- Did you know you can study comparative religion through "How many ______ does it take to change a light bulb?" jokes. Read "Light Bulb Theology."
- How are sermons like Brussels sprouts? What do clowns
have to do with church? What is the greatest hardship
inflicted on civilized people? Find out in The Gospel in
Greasepaint: Creative Biblical Skits for Clowns, Mimes,
and Other Fools for Christ! Get
info about The Gospel in Greasepaint.
- The ultimate antihero messiah for the post-9/11 "War on Terror" era can apparently be found in The Chronicles of Riddick, the sequel to Pitch Black. Overcoming evil with evil, unfortunately, seems to be the spirit of the times. Read "Fighting Evil with Another Kind of Evil?"
- Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 offer surprisingly profound spiritual lessons when unmasked from their comic-book disguise. No other films have so evocatively explored the downside of being a superhero. Peter Parker, the reluctant everyman messiah, must constantly choose between self-interest and self-sacrifice, choose between his own needs and those of others, choose between his own social life and social obligation, and make all these choices while being misunderstood and unappreciated. Being a superhero never seemed so difficult. Read "Unmasking the Spirituality of Spider-Man."
In the mythology of the very influential The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien employed several Christ figures, the most obvious being the wizard Gandalf. In Tolkien's "fundamentally religious and Catholic" novel, the symbolism of Gandalf's "death and resurrection" scenes was implicit, but Peter Jackson's film versions visually made Gandalf's Christ-figure symbolism more explicit.
Read "Middle Earth's Messianic Mythology Remixed: Gandalf's Death and Resurrection in Novel and Film." This article will explore:
• The cultural impact of Tolkien's mythology
• The meaning of myth to Tolkien
• The characteristics of a Christ figure
• What a Christ figure subtext may add to the psychological/mythological impact of a work of art
• How Gandalf's death and resurrection scenes portrayed him as a Christ figure
• How these two scenes in the films diverged from the book
• The possible meaning of that divergence (of the mythology remixed)
(This article is published on the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.)
- Because of the real-life coincidences surrounding this
film, it could be the eeriest movie ever made. Read review of The Crow.
- The mysterious Shroud of Turin has provoked controversy for centuries. Many believe it is the authentic burial cloth of Christ. Many believe it is a forgery. What if, however, there could be a final proof beyond any doubt that it was genuine? What if that proof went terribly, horribly wrong for us all? If you were told such a story by a barely glimpsed stranger, would you, should you, believe it? (Download "Ghostslinger." This article is published on Smashwords.com.)
- Suppose you invented a space-time machine with the
potential to reveal many secrets of the universe--but
also to transform renegade nations and terrorist groups
into dangerous superpowers. What would you do? Should you
concentrate on the glory and ignore the shadow side of
your life's work? Or should you destroy it all to prevent
an apocalypse? Go
to "Time Shadows" page.
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