Est. May 2008

18 December, 2014

The Petulant Child-God

Reviews of the latest ‘biblical’ movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings, are out, and by and large they are, shall we say, unflattering to the film.  Much like the movie Noah, this film, the director, and the actors are being taken to task for misrepresenting the biblical story they are professing to use as their base.  It almost seems as though, since The Passion of the Christ, ‘biblical’ movies ought to carry a warning label: ‘This film barely based on the Bible’.

There seem to be plenty of problems with this movie: skin-tone of the actors; accents of the actors; Moses’ actions and motivation; and so on.  But the one problem that pops up in every review I’ve read has been the casting of an 11-year-old boy to play the part of God.  This young actor’s part has been described with various adjectives, all seeming to boil down to describing God as a petulant, angry, selfish kid who, when things don’t go His way, pitches a fit – and people die.

Why doesn’t this kind of depiction surprise me?

11 December, 2014

Actually, It IS In The Bible

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty announced on Tuesday the launch of a new coalition uniting human rights organizations, religious groups, and pro-liberty advocacy groups to pressure state governments to put an end to capital punishment.
The religious groups include ‘the Christian social justice organization Sojourners, Catholic Mobilizing Network and the General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church’.  And Jim Wallis, head of Sojourners, ‘believes that many conservative Christians are starting to signify their opposition to death penalty because capital punishment conflicts with the Biblical teachings. (emphasis mine).

However, capital punishment doesn’t conflict with biblical teaching; it’s found beginning way back in Genesis 9, it’s found throughout Mosaic Law, it’s defined in the book of Numbers, and Paul speaks of it in Romans.

10 December, 2014

Pontifex contempticus

Last Thursday, at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, Mr. Obama  said of the Christmas Story (no, not the movie):
“It is a story dear to my family as Christians, but its meaning is one embraced by all peoples across our country and around the world, regardless of how they pray, or whether they pray at all[.]”
Obviously, this ‘meaning’ isn’t the original one: the Incarnation of God on human form in a stable in Bethlehem of Judea around 2000 years ago; I say ‘obviously’ because it’s obvious the only people who share that meaning are called ‘Christians’ – Jews, Muslims, believers in other religions, atheists and anti-theists do not.

02 December, 2014

The Way Of The World

The Christian world these days is filled with people who profess the faith, yet sincerely believe they have no obligation to change their behavior; that God must accept them the way they are.  They will brook no argument to the contrary.

Take, for example, Jennifer Knapp, the ex-Christian singer who came out as a lesbian.  In an interview for the Bad Christian Podcast, she spoke about a ‘conversation’ about Christianity and homosexuality; you don’t have to read far to realize that Ms Knapp’s idea of a conversation is ‘No matter what you or God says, I’m not changing my lifestyle’.

30 November, 2014

McWine And A McWafer

Let’s cut straight to the chase, shall we?
McMass Project, which is the brainchild of Paul DiLucca – a creative director at the church branding agency Lux Dei Design – is raising funds to put a McDonald’s franchise inside a place of worship.
Sorry, this isn’t a ‘brainchild’; church growth and marketing firms have been doing garbage like this for decades.