Upcoming Movies

A couple movies I hadn’t heard about prior to seeing their trailers last night: The Astronaut Farmer and Amazing Grace (with Ioan Gruffudd as William Wilberforce and Albert Finney as John Newton).

Religious liberty under fire

Catholic League reports on Nebraska legislation that would remove religious exemptions for underage drinking of wine. Christian communion and Jewish Passover practice would be illegal. State Senator Lowen Kruse introduced the bill–and he’s a Methodist minister. Another account says, Kruse said churches have alternatives to serving wine, including substituting grape juice for alcohol. Many churches,…

Revisioning Bobby Lee

It’s Bobby Lee’s 200th Birthday, and some folks are reevaluating his legacy. Yes, he was (at times) a very good general. Had his share of absurdly foolish escapades as well (Gettysburg). But he was a traitor to his country. The article quotes W. E. B. DuBois: “‘It is ridiculous to seek to excuse Robert Lee’…

Journalistic nonsense

Yet another LA Times puff piece on Elaine Pagels begins … There was a time when scholars of early Christianity labored in anonymity at the bottom of academic pecking orders. Then came Princeton professor Elaine Pagels …. Oh really. The names Pelikan, Chadwick, Frend, Quasten, Jurgen, Bromiley, Cross, Goodpseed, Kelly, DaniĆ©lou, Schaff, mean nothing to…