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  • Zwingli, Matter, Mind

    Published: 22/02/2017
    In her meticulous and revealing study of The Eucharist in the Reformation , Lee Palmer Wandel argues that Luther and Zwingli divided at Marburg because their respective positions were incommensurate, ... Read more
  • Index Verborum Prohibitorum

    Published: 21/02/2017
    First Things readers who hire recent graduates are probably well aware of the error these young workers make at the end of their four-year and two-year college careers. It shows up strikingly in a 201 ... Read more
  • Structure in 1 Chronicles 26

    Published: 21/02/2017
    1 Chronicles 26:1-19 lists the names and positions of gatekeepers at Solomon's temple. The passage is framed by references to the “allotment” or “apportionment” of assignments ... Read more
  • Goodbye California: A Lament

    Published: 17/02/2017
    I was born at the French Hospital, City of Los Angeles, State of California, in 1949. As of this writing, I have never been outside my native state for more than three weeks. Continue Reading » Read more
  • The Dangers of Half-Truths

    Published: 17/02/2017
    You’ve read it again and again. Finnis and Grisez asserted it. Joseph Seifert said the same thing in his critique. So did the forty-five theologians. It’s implicit in the cardinals’ ... Read more
  • Passivity and Freedom

    Published: 17/02/2017
    Ingolf Dalferth thinks we are Creatures of Possibility . By that, he means that “we are creatures in the making whose actual becoming depends on possibilities beyond our control that occur in ou ... Read more
  • On Separating Church and State

    Published: 17/02/2017
    Separation of church and state, religion and politics, is not “sufficient unto itself,” argues Pierre Manent ( Beyond Radical Secularism ). After all, he points out, citizens are believers ... Read more
  • Architecture of Fancy

    Published: 17/02/2017
    The title essay of John Summerson's Heavenly Mansions sets Gothic architecture in a story of the architecture of fancy. He begins with doll houses, and moves to aedicules, originally small buildings h ... Read more
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