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What is the ‘Right Stuff’? (by Gareth Higgins)

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If you want to find out what it means to be a hero, you could do worse than seeing two current documentaries: In the Shadow of the Moon and The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Shadow consists of […]

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Ann Coulter is to Christianity as … (by Becky Garrison)

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Here’s an intriguing SAT-style question. Ann Coulter is to Christianity as … (A) Dr. James Dobson is to Sponge Bob Square Pants(B) The new thought movement is to common sense(C) Marilyn Manson is to Satanism(D) Dick Cheney is to gun […]

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‘We’re Going to Kill Them All’ (by Gareth Higgins)

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The Kingdom opens with a striking historical montage, depicting the roots of Saudi Arabia and why this country means so much to the U.S. We’re soon plunged into a horrific attack, viewing the killing of whole American families and the […]

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NYT: ‘A Pro-Lynching Movie That Even Liberals Can Love’? (by Gareth Higgins)

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It’s intriguing how many current films address questions of revenge and justice. Like all cinematic epidemics, this is a mixed bag, from Quentin Tarantino’s alternately boring and horrifying car-crash fest Death Proof, just released on DVD, to the slasher-style terror […]

Turn the Other Cheek (by Diana Butler Bass)

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About a decade ago, I wrote a newspaper column offering a theological critique of Promise Keepers, the then-massive Christian men’s movement. Within a few days, negative mail (remember letters?) swamped my office. One missive proved especially memorable: “Dear Diana, Promise […]

Jesus Loves Kathy Griffin Anyway (by Gareth Higgins)

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After a year of scandals in which celebrities such as Mel Gibson, Don Imus, and Isaiah Washington have reminded us that fame does not cancel out bigotry, Kathy Griffin last week became the latest public figure to make such headlines […]

Back to School Reading List /by Jim Wallis/

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Many students will groan when I point out these inevitable signs of the times, and an equally inevitable conclusion. August is upon us. Summer is quickly winding down. And this can only mean one thing: school is just around the […]

Kingdom Commodified: Taking the Bible Seriously, Part II /by Elizabeth Palmberg/

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More Bible passages ignored by the Left Behind books. It’s particularly ironic that the judgment scene in Kingdom Come, the 16th Left Behind book, quotes verbatim from Matthew 25, in which Christ sends those who do not help the hungry, […]

‘Bourne’ Again? /by Gareth Higgins/

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I wrote here a few weeks ago about the new Die Hard film, and especially how I felt it represented a disturbing advance in the portrayal of heroes as violent men whose main purpose is to uphold materialism. Among other […]

Taking the Bible Seriously /by Elizabeth Palmberg/

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At the close of the 16th and final Left Behind book, which was perched on the best-seller list a couple months ago, Tim LaHaye yet again emphasizes his claim to “tak[e] the Bible literally wherever possible.” I don’t get how […]

“Once” Upon a Time in California by Gareth Higgins

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A little film called Once has been winning the hearts of cinemagoers for a couple of months now, with even Steven Spielberg saying that it has given him “enough inspiration to last the whole year.” I finally saw it earlier […]

Gareth Higgins: Antonioni and Bergman’s Films and Spiritual Activism

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Film buffs began this week greeting the news that two of our greatest artists had died. Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni lived to be 89 and 94, respectively, and were still making films until a couple of years ago. Their […]

Gareth Higgins: Ray LaMontagne, Irish Car Bombs, and Business Travelers

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Ray LaMontagne’s recent album “Till the Sun Turns Black” ends with one of the most beautiful songs about peacemaking I’ve ever heard—in which he simply repeats the refrain “War is not the answer, the answer is within you” over the […]

Diana Butler Bass: Michael Vick Versus Gregory of Nyssa

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While the rest of the world buried its collective nose in Harry Potter last weekend, I spent my time reading early Christianity. It proved a tough call: The fate of Hogwarts or the Roman Empire? I chose Constantine over Voldemort. […]

Ryan Rodrick Beiler: Discerning Documentary Dogma

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I’ve seen two powerful documentaries over the past week: Michael Moore’s new film Sicko, and the lesser-known Manufactured Landscapes. Both films are intensely political, but the contrast in their approach is striking. Moore, as usual, is on a crusade. The […]

Gareth Higgins: ‘A Mask That Eats the Face’

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Posh Spice might hope to feel at home in her new life in Los Angeles, but hubris is winding its way into her week as the ratings of her “Welcome to America” pseudo-documentary come in. In the U.K., where I […]

Laurel Mathewson: Harry Potter Takes on Lord Waldemart

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When you think of labor unions, do you think of men in coveralls, meeting in dingy buildings late at night, trying to get the public’s attention through strikes or maybe a small newspaper clipping? (I’ll admit it, I kind of […]

Gareth Higgins: Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Theology’

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Sinead O’Connor’s not angry anymore; or at least not angry in the same way. Her tearing up of a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live 15 years ago, combined with what we think we know about […]

