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Pigeons as film critics

mediated through the lens of fundamentalism. Is that too strong?
If only we knew in advance what concepts were going to be presented in a movie that we might actually have to explain to our children. Otherwise we might actually have to make sure our kids understood that people have sex, that people die, that people can lie and steal and that pagans worshop satan and after the rapture they’re all going to dammed for all eternity in the firey lake. And Jesus loves you.
It’s becoming harder and
harder to identify a movie
that can be enjoyed by
the entire family.
Because most family
movies are shit.
Monsters Vs. Aliens
Content Description:
Sex: A female character kisses another character on the head.
Language: Su*k-1; Bo*bies-1; Holy Cheeze Its-1; G/OMG-2
Violence: There are several exciting chase scenes and parents should realize that their really young children might possibly be alarmed; a character jumps through a window; A character is shot with a needle; a woman strikes a large cockroach; a large robot attacks and is taken down; characters are chased; accidents on road; some explosions and threats.
Drugs: Medication used in a needle; a robot says, “I’m so buzzing”.
Nudity: An animated man is briefly seen on a toilet but it is not graphic.
Other: There is a scene of a church wedding; a character is supposed to be a missing link.

Who do Christians turn to when they need someone to tell them how to think what to watch? Why the Dove Foundation!

Is it a bird? Is it a cake mix? It's a bird.

Is it a bird? Is it a cake mix? It's a bird.

Because what I want to know before going to see a film is “What would I want to think Jesus would want to tell us to tell our children?”

If only we knew in advance what concepts were going to be presented in a movie that we might actually have to explain to our children. Otherwise we might actually have to make sure our kids understood that people have sex, that people die, that people can lie and steal and that pagans worshop satan and after the rapture they’re all going to be dammed for all eternity in the firey lake. And Jesus loves you.

Now there’s no need to worry. Or think for yourself.

It’s becoming harder and harder to identify a movie that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Because most deliberately ‘family’ movies are shit.

Monsters Vs. Aliens

Content Description:

Sex: A female character kisses another character on the head.

Language: Su*k-1; Bo*bies-1; Holy Cheeze Its-1; G/OMG-2

Violence: There are several exciting chase scenes and parents should realize that their really young children might possibly be alarmed; a character jumps through a window; A character is shot with a needle; a woman strikes a large cockroach; a large robot attacks and is taken down; characters are chased; accidents on road; some explosions and threats.

Drugs: Medication used in a needle; a robot says, “I’m so buzzing”.

Nudity: An animated man is briefly seen on a toilet but it is not graphic.

Other: There is a scene of a church wedding; a character is supposed to be a missing link.

The satanic evolutionary link between man and fish

The satanic evolutionary link between man and fish

Nationalism and Religion in a Global Age

In case you missed it at RMIT Storey Hall in March, you can now listen to the very interesting 2009 Tom Nairn lecture by Professor Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California.

Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State 
If you don’t have a spare hour and eighteen minutes, here is the text version of the lecture (PDF 193 KB)
From his site…
Professor Mark Juergensmeyer is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books, including the recently-released Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State (University of California Press 2008). His widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (University of California Press, revised edition 2003), is based on interviews with religious activists around the world–including individuals convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, leaders of Hamas, and abortion clinic bombers in the United States–and was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year.

And so on and so forth

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