Art & Culture

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The Briefing 12-19-13

Panel of journalist elites admit media has a liberal bias; Why is a leading scholarly association boycotting Israel? — Antisemitism; Christmas: “The national holiday that…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 12-09-13

Speed of the moral revolution: Judge orders Colorado baker to make cake for same-sex couple; The vulgarization of American culture not a pendulum – it’s…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 12-02-13

As much as the President needs to deal with domestic issues, the world presses itself upon us; Can rap and the Gospel go together? Never…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 11-22-13

50 years after JFK assassination, American memory remains vivid, tragic, and intense; A man of conviction and ideas – Has C.S. Lewis had greater and…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 11-08-13

Pray for Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan one of most dangerous and powerful in human history; Blockbuster and Twitter reflect transience of technology – and of culture;…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 10-31-13

Christians must consider moral, ethical, and religious implications of Halloween; Public schools refuse to celebrate Halloween. It’s too religious; Battling Halloween candy by handing out…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 10-16-13

Why is America a magnet for Nobel Laureates?; Among heavy gamblers, losers outnumber winners by 128 to 1; In New York, highly biased ballot language…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 10-14-13

Has the Nobel Peace Prize’s prestige been tarnished by politicization?; When you read Alice Monro, you don’t just read the story of people, but civilization;…Read this essay →

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A Culture increasingly Hostile to Men? A Conversation with Psychologist Helen Smith

Dr. Helen Smith is a forensic psychologist and distinguished writer who has written for a variety of publications, including The L.A. Times and Christian Science…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 09-04-13

Copeland “health and wealth” ministry refusal to vaccinate connected to measles outbreak; Parents should not be scandalized when entertainment industry attempts to be a parent…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 08-28-13

On 50th anniversary of “I Have a Dream” we remember every human is made in image of God; In Syria there are no good options…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 08-15-13

Egyptian government cracks down on protests; U.S. Attempting to broker Israeli/Palestinian talks; 50 Shades author makes $95 million providing pornography to new population segment; Same-Sex…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 08-07-13

Washington DC legalizes gender change on birth certificate without surgery; Print media in US in trouble as several major publications sold; “Civil Religion” sociologist Robert…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 06-04-13

1) DNA ruling demonstrates limitations of traditional liberal/conservative divide Justices Allow Police to Take DNA Samples After Arrests, New York Times (Adam Liptak) 2) Americans...Read this essay →

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Boy Scouts at the Brink — The Moment of Decision Arrives

Meeting Thursday in Grapevine, Texas, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America will decide whether it will retain or revise its historic membership...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-17-13

1. Rapid pace of secularization and rise of Islam in Great Britain Christianity declining 50pc faster than thought – as one in 10 under-25s is...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-07-13

1. The new reality of terror: homemade and homegrown A Homemade Style of Terror: Jihadists Push New Tactics, New York Times (Scott Shane) 2. There...Read this essay →

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Gore Vidal and the Sky God

The death of author and controversialist Gore Vidal last week brought an end to one of America's most gifted and flamboyantly offensive literary voices. Eugene...Read this essay →

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Transgressing the Transgressive–Why Modern Art No Longer Shocks

The great code word for art meant to scandalize is "transgressive." The term was well-established by the end of the 1960s, when artists sought to...Read this essay →

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Real Enough? — Relics, Gopher Wood, and the Sufficiency of Scripture

Our confidence that the account of the flood and Noah’s ark happened in space, time, and history is grounded in the Bible, not in remnants…Read this essay →

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Just How Optimistic Should We Be?

A recent poll released by USA Today reveals that American parents are unfailingly optimistic about their children's future.  Parents hold optimistic hope for their children...Read this essay →

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Avatar and the Popular Culture

The recent success of the movie Avatar demonstrates an ongoing fascination in the popular culture with spirituality and redemption.   Yet, the popular culture’s thinking on...Read this essay →

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Panel Discussion: Eden, Avatar, and the Kingdom of Christ: Just What Are We To Do with Popular Culture?

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Avatar: Rambo in Reverse

James Cameron’s new film, Avatar, is a stunning piece of visual art containing more than just dazzling special effects.  Pantheism undergirds the script and guides...Read this essay →

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Talking About Santa Claus: What To Teach the Kids?

Santa Claus has taken over the Christmas season. From a historical man giving gifts to needy children, to a jolly old man in a red...Read this essay →

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Blasphemy Day in America

Secularists are celebrating a new holiday tomorrow: International Blasphemy Day.  Man’s audacity of celebrating a day that is designed to mock and dishonor the Lord...Read this essay →

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The Heavens (and the Hubble) Are Telling the Glory of God

The images now flowing from the Hubble Space Telescope are simply stunning. Vast nebulae appear as delicate butterflies and the vast reaches of the universe...Read this essay →

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Hip-Hop in the Name of Christ

Hip-hop and rap music have incredible sway and influence in culture today. How can Christians use this powerful art-form to bring glory to God and...Read this essay →

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Violence in Vanity Fair: The Versace Murder

"I'd like to live forever." Thus reflected fashion designer extraordinaire Gianni Versace to a recent biographer. "If there's one thing I'm afraid of," he continued,...Read this essay →

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Carnal Knowledge: Art in an Age Without Moral Limits

"My theme is young girls," stated photographer David Hamilton, and his theme has landed him right on the front lines of America's culture war. Many...Read this essay →

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