On Friday, we published Ashley Chandler's essay on "Gone with the Wind," the 13th and final installment in BreakPoint's Films of 1939 series. (Links to all the previous entries in the series can be found at the bottom of Ashley's piece.)
I'd like to thank Alex Wainer, Kaitlyn Elisabet Bonsell, Rachel McMillan, Ruth Anderson, Christy McDougall, Katie Shupe, and Ashley Chandler for their participation in the Films of 1939 series. I've learned a great deal from their thoughtful, heartfelt reflections on some of their favorite films. We've touched on topics from race and class, to sex and marriage, to world-changing political and artistic movements, to the double-edged sword of nostalgia. It has, I hope, been a helpful exercise in learning to look at art, history, trends, and much more through the lens of a Christian worldview. If you gave any of the movies a try and would like to share your thoughts with us, or if you have any observations about the series in general, please use the comment section below!
And now for our grand finale. So many great films came out of "Hollywood's Greatest Year" that we didn't have time or room to cover them all on the Features page. But below are some short blurbs from Kaitlyn, Ruth, and myself on just a few more of them. And we encourage you to go discover even more classics from that year on your own! READ FULL ARTICLE »
I just attended the "It's a Wonderful Life" festival in Seneca Falls, New York, which locals believe is the town on which Frank Capra based his fictional Bedford Falls. Frank Capra is known to have visited the town shortly before beginning work on the film. The town's bridge (see picture 1 below) is identical to the one in the film. And the town--actually a village--bears a striking resemblance to Bedford Falls. READ FULL ARTICLE »
In the debate about same-sex marriage, we must inevitably come to same-sex parenting. By now many of us are familiar with the research wars over whether children fare as well in same-sex homes as in opposite-sex families. While same-sex parenting proponents tend to focus their arguments on personal stories and claims of justice, proponents of maintaining the traditional family tend to rely on comprehensive research, human biology, and the simple question, “What is in the best interest of the child?”
The second video in the six-part Humanum series combines elements of both approaches, exploring what is best for children, not with scientific or statistical arguments, but through beautiful stories of people and their profound, poetic, and spiritual experiences of the necessity of mother and father. READ FULL ARTICLE »
It would make me very, very happy if people all over social media could stop referring to "Baby, It's Cold Outside" as "the date rape song." If we can't have a little playful romantic banter in a song without detecting rape at the bottom of it, I think there's something wrong somewhere. Not only is it a sign of massive cultural hypersensitivity, but I'd argue it's disrespectful to actual date rape victims.READ FULL ARTICLE »
When a Colorado cake baker declined, on religious grounds, to make a cake for a homosexual "marriage," a gay couple sued him and a judge ordered him to make cakes for same-sex "weddings." He was also viciously attacked in the press for being a homophobe.
But when THIS man called bakeries asking them to bake him a cake celebrating traditional marriage, THIRTEEN of them refused to do so. Waiting for the press, the courts, and all fair-minded people everywhere to go after them. . . .READ FULL ARTICLE »
James Taranto borrows this very useful term from scholar Barbara Oakley to describe the aftermath of the terrorist killings in Sydney. We're being exhorted to remember that the killer "must have loved ones, too" -- despite his alleged murder of his ex-wife. Unfortunate choice of words.
On Facebook, E. Stephen Burnett points out that it's not just the secular world that has a dangerous tendency to exercise pathological altruism: "For the first time I think I recognized that this kind of enablement/pacifistic/false 'forgiveness' response to others' abuse of power is just an extreme version of many evangelicals' response to emotional, spiritual or even sexual abusers."