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Open Thread: What Have You Been Reading?

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It was great to hear what you all have been watching this summer, so let's bring on the books! Summer is often known as a time for lighter reading, but I have a feeling with this crowd we've got quite a mix of books on the bedside stand or in the beach bag. What book keeps your attention right now? What books are challenging your assumptions? Inspiring you? Making you laugh?

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The Dark Knight: What is it That Really Overcomes Evil?

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We have waited a long time to have Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight hit out movie screens. And finally, it’s here! And dark it is -- more violence, dark humour, and much darker moral complexity. The story opens with a bank robbery in progress and as it proceeds we realise that these bank robbers are ruthless and motivated by an intense greed. The moral darkness of the whole film is set as we see the bank robbers turning on each other. Even the "honour among thieves" code is broken. Finally, the perpetrator of the bank robbery is revealed.

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Open Thread: What Have You Been Watching?

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This is the summer movie season, a time not always known for stellar titles, but I thought it would be nice to open a thread to see what you all are watching at home or at the theater.

What's worth watching? What's not? What stories are a part of your life right now?

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Digesting Peter Singer

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Australian Peter Singer is the the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He is also arguably the most controversial philosopher alive today. His critics label him “the most dangerous man in the world”. Using an adjective like “dangerous” to describe a philosopher might seem vastly overblown or at least oxymoronic.

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Reminder: Leaving Church and Babette's Feast for July's Book & Film Club

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Just a reminder of this month's Book & Film Club selections are Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor and Babette's Feast.  

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Wall-E: A Movie With a Full Heart, or A Tribute to Justin

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I went to see Wall-E, the new film from the animation powerhouse, Pixar, not because I like animated films (although I usually do) and not because I like stories about robots (although I usually don’t). I went because my life briefly touched one of the story artists behind the film, one of the hundreds of names in the credits that often scroll by without me giving them much thought.

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Church Accountability: Seven Cautionary Narratives

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Mid-June 2008, a newly published 379-page book arrived in my mailbox on the east coast of Australia. Who was willing, I wondered, to pay $15 to airmail this volume from the United States to the Antipodes? Immediately, the title arrested my attention:

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Gone Baby Gone

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Ethical dilemmas only really occur when values that are held equally dearly come into conflict with each other and cannot be resolved by protecting both. For example, a mother is pregnant but continuing with the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother.

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Book Club Discussion: I Don't Believe in Atheists--All Welcome to Join

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If you pick up Chris Hedges’ recent book I Don’t Believe In Atheists, don’t be misled by the title. This book is no recapitulation of the well-worn phrase: “There are no atheists in foxholes” which is often used by those wishing to combat atheism by dismissing it.

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Death and Resurrection in the Hebrew Scriptures

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The author of Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life, Jon D. Levenson, is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University Divinity School. He has been studying the idea of death and resurrection in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and early Judaic sources (including Rabbinic and New Testament texts) since his Harvard Ph.D. dissertation on the theology of restoration in Ezekiel.

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