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Here’s this week’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith and media.

I’m taking a couple of weeks off. In the meantime, here are some top choices to keep an eye at the movies and on television.

4/21/17 – Here’s this week’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith and media.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in Theaters this weekend: Set in 1914 as World War I looms, The Promise is a romantic epic set in Turkey during the crumbling of the Ottoman Empire.  Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by anti-Armenian fervor that leads to attempted genocide. .

Caught up in the chaos are Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), an Armenian medical student determined to his ancestral village Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries. Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), is covering the historic events, accompanied by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father.

When Michael meets Ana, a romantic rivalry is sparked between the two men who, nonetheless, share a commitment to saving Armenian Christians from the Turkish government.

Worth Noting on TV:  The 10-episode miniseries Genius debuts on National Geographic Channel on Tuesday, April 25 @ 9:00 PM ET. Geoffrey Rush stars as Albert Einstein in a biography executive produced by Academy-award winners Brian Grazer & Ron Howard.
Regarding faith, Einstein often spoke of a higher power and clearly realized the limits of science alone.
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” — Albert Einstein
If Einstein had a religion, it may have been summed up as relentless humility. He accepted the label of agnostic but said “I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.”

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

 

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