That Is Not What the Bible Says…

It’s months too late to be “relevant”… but I don’t think the timing is the problem here:



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God Remains Inexplicably Deaf to Rick Santorum’s Prayers (Again): ‘The Christmas Candle’ Bombs at the Box Office

Max Lucado is a Texas preacher and writer with 80 million books in print, including Just Like Jesus and When God Whispers Your Name.

Rick Santorum is the über-Catholic former Senator from Pennsylvania who, after losing his bid for re-election in 2006, made a failed presidential run, and then announced he would start a film company to make good old-fashioned, pro-Christian, family-friendly fare. He’s on record as calling Hollywood “the devil’s playground.”

Let’s see if these two were made for each other. (No, not that way.) Santorum produced a treacly Hallmark-meets-Dickens period movie, in theaters now, based on Lucado’s The Christmas Candle.

Here’s the trailer:

The critics have shown themselves somewhere between lukewarm and ice cold.

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Drawing Them In: Is Religion Becoming a More Prominent Theme in Comic Books?

Not being a connoisseur of comics, I’d always assumed that most comic book characters were religiously neutral. After all, religion can be divisive — so if you’re a creator of comic books, why alienate a big chunk of your prospective audience with your character’s God beliefs?

But that was before I stumbled across Comic Book Religion, a website that claims to have sussed out the theological leanings of everyone from Batman (lapsed Episcopalian/Catholic) to Bart Simpson (Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism).



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What’s It Like to be an Atheist in Poland? This Movie Will Show You

I’d never heard of this guy until yesterday, but Casimir Liszinski (a.k.a. Kazimierz Łyszczyński) was a Polish soldier executed for the crime of atheism in 1689.

Zenon Kalafaticz created an English-language documentary about how atheism fares in Poland more than three centuries after Liszinski was killed. In it, he speaks with a number of Polish atheist leaders and describes why there’s so much pushback against the powerful Catholic Church.

I watched excerpts of it yesterday and it looks fascinating (though I can’t shake how the narrator’s voice sounds like one you’d hear in an episode of “South Park”). In any case, if you have some time, check out 324 Years After…:

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Guess Which 80s TV Star Appears in This New Christian Film? No, Not That One…

Liberty Counsel, the Christian group that flips out when anyone says “Happy Holidays,” just released the trailer for its first film. (Yep, they make films now.)

It features a washed-up actor from the ’80s, a plotline with evil secular educators, and angsty Christian youth ready to reclaim their faith. In other words, this is exactly like every Christian movie you’ve (n)ever seen…

I guess Kirk Cameron was unavailable, though, so they got Erik Estrada:

The film is called “Uncommon“:

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