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When this former nun fled the convent and became a scholar of literature at Oxford, Karen Armstrong thought she'd put all things theological well behind her. But, as the saying goes, if you want to make God laugh, tell Him, or Her, your plans. Next thing you know, Armstrong was creating documentaries.
While working on a film in Jerusalem, the ancient city where Islam, Judaism and Christianity converge, the connections among that trio of faiths rekindled Armstrong's imagination and led to another new career.
Welcome to something new--the Spectrum film vlog. The film vlog is a conversational approach to film review and discussion conducted over Skype, a computer-to-computer video conferencing software application.
This week, Stephen Lloyd joins the Spectrum film vlog to discuss Roland Emmerich's new release, 2012, which is currently in theaters.
Please join us as we break down some of the film's themes and content.
Picture books are not simply books with pictures: they are a delicate interactive fusion of text and image that ceases to have meaning if one or the other is removed. This interaction of text and image is repeated in the interaction of adult reader and child listener. The best picture books include this relationship as part of the meaning-making experience: the presence of the child listener, cuddled up beside the loving adult reader, is implied as part of the dramatic performance that makes up the experience that is the picture book.
Maurice Sendak first entered my world when as a young girl my father read me the story of Max and the Wild Things.
The book's evocative (Caldecott Medal-winning) illustrations and terse, lyrical narrative captured my imagination and transported me "off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are."
From the ancient libraries, book stories, and scholars of Ninevah, Alexandria, China, Mexico and Mexico to the Palatine Library and the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, Matthew Battles in Library: An Unquiet History tells the story of book collections and book collectors throughout history. In telling this story, he also tells a story (or many stories) of books themselves.
My life as a reader has had its ups and downs and not-sure-if-up-or-downs, but there's always a deep affection for books. I've never gotten into magazines, lose patience with blogs, and rarely make use of books on CD. But to wander through the universe of a book is still as compelling an experience as it was when I hid under the blankets with a flashlight after my childhood bedtime.
This week two young Adventist scholars offer their takes on Michael Moore's latest documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, which is in theaters now. Daniel Blair is finishing a masters degree in Religion at La Sierra University (with an emphasis in New Testament studies) who holds that capitalism has become antonymous to the teachings of Christ. Justin Woods is a self-employed software developer, who recently moved to Loma Linda to pursue a doctoral degree in Geology. He is happiest when enjoying Indian, Thai, or Ethiopian food.
Capitalism's True Story
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.