Should advanced technology lead to moral improvement? Falling Skies Season Two Premiere

I stopped watching Falling Skies before I made it to the end of Season One, but I thought I'd give it another shot and watch the Season Two premiere. There are issues I'm interested in. Take this conversation between the protagonist and the leader of the aliens: ALIEN: This was never a negotiation. That's why we'll never stop fighting you. ALIEN: We have no patience for empty bravado. So those are our alternatives: live as prisoners or die? ALIEN: Why would ...

Snow White and the… White Stag? Christian Symbolism in the 2012 Snow White movie

The original Snow White myth is already full of esoteric, hermetic symbolism; written to preserve alchemical wisdom during times of persecution. So they could have left the story alone when making the 2012 movie Snow White and the Huntsman. Instead, somebody in Hollywood decided to stuff  so full of overt, deliberate and obvious Christian symbolism that I feel like I've just suffered through a two hour sermon with flashy special effects. I knew something was off in ...

Fee-fi-fo-fum! Jack the Giant Killer 2012 Review and Religious Symbolism

Jack the Giant Killer, a re-telling of European myth and folklore, starring Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor, is coming out summer 2012! Although you probably know the story by heart, I'll bet you didn't know it's biblical roots. Read on to learn where the story really comes from! History of Jack and the Beanstalk: The earliest printed edition which has survived is the 1807 book The History of Jack and the Bean Stalk, printed by ...

Religious Symbolism in The Grey (2011): An Overtly Atheist Movie?

The Grey (2011, starring Liam Neeson) is, on the surface, a man versus nature survivalist story about a group of man facing the elements and a pack of vicious wolves in the aftermath of a plane crash. However, this background is really just a platform to explore the movie's true theme: dignity in the face of death, and whether or not religion is helpful to ease the transition. On the one hand, given that the protagonist and ...

The Devil Inside (2012): the Truth about demonic possession, exorcism and Satanism

Any good Christian has to believe in demonic possession. After all, Jesus was always casting out demons. If the Bible and Christianity is true, then Jesus couldn't have mistakenly viewed mental illness using the common superstition of possession. He would have known better. So they're real. That basis has been the support for dozens of demonic possession/exorcism movies, which mostly make good entertainment because, demonically possessed people look really freaking scary. They are great horror flicks. But ...

Did Jesus Exist by Bart Ehrman

In the book trailer for the new book "Did Jesus Exist", Bart Ehrman says "as a historian, I can assure you, that no matter what anybody else says about him, Jesus most certainly existed. There is as much evidence for Jesus, Ehrman continues, as the evidence for dozens of other historical figures. So lack of evidence should not lead us to doubt the historical Jesus. This much is true - but lack of evidence isn't the ...

What do Jesus and the Easter Bunny Have in Common?

I made this poster for Easter - please share it if you like it! Thousands of years ago, people used to believe that in winter the sun “died”, and then came back in the Spring. They created stories about his death and then celebrated his return to life. In Egypt, the legends told how the evil Set cut Osiris up into many pieces, and Isis had to wander high and low, searching for the pieces of Osiris’ ...

Iraq militia stone youths to death for Satanistic “emo” style

Wearing skulls and dressing in black will get you killed - at least in Iraq, where dozens of teenagers have been stoned recently for wearing black and channeling Emo. "Emo" is a Western subculture that follows the revival of gothic and horror trends in society and literature, and also parallels closely the attraction to vampirism, witchcraft and magic. Skulls and crossbones have become super cool symbols in international pop culture; even hello kitty is on board. As ...

Is John Carter Jesus Christ? Gods, Alien Technology, Atheism and Revolution

An online review posted about Disney's 2012 John Carter of Earth movie runs thus: "John Carter evokes pretty much every sci-fi classic from the past 50 years without having any real personality of its own." The essential thing to keep in mind, however, is that Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars was first published almost a century ago in 1917! Science fiction and fantasy novels and stories since then are deeply indebted to John Carter. Others ...

Buying and Selling Luck: Taiwan’s Fudegong Temple and the Lucky Money Machine

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This morning, between about 10am and 12am outside my 5th floor apartment, was a never ending parade of drum, bad karoake and high pitched squeaking clarinets played by people with no training - all blasted from portable megaphones charged with a portable battery. It made me wonder where that old phrase, "everyone loves a parade" comes from. While the noise pollution, pierced sporadically by firecrackers, may seem quaint and exotic, after 8 years living in ...

Supreme Court Exempts Church from Disabilities Act while Greece Classifies Pedophilia as Disability

If you found out that your employee was a child-molester, would you fire them? According to a new Supreme Court ruling, you may not be able to. Here's the story: a woman is working for a church, but she develops narcolepsy (she can't help falling asleep). The church fires her and gets a new employee - but she threatens to sue because she should be protected under the Disabilities Act. But the Supreme Court refused her right ...