I’d much rather people watch the Nashville episode of the Foo Fighters’ HBO series Sonic Highways to get a feel for this city than the ABC soap by the same name. The power behind Nashville is the creative community that thrives here, not the stars that hover over it or the sleaze that often flows out of it.
Every few months, a story pops up about a new frontier in reproductive medical technologies: so-called “three-parent IVF.” NPR recently reported on efforts in Britain to allow embryos created via this technique to be transferred into women’s uteruses, while a New York Times Magazine cover article last summer focused on… [more]
In her New York Times review of Lila, Diane Johnson commends the book’s author, Marilynne Robinson, for writing about faith. It’s an act she describes as downright “courageous” given the violent and negative associations with religion today. While Robinson has never been one to shrink from writing about matters of… [more]
The band (aid) is back together, and I’m not so sure how I feel about it. Band Aid 30 is an attempt to recreate a rock-and-roll charity sensation of some three decades earlier, when the likes of Bono, Sting, David Bowie and other superstars gathered to record “Do They Know… [more]
My name is Chad Comello and I am a failed novelist. I’m in the midst of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which issues a lofty goal for aspiring literary types: write 50,000 words in the span of 30 days, no matter what. Budding scribes of every stripe participate in this… [more]
Apple and Facebook recently made headlines with their decision to cover the medical costs for female employees who want to freeze their eggs. Many fertility clinics now advertise this as a procedure one might choose in order to “pursue educational, career or other personal goals.” These headlines were a fresh… [more]
It’s been a weird couple of weeks on the digital frontier. People of faith and fans of the not-so-mainstream should particularly pay attention. President Barack Obama officially spoke in favor of net neutrality on Monday, advising the FCC to issue rules that would prevent massive corporations from dominating the new… [more]
Interstellar left me wanting in many respects, but the movie does come through in one big way. Very big. The use of large-screen Imax imagery not only nearly saves the picture, it also reveals some of the theological implications at the heart of this particular piece of movie technology. Co-written… [more]
When the suicide-prevention organization Samaritans launched a Twitter app Oct. 29, they called it “an online safety net.” The Samaritans Radar app scans tweets from accounts a user is following, looking for phrases that may indicate a person is at risk for suicide. Once the risk is identified, the app… [more]
This is part of a joint series with Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality, in which we’re considering each installment of The Decalogue. Krzysztof Kieslowski's landmark collection of short films was first released on Polish television in 1989 and is based on each of the Ten Commandments. Links to our other… [more]
Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything. While this delicious flavor has become a marker of autumn, it is also an attribute of what's come to be known as “basic” culture. Someone considered basic is known for her (yes, it’s usually a her) zealous love of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes… [more]
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DDiana: This is not something I personally would do, but when you bring the Bible into the 21st century, it might be a way for a group of "anonymous" Christians to witness to those who would not otherwise listen.
Tim Cawkwell: (Kieslowski's)concern ... was with ethics: what is the right or wrong thing to do in a particular set of circumstances.
JKana: Others depend on us; we're made to be in relationship, both with God and with one another, which means we don't have the final say in certain complex choices like this one.
Morgan: Change is by far one of the harder things in life to adapt to. I think the song puts it eloquently and I like the reminder that the changes we undergo are usually to make us closer to God.
Tamara Hill Murphy: I think there's a line between "a tradition of specialized analysis" and "specialized self-consciousness."
Jonathan Downie 1: Taking the time to do home cooking ... is almost an act of rebellion. It says that family is far more important than all the stuff we are supposed to be chasing.