Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

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Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

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I think of him almost every day. Sometimes it's with a vague feeling of inadequacy, even resentment. How did he get so much done, and so well? A column in the morning, a manifesto over lunch, and a movement launched by cocktail hour, leaving plenty of time for after-dinner conversation. But for the most part I'm very thankful. He created First Things. For two decades he filled its pages and gathered around the magazine a readership: ecumenical, orthodox, and determined to have a say in civic life. But for Richard John Neuhaus you wouldn't be reading these words today.

This month marks the fifth anniversary of his death. In this issue former junior fellow Nathaniel Peters remembers his final months and days. My memories are less focused and certainly less poignant. …

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