Bible Secrets Revealed?: A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 4)
The newest episode is entitled, “The Real Jesus,” and addresses the question of what we can know about the historical Jesus.
Not surprisingly, this episode ends by casting doubt on the resurrection itself. However, I was disappointed by the trite (even flippant) alternative explanations given for the empty tomb. They are just not sufficient to explain the early Christian belief in the resurrection. For example, James Tabor argues that the tomb was empty on Sunday morning... Continue Reading
Bible Secrets Revealed?: A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 3)
The newest episode, “The Forbidden Scriptures,” is designed to argue that certain books were “banned” or “forbidden” from the New Testament.
In the end, we are again left with a very disappointing episode. Yes, it was entertaining. It was certainly provocative. Unfortunately, it is simply not not historically accurate. For a History Channel production, that proves to be sadly ironic. This is the third installment of a new series reviewing the History Channel series entitled Bible... Continue Reading
Is the Movie Version of Noah Biblically Accurate?
Don't be taken in by the Noah movie trailer
There were many other bizarre, unbiblical aspects in the preview cut. Though it’s possible that some of these elements may not make the final cut (though we suspect most will), compare the above list to the trailer that has just been released! The comparison should be very revealing for you. You wouldn’t get much of a hint of... Continue Reading
Bible Secrets Revealed: A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 2)
Three misrepresentations in the latest episode of the new series on the Bible
These three misrepresentations combine to serve a larger narrative, namely that Jews/Christians have no real claim on the Holy Land because the Exodus is a myth, and, more than that, the violence in the modern day Holy Land is due to the violent and aggressive teachings of the Bible. And glaringly absent in all of... Continue Reading
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, A Review
Remember who the real enemy is.
So that’s what’s most disturbing about all this Hunger Games merchandise, the sandwiches and the cosmetics and the theme park (not to mention the lavish premiere party). They’re mere symbols of a story that criticizes those who would look to symbols and surfaces to cover over what’s really going on beneath. It’s as if the... Continue Reading
Bible Secrets Revealed?
A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 1)
This sensationalistic impulse naturally leads a documentary to want to prove that the traditional view is mistaken (after all, the traditional view is rather boring and unexciting). Thus, we are not surprised when we quickly realize that this documentary will not even be trying to present a balanced perspective. It is decidedly geared to disprove the Bible.... Continue Reading
Hollywood Looks to the Bible for Screenplay Potential
Independent films have dealt with the Bible in the past, but it’s significant that major Hollywood studios are taking this up
Taking a cue from Gibson’s success with “The Passion,” film marketing campaigns now go after pastors’ endorsements through special advance screenings to secure endorsements from big-name religious leaders. As more people are sitting in front of the TV on a Sunday morning rather than in church, “filmmakers are the new high priests of our culture,”... Continue Reading
Movie Review: The Investigator
The Investigator covers brand new ground--the field of Christian apologetics.
Those familiar with Lee Strobel’s outstanding book The Case for Christ will find themselves following along nimbly with the evidence presented in this film. This time, however, the evidence for the historicity of Christianity is presented winsomely inside the story’s main plot-line, and in an especially personal way. Recently I had the opportunity to attend the... Continue Reading
What ‘The Butler’ Gets Wrong About Ronald Reagan and Race
Historians of the 40th president are troubled by the movie’s portrayal of Reagan’s attitudes toward race.
Films like “The Butler” can be good opportunities for a healthy consideration of our troubled racial history, but not if they persist with inaccurate portrayals. Rather than advancing a flawed portrait of Reagan on race, perhaps “The Butler” can start the process of getting Reagan right on race. One cold evening in Dixon, Ill.,... Continue Reading
Biopic of Apple founder veers into corporate hagiography
But while Jobs presents a fascinating story of how Jobs overcomes corporate backbiting and channels his own tendency toward obsession to build arguably the most innovative company of the last decade, it veers into corporate hagiography, suggesting that Jobs’ ruthlessness is somehow an asset. As if he couldn’t have accomplished what he did without burning loyal friends... Continue Reading