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FIRST THINGS is America's premier journal of religion and public life. It begins with the premise that to understand American society-and where it is headed-it is necessary to understand its religious life and values. FIRST THINGS' broad coverage of religious and cultural issues encompasses politics, economics, ethics, education, science, and literature and the arts. Though concerned with issues of great seriousness, FIRST THINGS is lively, readable, and entertaining.

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First Things is great. Most of the articles each month begin with a view of the world founded on truth as a reality accessible by the human mind, something that no other popular magazine provides.

Kindle First Things is wonderful, when it arrives. I love using Text-to-Speech while eating breakfast - much easier than flipping through a magazine.

The problem is that the delivery is later than the paper edition, something strange in the internet age. I do not expect an email to take longer than the U.S. Post, but the Kindle edition arrives well after the print edition. Even the free articles are on the website now, and I still do not have the new edition.

Also, I am glad to support First Things, but the price inconsistencies are strange. First Things paper edition is $39 a year directly from the publisher, $20 from Amazon, and the Kindle edition is $24. How the paper edition can be less than the Kindle edition between postage and printing, I do not know. That it is half the price when Amazon sells it than getting it directly is also odd.

Also, while paying more, I do not get the benefit of the website subscription that print subscribers get for free.

When the Kindle edition is finally delivered, I will probably read it cover to cover in a couple days, and I would be loathe to give up text-to-speech, but I am tempted to pay less, have a website subscription, and get earlier delivery by subscribing to the paper edition.
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Mark Knoll once wrote that "the scandal of the evangelical mind is that there isn't much of one." It doesn't take much time reading Christian blogs, listening to Christian radio, or (worst of all) watching Christian television to show that Professor Knoll has a point. But all is not lost. There is still a vibrant community of conservative, orthodox Christians who have not fallen into the snare of anti-intellectualism which dominates not only Christian but, frankly, most American circles. First Things is a part of that community. As a Protestant, I obviously don't agree with many of the pro-Catholic pieces, but I appreciate the overall serious tone and well-reasoned arguments which one can expect in every issue. As such, I consider First Things an invaluable resource for any Christian who wants to think deeper on key issues- or even the skeptic who wants something more than a straw man to wrestle with.
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I've been reading "First Things" for more than a decade now and am delighted to see a fine version of it on Kindle. While I am using a Kindle Fire to read it, "First Things" can also be read on the more basic Kindle versions. The magazine offers solid articles on a host of topics and the book reviews are not to be missed. Having said that, simply put, something is missing. "First Things" was the brainchild of Father Richard John Neuhaus. Father Neuhaus offered excellent commentary in the back of the magazine for many years. His writings were often funny and charming, sometimes biting (and even scathing) and almost always insightful. "First Things" has had a parade of editors and writers trying to recapture the magic since Father Neuhaus passed away. None of them are even close. While "First Things" is still worth reading, it's not quite what it used to be.
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Be advised that as a Kindle Edition subscriber you will not be able to login to their website (firstthings.com). They told me that because I'm not a print subscriber I will not have login access to their website. Not sure what that will or will not get you. Other than that it is a very good magazine and all the print articles are available in the Kindle Edition.
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By MS on April 4, 2013
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If you are tired of the banality and emptiness of most modern discourse First Things will seem like fresh oxygen for your mind and your soul. If you already understand that faith and reason belong together then you will enjoy this magazine.
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Love the Christian approach to issues. Sometimes the language is almost pretentious--using five-dollar words when one-dollar words will do. Some of the authors might take a lesson from C. S. Lewis on language usage.
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Mainly checked out the mag for current thought from the conservative perspective of Christianity. I tend to favor more progressive versions, even an atheistic perspective on occasion. I respect the determination of some of their writers. I wonder, what would the world look like if Christianity never happened?
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By Bradley on February 20, 2015
An excellent, in-depth, scholarly, yet readable discussion of relevant topics pertinent to the faith. Can be good for lectio divina as well.
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