First Things No. 242 – April 2014

THE PUBLIC SQUARE

3 Global Culture Wars by R. R. Reno

LETTERS

8 Papal economics, Empirical politics, etc.

OPINIONS

19 Biotech Babies By Jennifer Lahl and Christopher White

21 Bridging a False Divide By Robert Barron

23 The Ancients on Abortion By Sarah Klitenic Wear

ESSAYS

27 The Christ of Marc Chagall By David Lyle Jeffrey

33 The Church and Civil Marriage

By Ryan T. Anderson, Vigen Guroian, Russell D. Moore, Francesca Aran Murphy,
David Novak, Edward Peters, Ephraim Radner, and Eric Teetsel

41 Learning in Love By Elizabeth Corey

47 Uneasy Grace By Meghan Sullivan

REVIEWS

53 The Mystical as Political By Aristotle Papanikolaou – Reviewed By Vigen Guroian

56 Through a Screen Darkly By Martha Bayles – Reviewed By Roger Scruton

58 Darling By Richard Rodriguez – Reviewed By Paul J. Griffiths

60 Abraham Joshua Heschel By Shai Held – Reviewed By Alex Ozar

63 The Selected Letters of Willa Cather edited By Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout – Reviewed By Christopher S. Busch

64 Briefly Noted

WHILE WE’RE AT IT

66 Cuomo, Liberal paradox, etc.

THE BACK PAGE

72 The Love of Wisdom by David Bentley Hart

POETRY

25 Duane K. Caylor

31 James Matthew Wilson

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