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Was Washington Really a Deist?

As we approach George Washington’s birthday¯so often lost these days in the good shopping bargains of a long holiday weekend¯it seems fitting to celebrate the whole man Washington was in light of the hottest issue in the world just now, religion. Most historians of the last hundred years have . . . . Continue Reading »

The March Issue Is Here

The March issue of First Things is now available¯at newsstands and here, online, for subscribers.Look, I think every issue we put out is great. Truly great. Documents for the ages that ought, were the world rightly ordered, to be inscribed in stone for ages to contemplate in awe. Or, maybe, . . . . Continue Reading »

Anglican Storm Clouds

“I fear schism," Rowan Williams told the BBC , and with good reason. Today the annual meeting of the Anglican Communion officially begins in Tanzania, and it is not at all clear that the communion will last the week. No fewer than thirty-seven Anglican archbishops have assembled at a . . . . Continue Reading »

Friends of God

“Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the princes of Moab . . . ” ( Num. 22:21ff )Alexandra Pelosi, who took her handheld camcorder on the campaign trails of George W. Bush in 2000 ( Journeys with George , nominated for six Emmy Awards) and Democratic . . . . Continue Reading »

Prostitutes for the Disabled

Here’s a very sad story from Great Britain . Twenty-two-year-old Nick Wallis suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which leaves him physically but not mentally disabled and which will probably kill him sometime in his thirties. Mr. Wallis, quite naturally, tries to lead as full a life as . . . . Continue Reading »

Death on Demand

The Swiss Supreme Court has ruled that people with mental illnesses can be legally assisted in suicide. The case came about when a member of Dignitas, an organization that, for a fee, provides a safe house for, and assistance with, suicide, brought a lawsuit seeking the right to have his death . . . . Continue Reading »

Moralism and UK Adoption Laws

Overweening moralism is, if you believe most of what you read in the newspapers, the unique sin of conservative religious people. Of course, it isn’t actually true¯as witness this latest example of moralism, a secular-liberal moralism imposed by law, from Great Britain. At issue was . . . . Continue Reading »

Married Women and the New York Times

As a general rule, the New York Times tries so hard to discredit Jewish and Christian morality that it is foolish to trust any of its articles purporting to describe Census Bureau statistics, especially when the latter involve marriage and family. It is best to treat analyses appearing in the Times . . . . Continue Reading »



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