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Greg Abbott defends women and children after NFL threat over TX bathroom bill

Less than a year ago, the National Basketball Association threatened to move the annual All Star game from the home of the Charlotte Hornets if the state of North Carolina refused to make it legal for grown men to use…

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Pusillanimous Pence defends Trump’s pro-LGBT actions

When Donald Trump selected Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana to be his vice president, even Conservatives not named Laura Ingraham considered the pick to be proof-positive that America would be spared from The Donald’s extensive history as a NY Liberal.…

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LGBT sexual tyranny and the Boy Scouts of America

When LGBT sexual tyranny chalks up another victory in places like the left-coast state of California—where they are about to add a make-believe third gender option for CA driver’s licenses, ID cards, and birth certificates—it’s a business as usual situation…

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Come Join The Republican Jewish Coalition

I was listening today to the the intelligent radio talk show, the Hugh Hewitt show, and was happy to hear Hugh Hewitt interview Matt Brooks, the executive director of an organization I belong to, the “Republican Jewish Coalition”.  I have that int…

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Trump puts brakes on his promises to Israel

In a piece I wrote yesterday, I shared my concerns over the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be the next Secretary of State. Part of my objection with the former ExxonMobil CEO was based on the relationship he has with…

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Liberals + Abortion + LGBT = Sexual Totalitarianism

As 2016 was winding down, and Donald Trump was making headlines with late-night tweets confirming his bromance with Vladimir Putin and hatred for his “enemies” who didn’t vote for him, the Liberal loons in California were busy passing a law…

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Rachel weeping

I’m back, but it was a late night and I’ve nothing prepared, so mostly this will be one more of Jessica’s, but not a happy one. It is also a day after our churches celebrate the Slaughter of the Innocents. Some of those churches, it must be said, with their eyes tight closed to what they […]

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After UN resolution and Kerry speech, is Obama saving Israel’s worst for last?

Obama rejected long-established U.S. policy last week when he allowed the UN Security Council to gang up on Israel. Using a document created by John Kerry and Susan Rice, the council voted 14-0 in favor of a resolution that Obama…

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Hugh Hewitt Interviews Dr. Michael Oren and Amb Ron Dermer

Hugh HewittBecause of the Obama administration’s anti-Israel play at the United Nations, Hugh Hewitt, host of the Hugh Hewitt radio show, interviewed two important voices and patriots from Israel, Dr. Michael Oren , Deputy Minister for Diplomacy, …

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Jerry Falwell Jr. defends Trump: Making deals more important than social issues

Despite what the Trump chorus line would have you believe, The Donald didn’t receive more voter support from Evangelicals than Mitt Romney, John McCain, or George W. Bush. In fact, a recent survey by the Barna Group shows that his…

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Secular Films with Religious Meaning: Film as a Potentially Deep Medium

A film need not be explicitly religious to proffer spiritual meaning. In fact, gritty stories that wrestle with thorny problems that people have faced or may face in everyday life can be more gripping even theologically than stories based on religious idealism, such as The Greatest Story Ever Told and The Ten Commandments.  


Hidden Figures, for example, “has no obvious religious message. Rather, it is a feel-good drama about unsung black heroines in the NASA space race of the 1960s.”[1]Yet this didn’t stop Fox from hiring Wit PR to market the film to churches. Wit PR invited several “opinion-leader” pastors to watch filming, one cleric remarking, “I came away really interested in using film to explore faith.”[2]The “aspirational story about women who have faith in themselves” could be used as fodder in a sermon on the Christian theological virtues of faith and hope—the key being to keep having faith in spite of insufferable obstacles.


Yet just as secular films such as Hidden Figures need not have an explicit religious leitmotif or thesis in order to be conveyers of deep meaning, so too such meaning in such films need not be evoked in a religious context. That is to say, even secular films can bypass the religious organizations altogether to bring principles with religious import to people directly.


