Here is an interesting and evenhanded article from the New York Times about Christian films, particularly the upcoming What if . . ., which I know nothing about. There were a few telling passages in the article, such as the paragraph discussing how hardly any directors or screenwriters are interested in producing content for Christian audiences. Dallas Jenkins, the director of What if . . ., nails it when he says, “All movies have a secret message. And the idea that a religious message would be more dangerous than any other message in our culture is fairly ridiculous.” The article’s author also observes that a “more subjective moral perspective” became common in films during and after the 1970s.
Jim Wallis may be the most prominent representative of the Christian Left today. He has spent the last 30-40 years promoting the State as a vehicle of salvation and had all kinds of nice things to say about Mao Zedong and Pol Pot when they were murdering millions of people. Now it appears that he lied his keester off and slandered a putative brother in Christ to keep people from learning about how he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants from arch-Christophobe George Soros. Hmm.
Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther made his pilgrimage from Erfurt to Rome and saw the corruption of the Renaissance papacy up close. Now a married couple is reenacting the 1510 pilgrimage with an ecumenical goal.
Real men read Jane Austen. Right now at the British Library there is a special exhibition of her manuscripts.
Evil capitalists save homeowners from eviction. Of course, everyone knows they should have just canceled the mortgages altogether after acquiring them.
Even though the Brits like classical music, they can’t tell composers from Italian cheese. I’m sure Americans are no more knowledgeable.
Here are some photos from this year’s Palio in Siena. I’m sure this would be a blast to attend, but I’m not too keen on being packed into the campo like a sardine.
Sheep have colonized the Hobbiton set from the Lord of the Rings movies!
Dr. Samuel Johnson on Twitter? Maybe there’s still hope.