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What Dostoevsky insists upon upholding is the moral agency of the human person. From the archives:
05/30/2020
Dostoevsky and the Fiery Word | Richard John Neuhaus

What Dostoevsky insists upon upholding is the moral agency of the human person. From the archives:

When I was young and under the compulsion to affect a deeper experience of life than I had, I was . . . .

John Wilson reviews Michael Connelly’s “Fair Warning,” the third in a series.
05/30/2020
Historian of the Present | John Wilson

John Wilson reviews Michael Connelly’s “Fair Warning,” the third in a series.

Michael Connelly is a historian of the present, telling us what is “happening” with immediacy and imaginative depth through his crime novels.  

If a prominent parliamentarian can be persecuted for her views on marriage and sexuality, who will be next?
05/30/2020
An Attack on Free Speech in Finland | Jonathon Van Maren

If a prominent parliamentarian can be persecuted for her views on marriage and sexuality, who will be next?

Finland continues to persecute parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen for publicly defending the biblical view of homosexuality.

Withdrawal of human contact, affection, and care is the greatest single cause of the dehumanization of dying. From the a...
05/29/2020
Dehumanization Triumphant | Leon R. Kass

Withdrawal of human contact, affection, and care is the greatest single cause of the dehumanization of dying. From the archives:

Recent efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide and to establish a constitutional “right to . . . .

The presence of God in the sanctuary establishes a relationship against which death cannot prevail. From the archives:
05/29/2020
In Defense of Immortality | Carol Zaleski

The presence of God in the sanctuary establishes a relationship against which death cannot prevail. From the archives:

In 1904, less than six years before his death, William James made a revealing statement in response . . . .

Can the Church be honest about death in an era addicted to the pleasure of the moment?
05/29/2020
The Final Enemy | Carl R. Trueman

Can the Church be honest about death in an era addicted to the pleasure of the moment?

Human mortality has always fascinated the greatest ­creative minds—from Homer declaiming on . . . .

Michelle Kamhi joins Mark to discuss her book “Bucking the Artworld Tide: Reflections on Art, Pseudo Art, Art Education ...
05/29/2020
The Rise of Anti-Art | Mark Bauerlein

Michelle Kamhi joins Mark to discuss her book “Bucking the Artworld Tide: Reflections on Art, Pseudo Art, Art Education & Theory.”

On this episode, Michelle Kamhi discusses the contemporary artworld and her book Bucking the Artworld Tide: Reflections on Art, Pseudo Art, Art Education & Theory.

Michael Connelly’s crime novels tell us what is “happening” with an immediacy and an imaginative depth that “the news” c...
05/29/2020
Historian of the Present | John Wilson

Michael Connelly’s crime novels tell us what is “happening” with an immediacy and an imaginative depth that “the news” can’t match.

Michael Connelly is a historian of the present, telling us what is “happening” with immediacy and imaginative depth through his crime novels.  

Finland continues to persecute parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen for publicly defending the biblical view of homosexuality.
05/28/2020
An Attack on Free Speech in Finland | Jonathon Van Maren

Finland continues to persecute parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen for publicly defending the biblical view of homosexuality.

Finland continues to persecute parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen for publicly defending the biblical view of homosexuality.

The First Commandment is the theological basis for a just and humane society. From the archives:
05/28/2020
No Other Gods | Robert Louis Wilken

The First Commandment is the theological basis for a just and humane society. From the archives:

One of the lessons read at the Easter vigil is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the . . . .

What Elizabeth Bartholet’s ideas lack in empirical evidence they compensate for in ferocity.
05/28/2020
Homeschoolers and Ideologues | Samuel D. James

What Elizabeth Bartholet’s ideas lack in empirical evidence they compensate for in ferocity.

Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet seems to think that only public schools are capable of creating responsible, mature, informed citizens.

New podcast: Michelle Kamhi discusses the contemporary artworld and her recent book.
05/28/2020
The Rise of Anti-Art | Mark Bauerlein

New podcast: Michelle Kamhi discusses the contemporary artworld and her recent book.

