Latest Blog Posts on the Ten Commandments
In the midst of the silly battles over "Noah ," Liel Leibovitz has a superb piece on the Tablet website about how the best movies always have a religious component . As is often the case when we strive to talk seriously about popular entertainment, we’re asking all the wrong questions. Rather than fretting about whether Hollywood gets religion—it does, gloriously so, and to great effect—we s ...
As I noted earlier, Variety reported the results of a bogus survey as though it represented legitimate concerns from the faith community about the upcoming film, "Noah," starring Russell Crowe and directed by Darren Aronofsky. It is always disappointing when a small portion of the Christian community perpetuates the worst stereotypes too-often assigned to all believers, coming across as shrill, ...
Joshua 7, a sobering chapter deals with sin in the Israelite camp. It begins with a sin committed by Achan, one member of the tribe of Judah. When the Israelites took the city of Jericho as recorded in chapter 6, God tells them not to take anything from the siege. But, Achan disobeys and takes some of the “accursed” things and then lies about it. Not only does he lie, but his entire family ...
WGN America and he Weinstein Company are joining together to produce "Ten Commandments," a 10-part scripted series that with directors including Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven and Michael Cera each taking on a different commandment and giving it a modern day interpretation. This sounds like an American version of Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Decalogue . Looking forward to i ...
Happy 2014, Tushkateers! How y'all doing? So far, so good? Maybe? For those 60% who are experiencing "The Freeze," is it cold enough for you? OMG!!! Just writing about it makes my fingers cold! Please know that we ( Our Lady of Weight Loss , me and my blooming amaryllis) are sending warm thoughts, and a link to my very funny video , entitled " The Freeze Your Ass Off Diet ...
Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture. 'Tis the season. Yesterday, I posted my conversation with UP Founder and CEO Charley Humbard about how his network's Top Secret Santa campaign (part of the network's ongoing Uplift Someone initiative) is an attempt to carry forth the values of the channel's programming into real life and action. UP, of c ...
The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought Out, Murdered in the Kenyan Mall Massacre,” “Judicial Watch Seeks Reason Why ‘So Help Me God’ Removed From U.S. Air Force Oath.” An Egyptian church burns But the me ...
The Jewish holiday of S ukkot (Tabernacles) just ended. The biblical reading for the holiday contains the famous scene where Moses shatters the tablets containing the Ten Commandments. This act emanated from his anger at his people’s worshipping of the golden calf. In trying to make sense of this text, the Jewish sages asked a poignant question. What happened to the shattered tablets? Did ...
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