This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. The book set off what has been at times a ferocious argument concerning the validity and scope of his theories. A new book by Stephen C. Meyer, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, is not about the transmutation of species over time. Rather, it is about a much older controversy that has extended for thousands of years concerning the origin of life, something that Darwin did not really address in his book.
As we begin moving toward the holiday season, we anticipate good things coming to theaters near us. That also means conversations here at Spectrum about the films we're watching and the topics they cover.
Speaking of topics, Michael Moore's latest documentary hit the silver screen this weekend. "Capitalism: A Love Story" takes a critical look at economic policy in the United States and where America's economic policies have taken us.
Inspiring books take us on moving, mind-expanding journeys, and Samir Selmanovic’s book It’s Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian is no exception. Samir invites us to travel and broaden our horizons on multiple levels: temporally, spatially, and especially spiritually. Through personal stories we are drawn forward toward the promise of a better future, catching glimpses of Samir’s life from childhood through the present. The narrative transports us from small town Eastern Europe to big city USA and from sea to shining sea.
This movie could be called a dark comedy, but it evades capture by any known genre; it runs the gamut of emotions as demonstrated by protagonist Mark Whitacre, whom Matt Damon plays most convincingly. Based on a true story, it illustrates what can occur to whistle-blowers when confronted with the overwhelming power of both global corporations and the U.S. government.
I detest you, I pity you, I …need you?
Alien invasion makes for absorbing, sometimes terrifying stories. Aliens are creepy. They’re unpredictable. And they are almost always hostile. In good alien films, the kind we’re used to, extra-terrestrial assaults threaten humanity with captivity, even annihilation. Think Independence Day or War of the Worlds.
What if the story were reversed? What if the aliens were threatened with captivity and ruin at the hands of humankind?
Since that fateful day on September 11, 2001, significant news reporting has been dedicated to the Middle East and Islam. Such media attention is to be expected, for the old advertiser’s adage "If it bleeds, it leads" still rules news cycles. President Obama’s recent speech in Cairo is a case in point; it had to compete for coverage with a contemporaneous suicide bombing in rural Pakistan — as if those two events were of equally historic significance.
You can also read Spectrum's interview with author Alden Thompson.