Gareth Higgins: Live Free, or Watch ‘Die Hard’

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Great helicopters and explosions abound, the witticisms are barbed, and the cinematography is silver-grey in Die Hard 4.0 (or Live Free or Die Hard, depending on which empire you see it in). I was tired to start with, but the […]

Diana Butler Bass: A Post-Colonial Pageant

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I have a confession to make: I watched the Miss Universe pageant Monday night. I could make some lame excuse like “nothing else was on television.” But the truth of the matter is that when choosing between elevating my mind […]

Katie Van Loo: Food for Thought

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Around the lunch table the other day, a few coworkers and I discussed food, healthy eating, and body image (brought on by an amateur analysis of trans- and partially-hydrogenated fats and their banning in NYC). Yesterday while scanning my iGoogle […]

Elizabeth Palmberg: There They Go Again (And Again…)

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Deputy National Security Advisor Elliot Abrams has allegedly “blessed” an undercover CIA attempt to destabilize the government of Iran. Abrams was, of course, involved in an earlier covert attempt to undermine a foreign government (of Nicaragua) which involved illegally selling […]

Diana Butler Bass: American Muslims and Religious Freedom

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Driving around yesterday afternoon, I was flipping between the news on two radio stations – a local talk station and BBC World Radio. During the same hour, both stations covered the same story about Islam: the findings of the first-ever […]

Jim Wallis: Falwell’s Legacy

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I watched much of the cable television coverage of Jerry Falwell’s death and legacy. And I did a lot of grimacing, in response to both the uncritical adulations of his allies (who just passed over the divisive character of much […]

Jim Wallis: The Passing of Rev. Jerry Falwell

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I was saddened to learn that Rev. Jerry Falwell passed away this morning at age 73. Rev. Falwell and I met many times over the years, as the media often paired us as debate partners on issues of faith and […]

Chris LaTondresse: Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister

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The resignation of British Prime Minister Tony Blair comes as no real surprise for those watching the soap opera of British politics over the past two years. Most thought it would come much sooner. This occasion provides an opportunity to […]

Julie Clendenin: Notes From a Minivan

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Sitting in the carpool line, I’m surrounded by a crowd of high-occupancy vehicles. Almost all of them are hued in the peaceful colors of a seascape – navy blue, metallic blue, blue-green, silver, and shimmering beige. There’s not a lot […]

Alexia Salvatierra: La Alabanza es Medicina para el Alma (Praise is Medicine for the Soul)

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When elements of the recent Pew study on Hispanic religiosity were first published last summer, a number of my colleagues in movements for social justice were surprised. Many were also worried. According to the study (conducted by the Pew Hispanic […]

Jim Rice: Peggy Noonan on Scaring Our Children

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Peggy Noonan, a special assistant and speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, isn’t exactly my favorite pundit, but she’s right on in her OpinionJournal.com column today on the effect on children of our cultural propensity toward in-your-face violence. […]

Nontando Hadebe: Where is Christ in Zimbabwe’s Crisis?

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The crisis in Zimbabwe has become the crisis of the church. How can we, as Christians and Zimbabweans, be the church in this context? When the apostle Paul describes the church in 1 Corinthians 12, he uses the metaphor of […]

Julie Clendenin: Talking to Children About Tragedy

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Monday was a heavy day. That night, my family sat down for our usual routine – some quiet moments before dinner when we sit and pray together. My two younger daughters, ages 9 and 7, were in their places as […]

Rose Marie Berger: Beauty and the Ugly American

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If a world famous violinist plays his 1713 Stradivarius at the entrance of a subway in downtown Washington, D.C., will anyone listen? Watch the video clips as Joshua Bell busks at L’Enfant Plaza metro stop while 1,097 people pass by. […]

Soong-Chan Rah: Who Gets to Define America?

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Over this past weekend, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich equated bilingual education with learning “the language of living in a ghetto,” and said, “Citizenship requires passing a test on American history in English. If that’s true, then we do not […]

Jim Wallis: Crisis in the Village

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A new book just came out that you don’t want to miss. It’s by my good friend, Robert Franklin, who is the Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Emory University. He is someone I have come to deeply respect as […]

Randy Woodley: Is U.S. Democracy A Failed Experiment?

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It’s a question I had to finally face because it has been gnawing at me for years, just below the surface. As a Native American and a student of history, I know of the hypocrisy, the constant sway towards American […]

Ryan Beiler: Your Comments on Walking the Sensitivity Tightrope

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I’ve attempted to distill the most helpful elements from the rather heated comments on Tony Jones’ post on Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, much of which focused on this sentence: “I’m skeptical of a religion that admonishes its adherents to wear […]

Tony Jones: Three Choices in Pluralism

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Last week, I caused a bit of a dust-up by wondering aloud about Mitt Romney’s LDS faith, including an admittance of my own ignorance about particular practices and beliefs therein. It seems to me that Romney has been less that […]

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