Let’s use the opportunity of #GivingTuesday to remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive – be it today or at any other time of the year.
“Goodbye Christopher Robin” tells of the unavoidable distance between parents and their children, and the nostalgia for a lost home.
For Paul Schrader’s characters, salvation is often synonymous with self-redemption. Atonement for guilt is sought through violence, which, far from being divine, is profoundly human.
What today we call Satanism is really just a form of atheism, born out of the rejection of an all-too-familiar religion.
We cannot be what we want to be, because we are not infinite creators but finite and dependent creatures.
How is it possible to conceive that intelligent people could worship Osho as a god? Because, like Sheela, by worshiping him they were serving themselves.
Salinger was born in New York to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. This mixture set Salinger off on a continuous quest for answers from different creeds.
Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007) staged people unable to love and communicate, condemned to always hide behind a mask.
It is easy to understand why many seek to escape by submerging themselves in virtual worlds - places where one can become what they have always dreamed of being.
Guatemala is the country with the highest percentage of evangelicals in Latin America. However, it has one of the highest rates of inequality, violence and corruption.
Cinema and memory have a similar effect on the truth. They clean it and make it sparkle to make it more bearable.
Florence’s initiative in “The Bookshop” brings about a small revolution. As everyone knows, reading is a dangerous activity.
The Jewish singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, Neil Diamond, has waited until his 77th birthday to reveal that he suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
Music cannot be “Christian”, only people can take up the cross of Christ and follow him.
“It only takes ten seconds to crush a man’s ambitions”, says Frank Underwood before becoming President.
This is not the story of a great man, but the story of a great God, who deeply loves miserable and tormented creatures like this monk.
Stories about lost children explore our greatest fears. The big TV revelation this summer was an impressive Argentinean series produced by HBO called The Bronze Garden.
When we are young we think that we are going to live forever. Death is something that we never talk about.
In search of authenticity (5). Schaeffer taught me how to mourn for the world, instead of judging it. He was a man of God who served as a prophet for his generation, which he understood so well.
Any information that we have today of the existence of Spanish sixteenth century reformers we owe to a faceless man, Luis de Usoz (1805–1865).
In search of authenticity (4): Schaeffer was looking for the human contact that might reopen the discussion that the debate had closed.
The story of “A High Wind in Jamaica” (Richard Hughes, 1929) might sound like a comedy, but it is in fact a drama of great cruelty, capable of making the skin of most insensitive readers crawl.
His work is a model of Biblical balance, in the best meaning of the word.
In search of authenticity (3): Francis Schaeffer’s interest was not so much to win arguments, but to win people.
The first of a series of articles on Schaeffer’s legacy and on the challenge he still poses to the world today.