GREAT PLACES: The Shrine at Fifty

The late Richard Cardinal Cushing of Boston may or may not have described the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., as “our luxury gift

The Bethlehem Difference

The New Testament reading that began this Advent season, from Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians, was filled with the tension between the “now” and the “not yet” of the

Books for Christmas

They're not all new, the books that follow, but they're all well worth reading, and giving. David Bentley Hart, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies (Yale University

What Apollo 11 Still Means

Forty years ago, on July 20, 1969, a low decade reached a glorious apogee when Neil Armstrong steered Eagle over a lunar rock field and, with seventeen seconds of fuel

Exiles on the Way Home

He was an amazingly prolific writer, but the late Father Richard John Neuhaus was also finicky about writing. He would personally review the galleys of each issue of First Things,

Food, Sex and Us

George F. Will calls Mary Eberstadt “intimidatingly intelligent.” George must be easily intimidated these days, because Mary is one of the nicest (and funniest) people I know. She’s also our

"Afflicted" with fertility?

What’s the biggest threat to the world’s prosperity and stability over the medium haul—say, between 2020 and 2050? The proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons of mass destruction? A

Defending Human Dignity

Before tackling Dignitas Personae [The Dignity of a Person], the recent instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on contemporary bioethical questions, I’d suggest re-reading the first

Adult Interreligious Dialogue

Father Christian Troll, a German Jesuit, is one of the Catholic Church’s leading students of Islam and a key figure in the Catholic-Islamic dialogue launched by Pope Benedict XVI’s September

The Christian Story and the World’s Story

I can’t remember precisely when I fell in love with history, but it was surely in the first innings of my reading life. Granted, this was easier in the days when

And the Summer Reading List Is…

I’ve yet to see anyone reading with a “Kindle” or an I-Pod at the beach, so there may be hope for civilization yet. Summer is meant for real reading. Happily,

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