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Lord George Weidenfeld, a British Jew, who himself was saved by Christians during the Holocaust, is attempting to rescue some Syrian Christians. But the US government has declined to participate in his efforts—from whence this reticence?
A nice piece by Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post, on the efforts of Lord George . . . .
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For the most part, sincere, idealistic people enrolled in Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Theological Seminary. Now they watch anxiously as Moon's movement is torn apart by in-fighting.
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Like the people of Israel in Babylon, those of us who publicly adhere to Christian orthodoxies are people in exile.
Several months ago, I disembarked a bus here in New York City, moved into a Brooklyn studio . . . .
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On how singing together forges solidarity (without requiring assent to a common set of propositions):
Singing together brings people together.
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The success of the Velvet Revolution shows us that ideas have consequences, and that courageous dissent rooted in morality and truth can overcome even the most corrupt government.
Revolutions can be notoriously violent. However, in a brief few months in 1989, a landslide of . . . .
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Our church pews have become microcosms of an America that is increasingly self-sorting socioeconomically and culturally.
This past spring, the renowned sociologist Robert Putnam made waves with a claim that American churches had dedicated “all their . . . .
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Donald Trump has pushed immigration to the forefront of the 2016 Republican primary. While he forces Americans to ask, “Is America a nation with the soul of a church?” the question he puts to Christians is more probing: “Are we a church with the soul of America?”
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Sex distracts us from death. Perhaps that is why it has come to be seen as the central purpose of human existence.
Pornography degrades women (those cocksure feminists who claim otherwise have fallen for the biggest . . . .
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My unborn son's story began, five years before he died, on my parents' screened-in porch on a cool September evening.
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As we Christians try to navigate our tenuous situation of being strangers in a strange new culture, we should not despair. But we shouldn't go for blind optimism, either. What, then, is the path to tread?
The worst sinner in Christian history was Judas Iscariot. Of course he betrayed Christ and handed . . . .
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I did not know what to say at a scene like this. I struck up a conversation with a man who was passing by, and I asked him my question: "How does anybody take this all in?"
Vacation this year took us to Fredericksburg, Virginia just to see a ridge known as Marye’s Heights. It was there, December, 13, 1862, . . . .
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Graham Greene’s character flaws and Cold War fantasies led to the extinction of a great gift.
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First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life.
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First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.