First Things Oct. 2012 No. 226

THE  PUBLIC  SQUARE
3     Rewriting the Social Contract by R. R. Reno

LETTERS
8     God will judge, Reformation debates, etc.

OPINIONS
16     Southern  Baptists’ Long Journey by Timothy George
18     Honest Sex Science by Stanton  L. Jones and Mark  A. Yarhouse
20     A Mandate to Disobey by Thomas Joseph White  and R. R. Reno

Essays
23     Thirteen Theses on Marriage by Douglas Farrow and Others
33     2012 Supreme Court  Roundup  by Richard W. Garnett
41     The Biblical Case for Limited Government by Yoram Hazony
47     Human Unity Real and Imagined     by Pierre Manent

REVIEWS
53     Frans;ois Fenelon by Peter Gorday
reviewed by Ephraim  Radner
55     Bad Religion by Ross Douthat
reviewed by Harry S. Stout
58     Retrieving Nicaea by Khaled Anatolios
reviewed by William Harmless
60     Pity the Beautiful by Dana Gioia
reviewed by Micah Mattix
62     Godly Seed by Allan Carlson
reviewed by Russell D. Moore
65     Briefly Noted

WHILE  WE’RE  AT  IT
67     Monks, Jesus’ budget, etc. by David Mills

THE  BACK  PAGE
72     Brilliantly Bad Books by David Bentley Hart

POETRY             Catharine Savage Brosman  (p. 22),
David Mason  (p. 31), Mary Drum  (p. 39), Carol A. Taylor (p. 52)

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