The moveable tent-like sanctuary of the Hebrews is the earliest known structure in Judeo culture to establish a sacred place, one that was specifically meant to be a house of God. Whereas the tabernacles of the Christian churches are designed to hold the presence of God in His Sacrament of the Eucharist, Israels tabernacle in the wilderness housed the presence of God in a different way.
Committed Christians should take a step back before going with the flow of summer movies. Even though this pop-culture carnival is designed primarily to entertain, the values propagated by many of its products can be toxic. If youre willing to look beyond the Hollywood hype machine, you can find smaller, lower-budget films that are equally involving but dont depend on celebrity superstars, state-of-the-art special effects or the exploitation of sex and violence to hold your attention.
Hollywoods dabbling in religion again, and this time, they aint ringing The Bells of Saint Marys. In the box office hit The Matrix, theyre preaching that old-time religion . . . and we do mean old. The sets and costumes have changed, but the plot, characters and themes are all the same, borrowed from the first century A.D. Gnosticism, that ancient heresy, has come back to a theater near you!
When Sir James Gunn exhibited his famous painting, The Conversation Piece, depicting G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, and Maurice Baring assembled round a table, Chesterton, with characteristic humor, labeled the three figures, Baring, over-bearing, and past-bearing.
Michael O'Brien shows how art and artists both reflect and inspire the religious sensibilities of their culture, and if the present nihilistic art is not to lead culture into the sewer, a revival in authentic religious art must arrive quickly.
For several decades now, writes Nobel prize for literature winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, world literature, music, painting and sculpture have exhibited a stubborn tendency to grow not higher but to the side, not toward the highest achievements of craftsmanship and of the human spirit but toward their disintegration into a frantic and insidious "novelty."