A Hermeneutic of Oppression, a Hermeneutic of Liberation

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It's Ash Wednesday, and last night I watched 12 Years a Slave.For some reason, that film seems a fitting way to begin the Lent season. It is painful. It is intense. It's the kind of film that is impossible to "like" - it just destroys you. And in the process, it changes you.While there are plenty of wonderfully thorough reviews of the new Best Picture winner, I just want to share one observation from the film, and then make an Ash Wednesday application.First, the observation: The … [Read more...]

Like Sheep Amidst the Wolves (of Wall Street)

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Okay, so if you need some kind of disclaimer about the sex, swearing, and drug use that pervades the DiCaprio/Scorsese masterpiece The Wolf of Wall Street, please consult Focus on the Family's Plugged In Movie Review (if you dare).Suffice it to say, there are not graphic or profane scenes in this film - the film itself is a graphic and profane scene. It is, in this sense, an experience of the excessive, a revelation of the gratuitous. And how could it not be? If we have any illusions about … [Read more...]


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