First Things is published by the Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and educational 501(c)(3) organization. The Institute was founded in 1990 by Richard John Neuhaus and his colleagues to confront the ideology of secularism, which insists that the public square must be “naked,” and that faith has no place in shaping the public conversation or in shaping public policy. The Institute's mission is to articulate a governing consensus that supports a religiously pluralistic society capable of cooperating to defend human dignity from conception to natural death, a democratically, constitutionally ordered form of government supported by a religiously and morally serious culture, economic freedom that encourages a culture of personal and communal responsibility, and genuine patriotism and loyalty to the Western tradition that provide a basis for responsible global citizenship.
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