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Should Christians watch sexually explicit movies?

With the July 8 DVD release of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac – a two-part art film in which a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) recounts her excessive sexual exploits to a philosophical older man (Stellan Skarsgard) – I thought I’d revisit a May piece I wrote for Reel Spirituality on Nymphomaniac and…  [more]

It’s a (tbd)!

“There’s no more nature.” So one character tells another in Samuel Beckett’s absurdist 1957 play Endgame. Theatre of the Absurd, including Endgame, portrays the human condition absent any purpose, rationality or meaning - a picture, essentially, of life after the death of God. The term “endgame” refers to the final…  [more]

Why antigay laws are poor Christian health policy

This is a transcript of a radio address broadcast for the Center for Public Justice on KDCR radio in Sioux Center, Iowa. At least since the Reformation, Christian thinkers have devoted a lot of attention to the idea of vocation. Martin Luther was among the first to apply this concept…  [more]

Why Barbie was destined for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

Having Barbie appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is an undeniable stunt, a surefire way for a print publication to get some viral attention. (Remember that Rolling Stone Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover?) Yet in retrospect, the convergence of Barbie and SI’s annual exercise in shamelessness was inevitable. When it comes…  [more]

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