First Things (March 2011)

I recently picked up the March 2011 of First Things. I’ve slowly made my way through it and think that it was one of the best issues I’ve read yet–and I’ve been reading First Things for years. I was particularly taken with the articles on Herbert Butterfield’s The Whig Interpretation of History by Wilfred McClay and on reading the bible with the reformers by Timothy George. The website has posted the articles online, so I’m linking to them in the order they appear in the print edition:

RJN and First Things – James Nuechterlein (a short reflection on Neuhaus)

An exchange on liberal conservatism

Real Death, Real Dignity – David Mills (powerful personal reflections on the “dying with dignity” shibboleth)

Blurring Sexual Boundaries – Douglas Farrow (from McGill University, on transgender issues and law)

Essays

The Dialectic and the Double Helix – Thomas Albert Howard (about the relationship between Europe and America regarding religion and democracy since the Enlightenment)

Reading the Bible with the Reformers – Timothy George

Newman’s Ideal University – Edward T. Oakes, S. J.

Thomas Merton and Confucianism – Wm. Theodore deBary (this is the only one I skimmed through)

Whig History at Eighty – Wilfred McClay

Reviews

White Coat, Black Hat by Carl Elliott – Gilbert Meilaender (didn’t read this)

Defending Constantine by Peter Leithart – Robert Louis Wilken (an eminent patristic scholar gives the book a positive review)

Mathematics and Religion by Javier Leach – David P. Goldman

Blessed and Beautiful by Robert Kiely – Paul J. Contino

All Things Shining by Dreyfus and Kelly – David Bentley Hart (a pretty critical take on the book by an awesome writer)

The poetry in this edition was particularly good, especially “Late Night” by Robert Pack (it touched my northern Ontario sensibilities) and “At Stake” by Paul Lake where he references Hus, Tyndale and Kindle all in four lines!

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