Toward a Definition of “Religious Movies”

Last week, I got the itch to write about how we talk about what a “religious” movie is. So I did, and if you’re interested in the topic, you might find the post useful: . . . there’s a wide gulf between the various definitions of religious moviesthat we’ve been using. But because we’re using the same [Read More...]

What If Age is Nothing But a Mind-Set?

The New York Times reports on an old study about age, and whether it may merely be a state of mind: Langer did not try to replicate the study — mostly because it was so complicated and expensive; every time she thought about trying it again, she talked herself out of it. Then in 2010, [Read More...]

Lila and the Religious Novelist

Here’s a great review from The New Republic of Marilynne Robinson’s highly acclaimed latest novel, Lila: Marilynne Robinson is one of the great religious novelists, not only of our age, but any age. Reading her new novel Lila, one wonders how critics could worry that American fiction has lost its faith, though such worries make one think there [Read More...]

The Problem with Positive Thinking

Here’s a fascinating piece from the New York Times about the problem with positive thinking (and a solution): Positive thinking fools our minds into perceiving that we’ve already attained our goal, slackening our readiness to pursue it. Some critics of positive thinking have advised people to discard all happy talk and “get real” by dwelling on [Read More...]


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