Category: Books, Movies and Television


Why Christians Might Watch Game of Thrones


  Kevin De Young stated recently that he didn't understand Christians watching Game of Thrones. Before I engage his main idea, I have a few preliminary, knee-jerk reactions to his post: First:  A particular strain of North American Christian is particularly sensitive to sexual content.  DeYoung's post only questions this....

My Question about Dunkirk


  A few quick thoughts on Dunkirk (no spoilers) Incredible film--go see it. In Dunkirk, we see people under stress. Under this stress, some people respond well, others not so well. Everyone in the audience agrees when a person does something good, and when a person behaves badly. When someone...

The Gospel According to Wonder Woman


I like nearly all of the superhero movies that have inundated the summer cinema for the last decade, but this one might be my favourite. For one thing, it is set in Europe during the First World War.  I've been interested in The Great War since a veteran came to...

I Still Love Audible Books


I have kept up with my "reading" on Audible Books for another year. Still climbing my local mountain. There is some concern that I won't hear the bears, but so far I have seen them a long way off so my sense of hearing has not, so far, been necessary....

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 — The Philosophy of Heaven


SPOILER ALERT In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Peter Quill finds his father.  He actually finds two. These fathers embody contrary philosophies. The philosophy of heaven and the philosophy of hell. Ego, played by Kurt Russell is the representative of the philosophy of hell.  This perspective is described by...

Why I teach 1984.


I feel vindicated. I have been asked countless times, "Do you still teach that?  I read it when I was in school."  This past week George Orwell's dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, topped Amazon's bestseller list.  There is so much that recommends it.  One of the reasons everyone should read Nineteen Eighty-Four is that...

Abraham, Issac and The Walking Dead Season Premiere


Of course I watched the season 7 premier of The Walking Dead to find out whose head got smashed with Lucille, in last season's finale.  I expected Abraham because he's too much of a soldier; Rick and company need to be vulnerable in the face of Negan.  I was also prepared for Glen...

Microwave Chicken Teriyaki Jesus


I really liked Bryan F. Hurlbutt's book Tasty Jesus. In it he asserts that Western Christianity holds to various cameos of Christ that aren't accurate. This is because we tend to reconfigure Jesus to suit our personal preferences. In order to make complex cultural and philosophical ideas accessible, Hurlbutt uses food...

Time and Despair


We modern folks have a very modern view of time.   Having emptied time of transcendence, we think of it as mere chronology or sequence. Still, this sequence can be viewed optimistically; in our culture we tend to find meaning in time in terms of human progress. But there is a...

Why I am not a Conservatyve


I am not a Conservatyve because of three books. Before I get to the books, let me just say that there are a lot of intelligent liberals and conservatives who hold their views because of careful thought and research.  I'm not talking about those. I'm talking about cheap imitations. My...