmas . . . . Continue Reading »

Ruiz: Jesus, Manly Man

"Manliness is next to godliness," ran the Los Angeles Times headline on December 7. The article examines "a contrarian movement gaining momentum on the fringes of Christianity" that rebels against what the Times calls the "feminization of mainline churches": the frilly . . . . Continue Reading »



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