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First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.Learn more: www.firstthings.com/learnmore

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By Irishcatholic1934 - Feb 14 2020
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Perfect opening for this segment. Thank you for you high quality podcasts.🕯

A one-stop podcast for conservative religious views

By redshift13 - Dec 24 2019
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The good: Worth a listen even if, like me, you’re on opposite sides of most of the issues. The variety and quality of the guests is mostly decent. The not as good: The show host, Mark Bauerlein, is adequate to the task. Although you’ll quickly pick up on an annoying habit of his, which is is to repeat in his own words a point that was already made, but gives the impression of having come up with it first. A bit more self-awareness would be in order, if I dare say so.

iTunes Ratings

248 Ratings
Average Ratings
193
19
18
7
11

Sweden

By Irishcatholic1934 - Feb 14 2020
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Perfect opening for this segment. Thank you for you high quality podcasts.🕯

A one-stop podcast for conservative religious views

By redshift13 - Dec 24 2019
Read more
The good: Worth a listen even if, like me, you’re on opposite sides of most of the issues. The variety and quality of the guests is mostly decent. The not as good: The show host, Mark Bauerlein, is adequate to the task. Although you’ll quickly pick up on an annoying habit of his, which is is to repeat in his own words a point that was already made, but gives the impression of having come up with it first. A bit more self-awareness would be in order, if I dare say so.
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Rank #1: Episode 34 – Reformation! (11. 2. 17)

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On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast:

Senior editor Julia Yost talks with Carl Trueman about Martin Luther, the German monk who argued against the practice of indulgences, and in the process changed the world.

Carl explains why Luther remains important, to Lutherans and other Protestants; whether Luther ushered in the secular age; which of the heroic Reformers would be best to be stranded on an island with; why Luther’s vernacular Bible was so revolutionary; how Protestants and Catholics of today should talk to each other; and more.

Nov 02 2017

39mins

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Rank #2: Episode 6 – Asexual Millennials (8. 19. 16)

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A surprising new study reveals that members of the Millennial Generation are avoiding sex—and for all the wrong reasons. Rusty, Mark, and Julia discuss the impact of careerism, pornography, and the fear of “catching feelings,” and what it all means for Christian morality. Then, Rusty uses the “Elephant Graph” to explain why, in this age of globalization, there is no longer a harmony of economic interests between elites in the West and the middle classes they are elected to lead. Can the nation-state survive? Finally, Rusty and Mark try to guess the authors of three aphorisms, each on the subject of “Youth and Age.”

Aug 19 2016

37mins

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Rank #3: Episode 31 – Welcome to Post-Christian Society (8. 25. 17)

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On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast:

Editor Rusty Reno talks with associate editor Julia Yost about the violence in Charlottesville. Rusty observes that racial unrest has changed since the Civil Rights era: The right has cribbed a sociopolitical critique from the left, and the left has learned paramilitary tactics from the right. The replications are ominous.

Then, senior editor Matthew Schmitz talks with Julia about Convertgate, the recent dust-up in which liberal cradle Catholics instructed converts not to criticize the pope. Julia points out the incongruity of this spasm of liberal ultramontanism.

Aug 25 2017

50mins

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Rank #4: Episode 10 – Against Gender (9. 16. 16)

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Remember that time Slate alerted the civilized world to our terrifying feature article on “gay denialism”? Michael W. Hannon was the author of that feature, “Against Heterosexuality,” and he sits down with Matthew and Julia to recall his bombshell and reflect on its consistency with his present life with the Norbertine Fathers. On sexuality and gender, he has opinions to spare. Facebook’s seventy-one gender options: Too much? Or not enough? Then Rusty joins, fresh off his victory (or was it?) in a debate over Catholic perspectives on immigration. Should our preferential option be for immigrants, or for those who are already our neighbors?

Sep 16 2016

43mins

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Rank #5: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (8. 31. 18) - Modernism and the Control of Nature

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Michael Hanby joins Mark to discuss his 2016 First Things article “A More Perfect Absolutism.”

Aug 31 2018

35mins

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Rank #6: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (4. 30. 18) – Three American Poets

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Mark Bauerlein discusses three poems about winter by American greats Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens.

Apr 30 2018

31mins

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Rank #7: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (2. 27. 18) – In Praise of Bourgeois Culture

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Amy Wax joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss how our society’s abandonment of bourgeois norms and values has resulted in widespread behavioral dysfunction.

Feb 27 2018

28mins

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Rank #8: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (12. 7. 17) – Failure of Fatherhood

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Heather Mac Donald joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss how America’s high out-of-wedlock birthrate is at the heart of inner-city violence today.

Dec 07 2017

41mins

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Rank #9: The Case For Classical Education - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein

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On this episode, Sheila Byrd Carmichael discusses the state of K-12 education in the United States and the growth of the classical school movement.

Jan 06 2020

34mins

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Rank #10: Aristopopulism with Patrick Deneen

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In a liberal democratic age, two words are widely used to contrast what liberal democracy is not: aristocracy and populism. Yet, we have both political factions emerging today in new and caustic forms that pit an increasingly corrupt elite against an increasingly coarse and angry populace. Both are morally adrift and engaged in politics as an assertion of power, albeit for different reasons.

