Would I care more about 50 Shades, if I were Evangelical?

Over in our Evangelical Channel, a brief post by Samuel James, entitled "50 Shades of Self-Loathing" has gone mega-viral. In conversation with an Evangelical friend, I've learned that some Evangelical energy has put into promoting a "boycott" of the movie.The Evangelical community is very exercised about 50 Shades of Grey, and I'm trying to figure out why we Catholics seem less so.It's not as if bishops have not spoken out about the film and exhorted us to holiness. It's not as if … [Read more...]

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The Vulgar Tongue

The editors of America Magazine have slipped on their shoulder pads and sharpened up their cleats in order to tackle runaway vulgarity among our youngsters:The veteran Catholic editor A. E. P. (Ed) Wall begins his Easter message: “Jesus Christ, whose name is heard in careless expletives by the vocabulary-challenged in TV and film, we know you as Eternal.” He’s on to something.The status of a language determines the status of a culture. And contemporary culture seems less capable of dealing wi … [Read more...]

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Church of Geeks

WRITTEN BY MAX LINDENMAN:Poor Glen Lafantasie. The Civil War historian from Kentucky is freaking out over the sesquicentennial of the war's declaration. He fears it will trigger a nostalgic frenzy among the amateurs -- particularly the reenactors, who seem to him touched by the obsessiveness that’s made sci-fi and comic fanboys such an easy target for stand-up comedians:Civil War reenactors and buffs seem to have a far greater tolerance level than I do. They live and breathe the war r … [Read more...]

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