“We care for the environment precisely because God will create a new earth.”

If you ever overhear me muttering threats while I read Christian media, it's likely that I've discovered more "Christian" shows of contempt for environmentalists. It's amazing how often I find fellow believers putting down those who strive to save the natural world our Creator made. I get sick to my stomach when I hear that Christians disregard the state of the environment because, well, Jesus is coming back soon so why worry about global warming? And when certain Christian movie-review … [Read more...]

“The Nativity Story”: Gritty realism? Or sentimental, romantic iconography?

Christianity Today's David Neff, in the new issue: "This film ... runs from the horror [of Herod's bloodshed] and quickly reverts into Silent Night"-happy ending mode. The shift from the realism of Mary and Joseph's life in Nazareth to the romantic iconography of the Nativity scene seems to be a surrender to the romantic structrure of the plot. The gritty reality of village life in first-century Palestine is abandoned in favor of Christmas-card sentimentality, with wise men, shepherds, animals, … [Read more...]


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