First Things (FT) is a journal aimed at "advanc[ing] a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society",[1] focusing on theologyliturgyhistory of religionchurch historycultureeducationsocietypoliticsliteraturebook reviews and poetryFirst Things is inter-religious, inter-denominational and ecumenical, especially Christian and Jewish. It articulates Christian ecumenism, Christian–Jewish dialogue, erudite social and political conservatism and a critique of contemporary society.

首要事务是一本旨在“为社会秩序推进一种宗教信息的公共哲学”的杂志, [1] 关注神学、礼拜仪式、宗教史、教会历史、文化、教育、社会、政治、文学、书评和诗歌。是跨宗教、跨教派和合一的,尤其是基督教和犹太教。它阐明了基督教的普世主义、基督教与犹太教的对话、博学的社会和政治保守主义以及对当代社会的批判。

First Things has often hosted statements by Evangelicals and Catholics Together, a group of leading scholars in the United States that are either evangelical Protestants or Catholics.


Contributors usually represent traditional CatholicOrthodoxAnglicanProtestant (especially LutheranMethodist and Presbyterian), Jewish and Islamic viewpoints.

贡献者通常代表传统的天主教、东正教、圣公会、新教(尤其是路德教、卫理公会和长老会)、犹太教和伊斯兰教的观点。 [31]

Ross Douthat wrote that, through First Things, Neuhaus demonstrated "that it was possible to be an intellectually fulfilled Christian".[3] George Weigel, a long-time contributor and IRPL board member, wrote in Newsweek that, under the influence of Neuhaus First Things had "quickly became, under his leadership and inspiration, the most important vehicle for exploring the tangled web of religion and society in the English-speaking world."[4]

罗斯·杜特写道,通过纽豪斯,他证明了“成为一个智力上满足的基督徒是可能的”。 [3] 乔治·魏格尔(George Weigel)是IRPL的长期贡献者和董事会成员,他在信中写道,在纽豪斯的影响下,“在他的领导和启发下,很快成为探索英语世界宗教与社会错综复杂的网络的最重要工具。” [4] 


History 历史

First Things was founded in March 1990 by Richard John Neuhaus, a Lutheran pastor turned Catholic priest, intellectual, writer and activist. He started the journal, along with some long-time friends and collaborators, after he left the Rockford Institute.[5]
1990年3月,理查德·约翰·纽豪斯(Richard John Neuhaus)由路德教会牧师、知识分子、作家和活动家转变为天主教牧师。在他离开罗克福德研究所后,他与一些长期的朋友和合作者一起创办了这本杂志。 [5] 

In 1996, in response to the Colorado Supreme Court's decision in Romer v. Evans which the magazine's leaders correctly predicted the Supreme Court of the United States would uphold on appeal, First Things published a symposium titled "The End of Democracy?" which denounced the ruling and included an essay by Charles Colson which called for a violent uprising against the United States government.[6] The symposium was widely denounced by the mainstream press and more moderate conservatives including Midge Decter who screamed at Neuhaus in a telephone call, and David Brooks, and the resignation of editorial board members Gertrude Himmelfarb and Walter Berns.[6]

1996年,为了回应科罗拉多州最高法院的判决,该杂志的领导人正确地预测了美国最高法院将在上诉中维持原判,出版了一篇名为“民主的终结?”的专题讨论会,谴责了这一裁决,并包括查尔斯·科尔森(Charles Colson)的一篇文章,呼吁对美国政府发动暴力起义。 [6] 研讨会受到主流媒体和更温和的保守派的广泛谴责,包括在电话中对纽豪斯尖叫的米吉·德克特和大卫·布鲁克斯,以及编辑委员会成员格特鲁德·希梅尔法布和沃尔特·伯恩斯的辞职。 [6] 

Neuhaus, the journal's editor-in-chief until his death in January 2009, wrote columns called "The Public Square" and "While We're At It". Three editors served under Neuhaus: James Nuechterlein, a Lutheran, from 1990 to 2004; Damon Linker, who converted from Judaism to Catholicism, from 2004 to 2005, when he left over disagreements with the editor-in-chief (he later published The Theocons, a book very critical of Neuhaus);[7][8] Joseph Bottum, a Catholic, from 2005, upon returning from The Weekly Standard.[9] After his death, Neuhaus was thus succeeded by Bottum.[10] Bottum served through October 2010, when he was forced out after a controversy about the future and the funding of the magazine, and Nuechterlein returned from retirement to become interim editor.[11][12] In April 2011, R. R. Reno, a professor of theology and ethics at Creighton University, who had been involved with the magazine for over a decade and was a Catholic convert from the Episcopal Church, was selected by the IRPL board as editor.[13][14][15] After Neuhaus's death, David P. GoldmanDavid BlumDavid Mills, Midge Decter (ad interim), Mark Bauerlein, Matthew Schmitz, Julia Yost and Dan Hitchens have served as executive or senior editors. The latter two are currently in office.

纽豪斯在2009年1月去世前一直担任该杂志的总编辑,他撰写的专栏名为“公共广场”和“当我们在做的时候”。三位编辑曾在纽豪斯任职:1990年至2004年,路德教徒詹姆斯·纽赫特莱因(James Nuechterlein);达蒙·林克(Damon Linker), 2004年到2005年从犹太教改信天主教,因为与主编意见不合而离开(他后来出版了一本非常批评纽豪斯的书); [7][8] 天主教徒约瑟夫·博特姆(Joseph Bottum), 2005年从。 [9] 他去世后,纽豪斯由此由博特姆继承。 [10] 博托姆任职至2010年10月,在关于该杂志的未来和资金的争议后被迫离职,Nuechterlein从退休中回归担任编辑。 [11][12]  2011年4月,Creighton大学神学和伦理学教授R. R. Reno被IRPL董事会选为编辑。R. R. Reno与该杂志合作了十多年,是一名从圣公会皈依天主教的人。 [13][14]< /b8> Neuhaus去世后,David P. Goldman、David Blum、David Mills、Midge Decter()、Mark Bauerlein、Matthew Schmitz、Julia Yost和Dan Hitchens担任执行或高级编辑。后两者目前都在职。

In 2018, First Things published a review by Romanus Cessario, OP of Vittorio Messori's book Kidnapped by the Vatican? The Unpublished Memoirs of Edgardo Mortara, on the case of Eugenio Mortara, a Jewish boy who was mistakenly baptized by nuns who believed his parents were dead and kidnapped by the Vatican, on the grounds that anyone who was baptized had to be raised Catholic. Cessario wrote that "Divine Providence kindly arranged for his being introduced into a regular Christian life."[16] Catholic writer Michael Sean Winters called the article "morally repugnant" and "intellectually deplorable", while First Things regular contributor Robert P. George described it as "an embarrassment".[17]

2018年,维托里奥·梅索里(Vittorio Messori)的书的执笔罗曼努斯·塞斯里奥(Romanus Cessario)发表了一篇评论,评论了犹太男孩Eugenio Mortara的案件。修女们认为他的父母已经死亡,并被梵蒂冈绑架,错误地为他施洗,理由是任何受洗的人都必须是天主教徒。塞斯里奥写道:“上帝仁慈地安排他进入正常的基督徒生活。” [16] 天主教作家Michael Sean Winters称这篇文章“道德上令人反感”,“理智上令人遗憾”,而定期撰稿人Robert P. George则将其描述为“令人尴尬”。 [17] 



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