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The Book of Eli: Another Christian Blockbuster?
Movies, Music, etc
Written by laika   
Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:47

At moviefone:
The intriguing multi-million-dollar question is: Will true believers rally around a violent, hard-R movie like 'The Book of Eli' -- even if it heavily promotes Christian themes? It's complicated, because this is not a movie made specifically by Christian filmmakers ('Fireproof' or 'Bella') or about a football-loving conservative family ('The Blind Side') or a religious abolitionist responsible for one of the most enduring hymns of all time ('Amazing Grace') -- to mention just a few movies that have received considerable support from churchgoing audiences.
 
Syncretism in the era of the drug baron
News, Culture, Society
Written by laika   
Monday, 11 January 2010 22:35

At The Economist:
Mexico has a rich syncretic tradition. Its patron, the Virgin of Guadalupe, is venerated by many Mexican Indians as an Aztec goddess. Santa Muerte is even more accommodating: she accepts offerings of beer and tequila, and is thought by believers to protect criminals and the law-abiding alike and to be amenable to all petitions. “Death to my enemies” is inscribed on the candleholders in Mr Romo’s church. She is very popular in jails. She is sometimes portrayed smoking a joint.
 
Apocalyptic Beliefs of American Evangelicals
Movies, Music, etc
Written by laika   
Friday, 08 January 2010 20:51

At The New York Times:
Who knew that one of this year’s first horror movies would arrive not from Japan or the mind of Eli Roth but from three inquisitive nonfiction filmmakers? Turning their camera on the apocalyptic beliefs of American evangelicals (estimated in the film at more than 50 million), Kate Davis, Franco Sacchi and David Heilbroner illuminate a worldview marked by absolute certainty and chilling finality.
 
Hollywood's Christian Blockbuster
Movies, Music, etc
Written by laika   
Thursday, 07 January 2010 18:16

At The Daily Beast:
The Blind Side has tackled Hollywood, passing the $200 million mark this week. Nicole LaPorte examines the underground, faith-based force that’s fueling the film’s success.
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Brit Hume: Tiger Woods Should Convert
Missions & Evangelism
Written by laika   
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 23:57

At Seatlle PI:

Brit Hume has made a personal plea to Tiger Woods: Convert to Christianity.

The Fox News commentator made the unusual statement on the network's Sunday news program during a discussion of the beleaguered pro golfer. He later defended his remarks in a Monday appearance on The O'Reilly Factor.

"He's said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith," Hume said on the Sunday show. "So my message to Tiger would be, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.'"

 
Malaysia Says It will Appeal 'Allah' Ruling
Interfaith
Written by laika   
Monday, 04 January 2010 19:20

At The Wall Street Journal:

Malaysia is bracing for a potentially bruising linguistic battle after its government vowed to challenge a court ruling allowing local Roman Catholics to refer to God as Allah.

The legal tussle is raising tensions between Malaysia's ethnic-Malay Muslim majority, who represent about 60% of this resource-rich nation's population, and its large ethnic-Chinese and Indian minorities. Muslim groups are preparing demonstrations against a High Court ruling on New Year's Eve to overturn a three-year-old government ban on the Catholic Church using the Arabic word Allah as a translation for God in its Malay-language newspaper.

 
Rick Warren asks for $900,000, gets $2.4 million
Money & Finances
Written by laika   
Sunday, 03 January 2010 13:02

At The LA Times:

A year-end plea for $900,000 yielded $2.4 million for the Lake Forest mega-church led by Rick Warren, the evangelical pastor who gave the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration.

Warren had sent out the appeal via an online communication to Saddleback Church members Dec. 30. The money was needed, he said, to offset a deficit resulting from hard economic times. Giving among church members had declined at a time of greater need for church’s aid.

Now, the church will enter the year with an unanticipated surplus, officials said.

 
Early Volley in War on Easter
All Things Crack
Written by laika   
Friday, 01 January 2010 19:24

At UPI:

The appearance of chocolate eggs on British supermarket shelves so soon after Christmas and three-plus months before Easter is wrong, critics say.

While a TESCO grocery chain spokesman said the sale of chocolate eggs simply reflects customer demand, some consumers and religious leaders are arguing against the sales so far ahead of the Christian holiday, which falls on April 4 this year, The Sun reported Friday.

 
Church's influence on politics shifting
Politics
Written by holmegm   
Tuesday, 29 December 2009 12:03

From The Washington Post:

The clout of the local faith community, particularly the black church, in D.C. politics has been declining for decades. But with the council heading for a vote next week on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, the near-certain passage of the legislation has come to symbolize both political and spiritual changes in the District.

 
The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Documentary Hypothesis
Archeology & Anthropology
Written by Entity   
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 12:50

Todd M. Aglialoro at Inside Catholic writes:

The question of the origins of the popular Christmas (or "Christmas") carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," has long divided carolers and carol critics alike. The mainline (though waning) opinion is that it is merely a colorful but nonsensical ditty flung together by some anonymous Victorian nursery-rhymer. A minority of addled fundamentalists imagine its verses to represent certain Christian dogmas, at one time employed either as a mnemonic device or as a code for use in unfriendly lands.

But modern source-critical methods of Christmas carol exegesis have greatly advanced our understanding of the true roots of the song (or "song"), allowing us to see, with academic certainty, just how it came about.
 
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