Arts, Entertainment, & Pop Culture
Terry Eagleton: A Late-Life Return to Religion
In his new book, Culture and the Death of God (Yale, Mar.), Eagleton goes beyond his critique of the New Atheism to illustrate the ways in which theology raises foundational questions in a culture where political science, linguistic philosophy, and positivist science have run away from such questions.
Danish philosopher's tough ideas adapted for kids
As Denmark celebrates the philosopher's 200th birthday on Sunday, Marie Moeller has found her version of "Either/Or" — featuring strobe lights, rave music and child-size puppets — being performed in schools across the country (Associated Press)
Pat Boone family: Faith sustained us through tragedy
Prayer and, at times, medical marijuana have proved essential for Lindy Boone Michaelis as she cares for her son, who was severely injured in a three-story fall through a skylight a dozen years ago (Today, NBC)
Sculpture of Jesus the Homeless rejected by two prominent churches
It takes a moment to see that the slight figure shrouded by a blanket, hauntingly similar to the real homeless who lie on grates and in doorways, is Jesus. It’s the gaping wounds in the feet that reveal the subject, whose face is draped and barely visible, as Jesus the Homeless. (Toronto Star)
The Pre-Raphaelites get the show, and showcase, they deserve (The Weekly Standard)
Lights! Camera! Jesus! How Christians Are Building Their Own Hollywood
Yet, despite its A-list razzle dazzle, "Left Behind" was produced outside of Hollywood's traditional orbit. The man primarily responsible for bringing it to the big screen is Paul Lalonde, a Canadian filmmaker who co-produced and co-wrote it. His Ontario-based production company, Stoney Lake Entertainment, is part of an emerging nexus of movie studios that are devoted to creating Christian films.
A Theological View of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
Aside from disputes about whether torture succeeds, theologians wonder if it should be accepted by society if it does succeed (Samuel Freedman, The New York Times)
The Guardian, ACLU sue for greater media access to executions - The Washington Post
This lawsuit specifically cites Oklahoma’s botched execution of inmate Clayton Lockett in April. Witnesses were not able to see the entirety of what happened, as they were unable to watch Lockett’s final minutes. The media, and therefore the public, “received only government-edited access to an important government proceeding,” says the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
At Liberty, FBS dreams and a high-resource reality : USA Today
In the middle of a $500 million makeover of this campus, which sprouted up from the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills in 1971 under the name Lynchburg Baptist College and endured nearly 40 years of financial hardships and political controversies attached to its late founder Jerry Falwell Sr., are a sparkling set of new athletic facilities that touch nearly all of Liberty's 20 varsity sports.