The Matrix, for example, prompted much discussion not only about philosophical solipsism, but also Neo as the One. Although non-Christian Plotinus utilized this term to mean God in the second century, the Christological reference would not be lost on many Christians. In the film, Morpheus is convinced that Neo is the One who would go on to save humanity from the clutches of the machines. Morpheus’s faith, even in spite of the apparent impossibility in Neo’s death, never wavers. Christian viewers would hardly need a sermon to drive the point home. For non-Christians, the critical question of whether the assumption that one person should save humanity isn’t artificial was debated far outside of explicit religious circles. 

Film is indeed an incredible medium in being able to render even ubiquitous assumptions transparent and thus able to be critiqued and discussed. That even a secular film can put religious assumptions in a new, and thus transparent, light—whether the implications are critical or affirming for a particular religion or religion itself!—brings cinema into the business of engaging deep meaning. In fact, with such meaning at the subterranean level in a secular film, assumptions can all the more readily come to light. It is a paradox that religious meaning from the pulpit is typically readily apparent and thus the undergirding assumptions are rarely exposed to the open air.


To be sure, assumptional analysis of religious beliefs can be explicit on-screen. In The Da Vinci Code, for example, Robert Langdon and his former colleague debate the theological import of whether Jesus had a child—unknowingly right in front of the last descendant of Jesus Christ. The debate is actually about whether the historical Jesus is the Son of God: the One (not in Plotinus’s sense of the word). Such an on-screen exercise is of great value too—to Christians and even non-Christians. Again, the value lies in rendering religious assumptions transparent so they may be realized and even thought over. Film is indeed a valuable medium in that it can flush out truth (and untruth) hidden in clear view.


[1]Brooks Barnes, “Secular Hollywood Quietly Courts the Faithful,” The New York Times, December 24, 2016.

[2]Ibid.

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All I need to know about Christmas I learned from Ebenezer Scrooge

One of my favorite stories at Christmas time is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. In particular, I like the 1984 version starring George C. Scott. It’s Nineteenth Century London, and Scrooge is a bitter, cranky old…

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Microsoft and NatGeo push LGBT and other leftist propaganda for Christmas

It’s Christmas! A time to celebrate the hope for “peace on earth” and “good will towards men” through the birth of the Son of God–Jesus Christ. That is, unless you’re Microsoft or National Geographic Magazine. For Microsoft, it a time…

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Friday Roundup

Cleaning out some tabs, interesting stuff that we’ve been hoarding.   Well, yeah, he makes some sense to me, at that, From Melanie Phillips: The hand-wringing by western politicians and commentators over the appalling humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo reveals something far worse even than the nauseating virtue-signalling of pointlessly blaming themselves for having decided not […]

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10 Days Until Christmas And Hanukkah

I just posted the following on my Facebook page:   This year is one of the few years in which Hanukkah and Christmas are celebrated at the same time, with Hanukkah’s first night on Christmas Eve and lasting until New Year’s Day. As we are onl…

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Gay Mafia suing LDS Church for exercising constitutional rights

As the election season was heating up back in August, I wrote a series of articles calling on the spiritual leaders of America to exercise a little civil disobedience by rejecting the restrictions imposed on their constitutional rights under the…

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Buzzfeed attack on HGTV stars, the 2017 NDAA, and Religious Liberty Protection laws

Last month, I wrote a piece asking a very simple question–“Will the lame-duck Congress protect religious liberty for the military?“–after Democrats and RINO Republicans objected to and amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) known as the Russell…

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Ontario passes pro-LGBT bill destroying traditional families

Are you familiar with #5 of the Ten Commandments? That’s the one where God commands us to honor our father and mother. Well, if you live in the Canadian province of Ontario, you may not need to worry about breaking…

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A Thanksgiving reminder from Abraham Lincoln

In the days following a contentious election by a nation divided, it’s rather fitting that we are now commemorating a national day of thanks. It was a nation much more divided than we are today that prompted Abraham Lincoln to…

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Minnesota officials kidnap boy, begin his gender transition without parental consent

After the Supreme Court ruling last year in Obergefell v. Hodges that unconstitutionally legalized same-sex marriage, the LGBT movement went right to work advancing the next phase of their radical agenda by focusing on the “T” portion of LGBT–the so-called…

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