The Barna Group reported recently that the decline in the number of mainline Protestant churches and members of mainline churches may be due, in large measure, to a lack of faith.
Only 49% of mainline adults describe themselves as "absolutely committed to Christianity." And, 72% say they are more likely to develop their own religious beliefs than to adopt those taught by their denomination or church.
Encourage everyone you meet to establish a committed, personal, biblical relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. A diligent study of the Holy Bible is a vital part of an accurate, profound theology as well as a rewarding life celebrating the true, the good, and the beautiful.
- Sources: The Barna Group, 12/07/09.
A study by the Nielsen Company of magazine readership indicates that Americans in urban, liberal areas may be more greedy, lustful, prideful, and gluttonous than their more rural, conservative counterparts.
Thus, urban, liberal Americans tend to read more personal finance magazines, food magazines, porn magazines, and fashion/lifestyle magazines.
- Sources: The Nielsen Company, November 2009.
A federal study recently reported that half of America's children age 17 and younger have been assaulted in the past year, with more than 10% actually having been injured during the attack.
The study also found that more than 60% of America's children had either direct or indirect exposure to actual violence.
Publishing the report, which received support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was the U.S. Dept. of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
This case study clearly shows the actual dangers of the continued depiction of graphic violence in the mass media of entertainment. Thousands of scientific studies have confirmed the causal link between media depictions of violence and real acts...
Movies Will Vie for Best Family Movie at Faith & Values Awards Gala
Movieguide®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment announced its picks for the Best 2009 Movies for Families, to be presented at its 18th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry Feb. 23 in Beverly Hills.
The 10 family movies will vie for the "Crystal Teddy Bear Award" for Best Family Movie of 2009.
"Families from around the world are the primary motivating audience that the movie industry should have its sights set on each year," said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide®.
"A number of tremendous filmmakers from 2009 clearly understood the importance of reaching the family audience by creating inspiring ...
By J. Matt Barber
"If you don't like it just turn off the TV!" goes the liberal mantra as all form of sexual perversion, obscenity and violence slinks unannounced into our living rooms. But when the message is perceived to undercut some carefully crafted left-wing narrative? Well, then not so much.
Fire-breathing feminists, liberal-media automatons and other "progressive" pro-aborts are anything if not predictable. They've once again concocted controversy where - to the emotionally stable among us - there is none.
The latest target of their cultish ire is Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and all-around-great-guy, Tim Tebow. A crusty glut of anti-birth femi-ninnies (so cute when they're mad), representing an ever-dwindling n...
By David Outten
I've received some challenging replies to articles I've written in regard to the message of AVATAR. Several indicate that I need to "get a life" that AVATAR is "just a movie." Others take a more thoughtful approach. David Boaz, in a Los Angeles Times op-ed sought to encourage conservative critics of AVATAR to see the movie as a conservative call for property rights.
Boaz makes the comment, "At least for human beings, private property rights are a much better way to secure property and prosperity. Nevertheless, it’s pretty clear that the land belongs to the Na’vi, not the Sky People."
Let's not get confused. Cameron created Pandora with a communal sense of property. With a few exceptions he created the human invaders ...
By Jeff Holder, Managing Editor
The movie TO SAVE A LIFE is the story is of a teenager who commits suicide, which sends his friends into turmoil.
In only one week of release, the movie is the top viewer-rated picture on Fandango and advance tickets are selling out. MOVIEGUIDE® Publisher Dr. Ted Baehr gives it a rave review on movieguide.org. But, more than the success in the theater, is the impact that the movie is having on teenagers who see the movie.
"Teens see this film, then they walk out and throw their razor blades away and say, ‘I'm never gonna cut again,'" the movie's writer, Jim Britts said to WordNetDaily, referring to the practice among teenagers of "cutting," slashing themselves with razor in order to externalize internal...
By David Outten, Production Editor, with Ted Baehr, publisher
The box office smash AVATAR won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. In response, Director James Cameron said, "AVATAR asks us to see that everything is connected, all human beings to each other, and us to the Earth. And if you have to go four and a half light years to another, made-up planet to appreciate this miracle of the world that we have right here, well, you know what, that's the wonder of cinema right there, that's the magic."
This is a clear statement of religious belief. Cameron's "magic" is pure propaganda. He's made an emotional movie to try to convince audiences that all human beings are connected to each other and to the earth. This is Pantheism. It is n...
By Dr. Ted Baehr and Dr. Tom Snyder
There is a common misconception in our popular culture that sex sells. Throw in a little violence and obscenity and you have a popular and award-winning film. But nearly eighty years of experience and research prove that this is not true.
For about 33 years, when Hollywood was run according to the Motion Picture Code of Decency, enforced by the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Film Office, the movie industry saw an unprecedented economic boom. That fiscal prosperity only began to wane when Christian churches pulled away from Hollywood in the 1960s and movies reached increasingly new levels of immorality featuring more and more graphic sex, violence, and obscene language.
Toward the end of th...
Here's the 2010 Golden Globe winners along with MOVIEGUIDE® ratings and summaries. How does it compare with your list? Click each page to check it out.
Best Picture, Drama
AVATAR is a visually stunning, but slow, shallow and abhorrent, science fiction adventure pitting evil human capitalists against heroic, spiritually sensitive aliens on the planet Pandora, who worship a false deity and nature. Too graphically intense for children, AVATAR has an abhorrent New Age, pagan, anti-capitalist worldview that promotes goddess worship and the destruction of the human race.
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
THE HANGOVER *** -4
THE HANGOVER is the story of four male friends who go to...