Friday, January 06, 2006
Narnia Narnia Narnia…My Review and Thoughts
Narnia, Narnia Narnia…
Okay, people have been asking my opinions, my review, and some questions about the film, and after seeing it last night, here is my take:
1) I love the film as a film! I dare say that I enjoyed more than any of the three Lord of the Rings movies, which, were of course, fantastic.
2) I believe that it was also a good adaptation of Lewis’s book. Sometimes a movie can be good, but do such a poor job of fairly representing the book that has actually brought people to the theaters that it makes the whole experience dreadful. See Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for one such example.
3) I though the additions were masterful and the changes acceptable.
Latest Winner of the Pat Robertson Stupidest Thing Said This Month is…Pat Robertson
He’s at it again. Pat, just go back to praying for people over the air and funding your flying hospital
Perhaps the “Stupidest Thing Said This Month” award should just by named the Pat Robertson Foot and Mouth Disease Award. Can the man not see an event without proclaiming the “wrath of God” upon the event.
There is a part of my mind that keeps replaying, with the voice from those annoying airport announcements: “Pat Robertson, Pat Robertson, please pick up the white courtesy phone…your 15 minutes of fame are up.”
As I have said before, I do have a soft spot in my heart for the guy. He seems amiable enough, and I do believe that he has done some good things. But…
1) Saying that Prime Minister Sharon’s stroke is the judgement of God on him for kicking out the settlers out of the West Bank is just loony.
2) Are we to assume that Pat’s prostate cancer some years back was God’s judgement for his taking advantage of the poor in his diamond mines?
3) He does not, nor has he ever spoken for a) all Christians b) all evangelicals c) the religious right or d) Republicans.
4) There are many good, card-carrying Evangelicals (myself included), that while defending Israel’s right of existence and self-protection, are pro-Palestinian.
5) Christian Zionism can be dangerous, and it leads Pat to assume that any effort made by Israel, as Sharon did in 2005, to create the space for peace by giving to the Palestinians lands that according to the original 1948 Charter for Israel were Palestinian lands is heresy and idolatry on the order of setting up a Golden Calf.
In the words of Monte Python, “Will you shut up, Shut up.”
Pat, time to look for a graceful exit stage right and hand over the reigns of the 700 Club to someone who can tell the difference between the voice of God and the voice of their own biases.
A Very Bad Bad Sign - Muslims and Holocaust Day
Of course we have the “President” of Iran saying that the Holocaust never happened (you need to remember that the Mullah’s diallowed any other candidates but the gentleman who won and former President Rajsanjani, who the country despises). But this is in many ways worse
Look, things like Holocaust Day are not going to really end genocides. After all, Europe either stood by and actually served the genocides in both the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda. But this is a nice day of rememberance. So why...why...are if your the Muslim community in the UK do you oppose this event? As I said recently, Islam is a very proud and respectable tradition, which I disagree with in principle. But, lets face facts, Islam has a major issue with other religions.
If you have any doubts, read this one:
Recently Saudi Arabia endowed two chairs of Islamic Studies at Harvard and Georgetown. So, when you do supposed the U of Riyadh is going to open those Department of Judaic and Christian studies???
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Mark Steyn Nails the Fall of Western Civlization
I am not one of the doom and gloom people. It doesn’t pay to be pessimistic. Having said that…
Western culture is in a serious challenge. I love Islamic culture, and have the utmost respect for Muslims and the Islamic faith, even though I believe that it is patently wrong, and that the God of Islam and the God revealed in Jesus Christ are in direct contradiction (see my paper on this topic, “Is the God of Islam the Father of Jesus” on the website somewhere).
But Islam is not a liberal (in the best meaning of that word) culture. As Orson Scott Card paints wonderfully in his Bean series book, Shadow of the Giant no faith that does not allow people to leave it can ever truly be a religious faith. And thus, the great challenge in Western Culture today is whether we are willing to put down our own immediate gratification for the sake of the preservation of something bigger than ourselves.
Mark Steyn, a Canadian/Brit and columnist to the world, has an outstanding piece at Opinion Journal. This is a must (allbeit) long read. Let me know your thoughts…