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Rose: Wilson, Dawkins & Co.

Christians look at creation and see the handiwork of the Lord. Nonreligious environmentalists marvel at what natural selection has produced. Despite their differences, the two can agree we have a moral responsibility to care for our earth. Such is the truce E.O. Wilson calls for in his new book, The . . . . Continue Reading »

Judge William Pryor and Lee Silver

Judge William H. Pryor is on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. I count him a friend and we had dinner last week when I was in Birmingham, Alabama. The Democrats gave him a very hard time when he was nominated by President Bush and he had to serve under a recess appointment until . . . . Continue Reading »

Bonus article available

As a special bonus for Columbus Day weekend, we’re making available here on our website a second article from the October issue of First Things . It’s called " When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano: Catholic Culture in America ," an account of the curious Catholic . . . . Continue Reading »

Rose: String Theory and All That

Depending on whom you ask, it’s either the holy grail of physics¯the prophesied Theory of Everything¯or a Theory of Nothing, a monumental waste of time and money. What it can’t be is half right.String theory, as the only viable candidate for a unified field theory, promises to . . . . Continue Reading »

George: No Tired Meme

Over at the Mirror of Justice website, law professor Eduardo Peñalver keeps reasserting his arguments for why Catholics and other pro-lifers can and should support Democrats¯even those who uphold abortion. But Professor Peñalver’s arguments do not improve with age or . . . . Continue Reading »

Miller: Transgressive Art Pacified

Characteristic of postmodernist art is transgression, the idea that the artist ought to produce works that violate traditional moral and aesthetic norms. The theory is that such norms are ultimately baseless, and thus violating them will liberate us from their tyranny and (the theory suddenly gets . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: More on Harper

We’ve been having this little back and forth on whether Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, is a wimp on abortion. Herewith a viewpoint worthy of consideration sent by Prof. Tim Perry, who teaches theology at Providence College: Stephen Harper is, in my view, a political realist on . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: Stephen Harper Redux

A while back, I had some favorable things to say about Stephen Harper , the Conservative prime minister of Canada. This elicited howls of protest: “How could you! Harper is pro-abortion!” As it happens, Harper has challenged the Canadian political class on a number of . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: I.F. Stone

In this Sunday’s New York Times , Paul Berman has a thoughtful review of two books , one about I.F. Stone and another that is a collection of Stone’s journalism. "Izzy" Stone, who died in 1989, is still a hero of the left¯an icon, as it is said. I.F. Stone’s Weekly . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: Jihadism and Jihadists

I see the Tablet , a British Catholic magazine, has this article by Ian Markham (registration required) of Hartford Theological Seminary in which he claims that I have said there are 100 million radical Muslims (best described, as I explain in a forthcoming issue of First Things , as Jihadists) bent . . . . Continue Reading »



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