2021: Our Year In Books

2021: Our Year In Books The stranger the times, the better the books, or so the abundance of 2021 suggests. Several new companions bear special mention to readers of First Things. Jesuit at Large, the posthumous collection of essays by Paul V. Mankowski, S.J.,...

A Tale of Two Pregnancies

A Tale of Two Pregnancies Most people who believe abortion to be wrong believe it to be wrong intrinsically. By contrast, those who do not believe abortion to be wrong make a utilitarian deduction: A child at the wrong time can be a bad thing. Therefore, ending its...

The Fury of the Fatherless

The Fury of the Fatherless The Trump administration’s recent designation of several American cities as “anarchic jurisdictions” may turn out to have been nothing more than a quixotic gambit in the supercharged run-up to November 3. But the fact that it was thinkable...

Goodbye to “So What?”

The case for American nationalism is clear. The United States is the most diverse nation on earth. If we will not have a nation and its constitution, then we will have anarchy. If we will not have a nation and its constitution, we will have Hobbesian war, figuratively...

Why the Pro-Life Movement Will Live Long and Prosper

We’re asked today to reflect on the future of the pro-life movement in an increasingly secular age. A few years ago, I wrote a book called How the West Really Lost God, about the phenomenon called “secularization” and the various hypotheses about its roots. The book...

The Zealous Faith of Secularism

HOW THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION BECAME A DOGMA Begin with a sobering fact. During the past ten years, some of the sharpest observers of our time have come to believe that the tectonic plates underlying Western civilization have shifted momentously. One result is a deep,...

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