On this episode, Michelle Kamhi discusses the contemporary artworld and her book Bucking the Artworld Tide: Reflections on Art, Pseudo Art, Art Education & Theory.

Rome can be an ­antidote to fragmentation.
05/28/2020
Protestants in Rome | Joshua Kinlaw

Rome can be an ­antidote to fragmentation.

Protestants are drawn to Rome, though we define ourselves against it. Strictly speaking, we do not . . . .

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05/28/2020

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We are pleased to invite our readers to a virtual summer 2020 Intellectual Retreat on Josef Pieper’s “Faith, Hope, Love....
05/28/2020
Faith, Hope, Love

We are pleased to invite our readers to a virtual summer 2020 Intellectual Retreat on Josef Pieper’s “Faith, Hope, Love.” Sign up below:

First Things Summer 2020 Intellectual Retreat

On March 2, police interrogated parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen for her views on homosexuality.
05/28/2020
An Attack on Free Speech in Finland | Jonathon Van Maren

On March 2, police interrogated parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen for her views on homosexuality.

Finland continues to persecute parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen for publicly defending the biblical view of homosexuality.

He forgave firstnot forgivinghimself beforeas he then forgavethe dust trailing his stepsfaithful as his shadow . . .
05/28/2020
The Prodigal Son’s Next Life | Andres Rojas

He forgave first
not forgiving
himself before

as he then forgave
the dust trailing his steps
faithful as his shadow . . .

He forgave firstnot forgivinghimself before as he then forgavethe dust trailing his stepsfaithful as . . . .

We need a biblically shaped metaphysical horizon for biblical interpretation, which is what the Nicene tradition provide...
05/27/2020
A Richer Bible | R. R. Reno

We need a biblically shaped metaphysical horizon for biblical interpretation, which is what the Nicene tradition provides. From the archives:

The true Church of Christ teaches the gospel. The Bible is the sacred and canonical witness to the . . . .

Liberalism’s endgame is unsustainable in every respect. From the archives:
05/27/2020
Unsustainable Liberalism | Patrick J. Deneen

Liberalism’s endgame is unsustainable in every respect. From the archives:

Liberalism’s contradictions are unsustainable and we must see man and nature anew. . . . .

Film noir shows that the story of the Fall is a true myth, reenacted every day.
05/27/2020
The Fallen Men of Film Noir | Matthew Schmitz

Film noir shows that the story of the Fall is a true myth, reenacted every day.

In the mid-1940s, Hollywood began to make a new kind of crime film. Combining sex and violence, lust . . . .

Conservatives need to emphasize our substantive moral commitments as well as our religious-liberty protections.
05/27/2020
Truth and Religious Liberty | Mark Bauerlein

Conservatives need to emphasize our substantive moral commitments as well as our religious-liberty protections.

On this episode, Ryan T. Anderson and Mark discuss why conservatives shouldn’t limit themselves to procedural arguments in the culture war—we need to emphasize our substantive moral commitments as well as our religious-liberty protections.

Elizabeth Bartholet’s attack on homeschooling is the kind of argument that would be right at home in the very fundamenta...
05/27/2020
Homeschoolers and Ideologues | Samuel D. James

Elizabeth Bartholet’s attack on homeschooling is the kind of argument that would be right at home in the very fundamentalist subcultures she detests.

Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet seems to think that only public schools are capable of creating responsible, mature, informed citizens.

They’re particles of thought we pitch towarda generation we can’t know. Beneaththe snow, beneath the ash, and still for ...
05/27/2020
Seeds | Timothy Sandefur

They’re particles of thought we pitch toward
a generation we can’t know. Beneath
the snow, beneath the ash, and still for years,
lay a spring antiquity bequeathed
to us.

Tiny packets of life, these seeds. They seeminvisible in our busy days, and, tossedby shoes, or . . . .

Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet seems to think that only public schools are capable of creating responsible, matur...
05/26/2020
Homeschoolers and Ideologues | Samuel D. James

Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet seems to think that only public schools are capable of creating responsible, mature, informed citizens.

Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet seems to think that only public schools are capable of creating responsible, mature, informed citizens.

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