While the current trajectory of the West would appear to be an ongoing and inconclusive battle between these two factions, classical political theory understood that only an appropriately mixed regime could correct and even elevate the shortcomings of an opposing faction. In an age in which monarchy and inherited titles are rightly suspect, is there nevertheless a prospect for a mixed regime in the modern age that goes beyond pitting elite against populace and vice-versa, and which might instead give rise to a fruitful combination?

In this lecture, Patrick Deneen will envision the prospects for an ennobled aristoi and a more refined populace. He will at once acknowledge the persistence of class and inequality even in a democratic age (denying a path forward lies in a growing sympathy for socialism), but will propose that only a well-formed elite can support a humane condition of the populace, and only a well-formed populace can fruitfully restrain the hubris of a liberal elite and even orient them toward virtue. Through such a mixed regime, practices supporting a common good might emerge, correcting the core weakness of a liberal order designed to forestall such a possibility.

Mar 21 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 29 – A Militant Church (7. 24. 17)

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On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast:

Editor Rusty Reno and literary editor Matthew Schmitz talk to associate editor Julia Yost about a recent article in the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica. According to the authors, both of whom are advisers to Pope Francis, American Evangelicals and Catholics are warmongers and apocalyptic cultists bent on establishing a theocratic state. What does the article reveal about American religious conservatives—and about its authors?

Then, Julia reflects on her experience reviewing Louise Milligan’s Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell.

Jul 24 2017

39mins

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Rank #12: Episode 7 – The Francis Effect? (8. 26. 16)

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New survey findings from Georgetown University update us on rates of ritual participation among American Catholics. Do they show a “Francis Effect”? If so, is the effect positive or negative? Rusty, Matthew, and Julia discuss why millennial Catholics need more, not less, incense. Then, Broadway’s “Hamilton” is up for debate: Is it “a pack of tricks we play on the dead”—retrojecting multicultural ideology onto the Founding? Or does it benignly correct our postmodern suspicion of the American past? Assistant editor Alexi Sargeant and junior fellow Connor Grubaugh debate. Finally, the Marquis de Lafayette speaks through Alexi, rapping very fast about guns and ships.

Aug 26 2016

43mins

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Rank #13: Episode 11 – American Caesar (9. 23. 16)

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Helen Andrews provides some historical perspective on the choice Americans must make this November—between two styles of dictator, the personalist (Trump) and the clientelist (Clinton). She looks back on the last president who combined these two styles, as an illustration of how momentous a dictatorial presidency can be. Then, Matthew Walther previews a new edition of T. H. White’s “The Once and Future King,” a novel that contains more metaphysics, and less fantasy, than you think. Finally, Walther takes aim at E. B. White (no relation), explaining why “Elements of Style” is overrated and the passive voice is underrated.

Sep 23 2016

41mins

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Rank #14: Why Go To College? - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1.30.20)

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Johann Neem joins the podcast to discuss his recent book, “What's the Point of College?: Seeking Purpose in an Age of Reform.”

Jan 30 2020

30mins

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Rank #15: Chesterton and Trump - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (9. 6. 19)

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Dale Ahlquist joins Mark to discuss G. K. Chesterton’s life and legacy—and what he would have made of today’s populist movements.

Sep 06 2019

31mins

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Rank #16: Episode 9 – Trigger Warning! (9. 9. 16)

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Phyllis Schlafly, anti-feminist icon and foe of the Equal Rights Amendment, died this week. Rusty, Mark, and Julia discuss her legacy—with the help of their special guest, journalist and editor and all-around legend Midge Decter. Then, it’s time to head back to campus—and that means getting up to speed on the new rules for avoiding microaggressions. Is it still okay to say “you guys”? Rusty has sympathy for the special snowflakes; Mark and Julia have stories from the trenches.

Sep 09 2016

43mins

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Rank #17: Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (3. 21. 18) - Inside the Mind of Thomas More

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David Oakley and senior editor Mark Bauerlein discuss Oakley’s book “Inside the Mind of Thomas More: The Witness of His Writings.”

Mar 21 2018

48mins

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Rank #18: Episode 19 – Therapeutic Culture (12. 13. 16)

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On this episode of the FIRST THINGS Podcast: Editor Rusty Reno introduces Philip Rieff’s The Triumph of the Therapeutic: The Uses of Faith after Freud. Published in 1966 and still fresh today, Rieff’s book (we particularly recommend the introduction) is the original and best critique of our therapeutic culture. Then, Senior editor Mark Bauerlein and associate editor Julia Yost discuss the 2016 season in college football.

Dec 13 2016

56mins

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Rank #19: The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (1. 11. 19)

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Father Thomas Guarino joins senior editor Mark Bauerlein to discuss Guarino’s book “The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II: Continuity and Reversal in Catholic Doctrine.”

Jan 11 2019

24mins

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Rank #20: Strong Gods and Weak Gods - Conversations with Mark Bauerlein (11.15.19)

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R. R. Reno discusses the dogmas and assumptions of the postwar consensus, the rise of populism, and his new book, “Return of the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism, and the Future of the West.”

https://www.amazon.com/Return-Strong-Gods-Nationalism-Populism/dp/1621578003

Nov 15 2019

34mins

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