The Young Messiah: Recording of Today’s Chat with Cyrus Nowrasteh

The video above is the recording of today’s chat that myself and several other Patheos bloggers had with director Cyrus Nowrasteh about his new movie The Young Messiah. If you missed the live chat earlier today, this is your chance to hear the conversation. There were some technical hitches that kept me from being there [Read More…]

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Live Chat about The Young Messiah

Patheos will be hosting a live chat about the new movie The Young Messiah tomorrow afternoon. You can register and participate here: https://patheos.learnitlive.com/class/8531/Live-Chat-The-Young-Messiah# I may not be able to stay for the whole thing, but I’m planning on being there for at least the first half. Hope you can join us! See also my blog [Read More…]

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The Young Messiah

I am grateful to have had the opportunity (as part of the Patheos Movie Club) to see an advance viewing of The Young Messiah, a movie based on the novel by Anne Rice, the original title of which was Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. The story begins with text suggesting that many Jews fled [Read More…]

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The Vatican, Star Wars, and Stephen Colbert

I assume that anyone who continues to read my blog regularly probably shares my enjoyment of and interest in science fiction, religion, and humor. And so if you haven’t seen it already, you will want to watch the clip above, which sees Stephen Colbert torn between his childhood faith and upbringing, and his church.   [Read more…]

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A New Category of Violence

The image came to my attention via John Byron on Facebook. What is “biblical violence” in this context? How is it different from other kinds of violence? Or is it violence of “biblical proportions”?   [Read more…]

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Happy Birthday, Roy!

It is a striking coincidence that I just a few days ago watched Blade Runner again, together with my son who was seeing it for the first time. Its future is too close in time to ours to seem plausible now, but other than the dates being off, the possibility of genetically engineering something better than robots [Read More…]

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Spoiler-Free Review of The Force Awakens

Stephen Matheson shared his experience of seeing the new Star Wars movie on Facebook, and considerately redacted out anything that might give away plot details. It was so good, I had to share it: Thoughts about The Force Awakens. Spoilers have been fully redacted, so you may read without fear of having your first viewing [Read More…]

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I Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

I’ve seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. For the most part, I love what J. J. Abrams has accomplished. Have you seen it yet? If not, you won’t want to read further. There are some major spoilers. It is only a minor spoiler to mention the fact that, when the introductory text rolls at [Read More…]

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The New Star Wars Trailer

The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is intriguing, although I confess that it hasn’t really made me more excited about the movie that will be in cinemas in December. It took a while until the music or the action in the trailer started to really connect with me – although when it [Read More…]

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Have a Snickers, Jesus

When I shared David Hayward’s depiction of the temple incident, suggesting that it happened because Jesus hadn’t had his morning coffee, Brian Le Port pointed out that it reminded him of one of those Snickers commercials. It seemed worth actually making it, and so I did. In case it needs to be said, I don’t [Read More…]

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Batman More Scholarly Than Zeitgeist?

Richard Carrier could be a comedian. He recently said on his blog that he wants to make a better movie promoting mythicism than Zeitgeist is. And so he is putting his weight behind a movie called “Batman and Jesus.” No, I’m not kidding. Watch the video and see for yourself:   [Read more…]

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