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Jerry Falwell, R.I.P.

What shall we do for a bogeyman, now that our grand old monster is dead?Jerry Falwell has passed away, his death leading news reports yesterday . And nearly all the obituaries this morning remind us that he really was, most of the time, a symbol rather a man. Or not a symbol, exactly, but a . . . . Continue Reading »

An Idiot’s Guide to Evolution

The dirty Darwinian secret is now out of the closet: If evolution is true, then it must be true about everything. Most Darwinians used to be very restrained about the relevance of their theory for cultural and moral issues, for obvious reasons. If evolution is true about everything, then randomness . . . . Continue Reading »

Stirring the Potpourri

Of course, the literal meaning of potpourri is "rotten pot," but it has come to refer to a miscellany of flowers, foods, or ideas. In this miscellany, the first item is definitely not the most important. But we’ll take things as they’ve been plopped into the pot. There was a . . . . Continue Reading »

The Pope and the Pop Star

On Saturday, September 27, 1997, during the Twenty-third Eucharistic Congress and as part of pope John Paul II’s pastoral visit to Bologna, there took place an outdoor event attended by some 300,000 people, featuring musical performances by Bob Dylan, in addition to certain Italian . . . . Continue Reading »

The Imperial Catholics

More and more often on Catholic campuses, left-wing Catholics are hiding their own ideological preferences behind the mantra "Catholic social thought." To listen to them, you would think that the Catholic social ethic has four main emphatic tenets and five great silences. The four emphases . . . . Continue Reading »

Debates, Conferences, Controversy!

For the past few weeks, Michael Novak¯a member of the First Things editorial board and a frequent contributor to the magazine¯has been blogging at the Encyclopedia Britannica site about religion, America, and the Founding Fathers. On these topics, you’ll probably remember his April . . . . Continue Reading »

Men for Some Seasons

In early April, Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, announced his intention to bring immigration legislation to the Senate floor for debate during the last two weeks of May. This was a curious announcement, since there was no pending legislation at the time regarding immigration. Regardless of . . . . Continue Reading »

Moses and Multiculturalism

Moses made a mistake. He could have been a broadminded model for our liberal culture, but he ended up hopelessly partisan. He started out with an impartial outlook, but he fell under the power of a tribal deity who used him to create an exclusivist sect intoxicated with the fantasy of redemptive . . . . Continue Reading »



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