By Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer
Since well before the release of Darren Aronofsky’s epic actioner NOAH, religious leaders and Christian critics have been discussing the extra-biblical material inserted into Hollywood’s new adaptation of the story.
From the portrayal of the title character as a crazy, bedraggled, even murderous zealot to some potentially New Age symbolism and TRANSFORMERS-like “Rock Monsters,” even Christians with merely a smidgen of Old Testament literacy would be able to detect freewheeling deviance from the Genesis account.
In the midst of the social media debates and online articles arguing whether NOAH is to be commended or condemned, one thing that Christians can’t dispute is recent evidence wh...
By Ben Kayser, Managing Editor
“They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
“This isn’t freedom, this is fear.” ~ Captain America
As CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER storms into theaters, one can’t help but wonder what those in Washington D.C. are thinking of the latest Marvel cinematic installment. With dialogue and themes that feels as if it’s been written by America’s founding fathers, it’s not too often we get to see a movie that so deeply exposes governmental overreach on such a large scale.
Could this movie bring a political shift or change? What kind of impact could this story have?
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A study conducted by the General Social Surveys of NORAC at the University of Chicago found that 34.1 percent of American families making less than $9,000 per year averaged watching more than five hours of television per day. Of families making more than $150,000 per year, only 1.1 percent watched more than five hours a day.
Obviously, someone not working has more time to watch television, but the findings show a gradual decline in television viewing as incomes rise. Thus, working people making $30,000 watch more than twice as much television as those making $75,000.
Percent watching 5+ hours of television
Less than $9,999
$10,000 to $19,999
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By David Outten, Production Editor
Hollywood is quickly discovering God is not dead at the Box Office. While NOAH is generating massive debate among Christians, and a solid box office return, GOD’S NOT DEAD is also a hot topic in Hollywood.
The Los Angeles Times wrote about the success of NOAH and the box office results for the top four movies and then said, “Delivering a bigger surprise - again - was “God’s Not Dead,” which with $8.7 million finished fifth at the box office for the second week in a row.”
Facing the huge competition from NOAH, GOD’S NOT DEAD only had a 4.5 percent drop in change from last weeks box office haul. Opening in more than twice as many theaters, the $35 million dollar Arnold Schwarzenegger m...
By Evy Baehr, associate editor of MOVIEGUIDE®
Movieguide® gave an award to the first Amazing Spider-man by director Marc Webb, and the second looks quite good as well. Though we haven’t seen the entire film, the clips show a theme of standing up for what is right even in danger, even though no man is eternal, not even Spider-man. The first Amazing Spider-man did not show much of Parker’s parents, but this movie actually starts with a scene of the parents dying for what they believe. Webb says that he included the parents to “unfold as that long shadow that was cast over Peter Parker’s life”.
From what is seen, the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 has amped up the action, with the villains even more powerful and more explosives. Elect...
Christian Ministry NEXT Launches Powerful Prison Ministry
NEXT and Bible League International Join to Bring Inmates andTheir Families the Good News of Jesus
(Seattle, WA) NEXT, the publisher of the Japanese art style manga Bible series, is distributing 40,000 manga Bible books to inmates as well as their families throughout the Illinois correctional system with an eye to expand quickly into other states.
"We are so thankful for this opportunity that has opened up to present the gospel to people in difficult circumstances using this unique illustrated translation of the Bible," says NEXT President and Founder Roald Lidal.
NEXT's manga series is a five volume series based on the Bible and illustrated by acclaimed Japanese artists Ryo...
By Kat Butler, Contributing Writer
Aronofsky’s NOAH has all the trademarks of a big-budget Hollywood production, including a tightly-written and executed script and superb performances.
Turn to social media, and you’ll see most of the divisions of opinion about the film gravitate around two irreconcilable poles: (1) Who cares if Aronofsky took some liberties with the Biblical narrative if it makes a great movie; and, (2) how dare Aronofsky take liberties with the Biblical narrative?
The dichotomy misses the point.
The real question we should be asking ourselves is, do the changes highlight, or deviate, from the truth of the narrative upon which it is based?
In fact, is Aronofsky’s NOAH based on the Bible at all? Is it...
By Tom Snyder, Ph.D., Editor
There is much confusion today when it comes to religion, art and morality.
One of the biggest myths of our secular society is the idea that religious beliefs are irrational, that faith and reason are mutually exclusive categories. As a Christian, I totally reject any such notion.
Traditional Christianity isn’t opposed to logic and reason. On the contrary, it’s the only religion that gives solid, rational arguments for believing in logic and reason. In fact, some of the most logical and rational thinkers and philosophers throughout history have been orthodox Christians. Names like St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Harvard law profession Simon Greenleaf spring immediately to mind.
Thus, although C...
By Tom Snyder, Editor, and Diana Tyler, Contributing Writer
The new biblical epic NOAH presents several challenges to Christians who might want to use the movie as an evangelistic tool.
As MOVIEGUIDE® noted in its review of the movie, the filmmakers have added extra-biblical changes, twists, spins, and additions to their version of the story of Noah and the Ark. Most of this extra-biblical material is apparently designed to stretch the Bible’s short description of the Great Flood into an exciting three-act adventure movie with more tension and more jeopardy.
Some of this material is very speculative in that it tries (according to the filmmakers themselves) to give a reason for why Noah gets drunk in Genesis 9:21 of the biblica...
By David Outten, Art Editor
There’ve been times when I’ve been called a prude.
I looked it up. A prude is “a person who is described as being concerned with decorum or propriety, significantly in excess of normal prevailing community standards.” Decorum is “prescribed limits of appropriate social behavior within set situations.” Propriety is “The usages and customs of polite society.”
Wow, am I ever a prude.
I am not a fan of “f” words, public nudity or people slurping soup. I’m not rich, but I miss cloth napkins. I prefer china, or even Corelle, to paper plates.
Am I a snob? Few people who know me would think so. I can be a bit of a slob, but I like civility. I like it when people can have a disagreemen...