Goya’s Ghosts

At the climax of Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest , R.P. McMurphy, the irascible antihero who believed time in a madhouse was preferable to time in the Big House, has succeeded in making life miserable for a psychiatric hospital’s staff and tolerable for its inmates. . . . . Continue Reading »

A Christian at the Movies

Oh for the days of the old Hollywood Production Code, when men were men, women were ladies, and sociopaths weren’t always the coolest guys in the room. You remember the Production Code: that system of dos and don’ts more or less agreed upon by moral watchdogs and studio heads to ensure . . . . Continue Reading »

Huckabee and Social Conservatives

Reports last month told of a meeting of some ninety prominent evangelical leaders deciding to support John McCain for president. While noting disagreements between themselves and McCain, the group concluded that McCain shared their most important views, on life and marriage. Matthew Staver, the . . . . Continue Reading »

Brideshead Revisited

“Happiness in this life is irrelevant,” Lady Marchmain (as played by Emma Thompson) tells the unbeliever Charles Ryder (played by Matthew Goode from Match Point ) in the recently released film version of Evelyn Waugh’s celebrated novel, Brideshead Revisited . “The only thing that . . . . Continue Reading »

Atheism and Evil

A recent Pew Forum Poll of 35,000 respondents found out something fascinating about agnostics and atheists. Half of all agnostics actually believe in God, at least in terms of a universal force or Primal Origin, perhaps “within.” And 21% of those who call themselves “atheists” . . . . Continue Reading »

When Mother Comes Home

While I’m not very informed about the Intelligent Design debate, the idea sounds inoffensive enough: Scientists cannot prove there is a Designer, and neither can they prove there’s no Designer, so why not leave the question open? Instead the concept of Intelligent Design has been greeted . . . . Continue Reading »

Pervasively Unconstitutional

In an important decision handed down last week, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rebuked Colorado for its handling of a number of state scholarships programs. The court found that the state unconstitutionally discriminated against students attending Colorado Christian University (CCU) and Naropa . . . . Continue Reading »