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Worlds of Meaning

Stories help us make sense out of our lives. They can show us that our struggles and sufferings have meaning and help us make sense of morality. What kind of stories are we recommending then? Any and all kinds as long as they are animated by a sense of moral order.

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House of God Foundations

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.

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Summer Sleepers

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.

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The New Gnostic Gospel

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!

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Maurice Baring: Faith and Culture

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.

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Seldom Seen on The Silver Screen

Even secular scholars agree that the birth of Jesus Christ is one of the defining moments of history. Yet cinematic recreations of the incident are strikingly few and far between.

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Historical Imagination and the Renewal of Culture

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.

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The Relentless Cult of Novelty

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."

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