Is Life but a Shadow??— the ‘Shadowlands’

If you have read any Plato you will know that he argues in the Republic that this world is a world of shadows, of which the substance can be found in the eternal world. You hear something like this in the book of Hebrews as well. Plato conjures up the image of a man seeing images on the wall of a cave with light and the reality projecting those images on the wall. But is it true— that this life… Read more

OOPS! What’s wrong with this Picture?

Ah Nike, you really know how to inspire the fan base. Here is the latest Carolina Panther’s T shirt. My suggestion is go out and buy it quickly…. it will be worth a lot in due course. Take a good hard look at this merchandise and ask yourself this question— What’s Wrong with this Picture? Well, for starters, the Carolina Panthers play in Charlotte, and last I checked that’s 25 miles inside the southern border of North Carolina. So the… Read more

Anthony Hopkins on Acting and Playing C.S. Lewis

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C.S. Lewis on Being and Doing, Character and Plot

(an excerpt from the film Shadowlands). The question is—– Do you agree with Aristotle??? Read more

Evangelicals and Catholics Together

(This was sent to me by Timothy George). Avery’s Ten Rules July 14, 2013 Timothy George Cardinal Dulles The year 2014 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the first publication of the ongoing project Evangelicals and Catholics Together. From the beginning, ECT was more than an alliance of convenience. It was a theological movement grounded in the Holy Scriptures and the deepest impulses of the historic Christian faith. In this work we were guided by two senior theologians, Dr…. Read more

Even More Speed— the Final Gallery

One of the more popular scenes in religious art is the story of Paul’s U Turn on Damascus Road— the conversion scene. By the time Gaspar de Crayer, a Flemish painter, painting in the 1640s, did this rendering of the scene, there had been a long standing tradition of depicting Paul falling off his horse at this juncture. Never mind that the story told thrice in Acts (9, 22,26) says nothing of a horse. Different artists have of course painted… Read more

More Art from the Speed Gallery

This painting is entitled ‘the Sermon of the Apostle’ but clearly he hasn’t much of an audience in this case. The artist is Giovanni Panini and this was painted in about 1758. You can tell that while the official subject of the painting is St. Paul’s preaching, perhaps in Athens, that what the artist was really interested in painting was the landscape and ruins. This is in fact typical of a good deal of religious art done on commission by… Read more

Joke of the Day– A Minister’s Mishaps

A minister was driving too fast going down a slippery road on a rainy day when his car slid off the highway and rolled down an embankment coming to a stop after rolling over some six times. The pastor however escaped without a scratch and was dusting himself off when a drunk, who was trailing the pastor’s car pulled over to the shoulder and ran down the embankment to see if the minister was alright. “You o.k.” slurred the drunk…. Read more

The Hobbit– The Desolation of Smaug

While the general tenor of the reviews of the first Hobbit movie was that there was disappointment, not with the new technology, but with the way the story was presented, especially the over-emphasis on running and chasing and fighting. It looked like Peter Jackson, in lieu of more substantive material, had simply elongated the fighting sequences, especially the one underground. We now have the official trailer for the second film, which deals with the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch… Read more

Religion and Super Bowl Commercials

In any given year, the most money spent on TV commercials comes with the most watched TV event of the year— the Super Bowl. And believe it or not there have been commercials made that deal with religion, such as the recent pro-faith and pro-life commercial involving Tim Tebow which aired during the last Super Bowl. But there have been other crassly commercial attempts to lure the faithful to more use of certain junk food products. Here’s an example of… Read more