Reading First Things

The latest edition of First Things is now out, and includes a piece by Timothy George on ‘Reading the Bible with the Reformers’, and a provocative piece by Douglas Farrow on ‘Blurring Sexual Boundaries’, wherein Farrow (speaking to the Canadian context) argues that ‘Sex cannot serve as an effective legal marker for discrimination if its binary nature dissolves into fluid sexual subjectivities’.

There are also pieces by David Bentley Hart, a regular contributor, on ‘Golf and the Metaphysics of Morals’ and on Heidegger, ‘A Philosopher in the Twilight: Heidegger’s philosophy as a meditation on the mystery of being’, as well as Hart’s scathing and most-entertaining review of All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age, ‘an oddly empty’, ‘vacuous’, simplistic, ‘twaddle, tosh, balderdash (etc.)’ and factually-skewed (according to Hart) book by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly. Hart is somewhat less enthusiastic about the book than is Charles Taylor.

One comment

  1. I find reading First Things to be a most depressing experience.
    No nothing mostly “catholic” dogmatic fundamentalism. Especially its website and the various blogs that are associated with it, and that link into it.

    We right-thinking “catholics” are the only people on the planet who possess the “Truth”. Almost everyone else including liberal “catholics”, and of course liberal Protestants are all fundamentally deluded and wrong. So too with members of all other Faith Traditions who have not yet come into the “catholic” fold, or submitted to the “authority” of the “magisterium”.

    Even more so because this journal promotes itself as THE leading or primary purveyor of religious and cultural opinion etc in the USA.


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