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Humanizing Immigration Through Film

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Immigration is as complicated an issue as it is emotional. Politicians use the topic to drive their election bids. Ideologues ply their philosophic trade, and it recently came out that private prison corporations are leveraging their clout to pass lucrative immigration legislation. And people are "mad as heck."

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Between Relativism and Fundamentalism: Religious Resources for a Middle Position

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A mentor once suggested to me that the devil is an extremist.

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The Social Network: Etiological Myth Done Proper

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Behind every foundation myth, there is a kernel of historical reality.

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The Thing About Inception

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Fall is upon us and the Summer’s big blockbusters are finally cooling off. Perhaps some lone theaters are hoping to scrape a few final bucks out of the bottom of Christopher Nolan’s commemorative Inception popcorn buckets. But mostly, it’s time to let the film hibernate through the winter til it comes to a TV screen near you.

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God is Not One

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It’s easy to say that all religions are one. It’s easy to say that we all believe in the same God. It’s easy to say that we all want to be in Heaven. It’s also false,

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Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire

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This little book by theologian William Cavanaugh [Eerdmans ,2008] is a tool for helping us reflect in our churches on why we got into this economic mess. Its four essays are structured around the contrast between pairs of key ideas related to contemporary capitalist economics: “Freedom and Unfreedom,” “Detachment and Attachment,” “The Global and the Local” and “Scarcity and Abundance.”

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Letters to God: Pornographic?

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Possibility Pictures is one of the more recent Christian film production studios to emerge in a Post-Sherwood Pictures world. Their first feature-length film, Letters to God, released in theaters earlier this year, and the DVD hit shelves earlier this month. I think it’s time to create a new genre: Christian Pornography.

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The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time

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In this book which Random House published this year, New York journalist and cultural critic Judith Shulevitz describes her love/hate journey with the Sabbath as a contemporary Jewish woman.

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Creation: Darwin's Tension and Ours

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In the ironically-titled movie Creation we observe the agonizing process of Darwin trying to come to terms with the publication of his book "The Origin of Species."

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Absence of Mind

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Marilynne Robinson is one of the most admired novelists of our time, even though she's only brought out three works of fiction: "Housekeeping," "Gilead" and "Home." The first won the Hemingway/PEN Award and has become a modern classic, the second received the Pulitzer Prize and the third was honored with the Orange Prize. All these novels focus, to a large extent, on depicting the intensely inward, spiritual life -- the interiority -- of their protagonists.

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Sat, 05/10/2014 | San Diego Adventist Forum
Monique Vincent, PhD candidate, University of Chicago

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