Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: A Parable about War, Violence, and Human Nature

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Some people claim that organized religion is the root of all evil and violence in the world – that without disputes over God, humanity would live in relative peace. I thought of those people while watching “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which presents a world in which violence and war still exist without [Read More...]

Choosing Veterans Over Hollywood

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The following post was written by The Christophers’ Jerry Costello: I remember once, years ago, writing a Christopher column about a nun who made a project of sorts out of Gregory Peck, the actor. She had been on an NBC tour when he was a page and was taken with his voice, and now, a [Read More...]

Restoring Order with Stories: Damon Lindelof, Walt Disney, & Faith/Parental Issues on “Lost”

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Sunday’s New York Times featured a fascinating profile of Damon Lindelof, who served as co-showrunner (along with Carlton Cuse) of the TV series “Lost.” Two of the primary tensions throughout the show’s six seasons were the struggle of the main character, Jack Shephard, to believe in a power greater than himself – and also to [Read More...]

Murder and Human Dignity in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

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Action movies often hinge on whether the good guys can defeat the bad guys in a giant battle royale. But “X-Men: Days of Future Past” presents a different question in its story: namely, can an act of nonviolence – specifically, preventing the murder of someone who arguably deserves to die – result in the desired [Read More...]


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