Archive for December 2011


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    December 27th, 2011 @ 9:38 pm by admin

    While many Christians in the West are absolutely certain that people like Osama Bin Laden go immediately to hell when they die--typically forever--Islamic religious leaders aren't so sure. Not only do they question our ability to know such things for certain, Muslims also believe that no one stays in hell forever no matter how heinous their sins. A quote from a recent article on this topic:
    Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations branch in Houston, also suggested God’s mercy could reach far enough to pardon the sins of Islamic militants—even those who have neither

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    December 23rd, 2011 @ 9:53 pm by admin

    Even though hell is largely associated with Christianity, images of hell have a firm grip on the broader public consciousness. A recent study has shown that over 80% of Americans believe in some form of afterlife, and 71% describe hell as either “a state of eternal separation from God’s presence” (39%) or “an actual place of torment and suffering where people’s souls go after death” (32%). So that's what the pollsters think, but what do you think? Let us know by answering the poll below. But before you do, a few definitions are in order: Infernalism: The belief that hell

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    December 22nd, 2011 @ 5:27 pm by admin

    "Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly." To which Brian Jones replies, "The fact of the matter is, Hell is real. Deciding whether or not hell exists isn't an intellectual exercise; it's a matter of eternal life or death." Hmm... All I can say is, I like this photo of Victor

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    December 20th, 2011 @ 8:48 pm by admin

    A few facetious thoughts. And yes, I realize the categories below aren't mutually exclusive... If you're an Atheist, you feel conflicted, b/c as much as you resent Christianity for threatening you with the horrors of hell, you have to admit that taking a few days off to spend time with family and friends isn't such a bad idea--neither is that iPad 2 you just found under the tree. If you're an Agnostic, the struggle to reconcile the horrors of hell with the joy of Christmas is just one more reason to keep your options open--and to pour

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    December 15th, 2011 @ 5:56 pm by admin

    Throughout the production of Hellbound?, one of the questions I get asked most often is, "How is the film going to end?" By that, I assume what most people really mean is, "What's your position on hell?" Of course, I'm no Rob Bell (Who can afford the smart guy glasses?) But like him, I'm far too cagey to give a direct answer. Instead, I typically respond by saying we're taking a critical look at every view on hell in order to provoke informed discussion. I'm not interested in telling viewers what to think. Rather, my goal is

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    December 13th, 2011 @ 10:54 pm by admin

    For those of you who don't know a lot about the film making process, I thought I'd write a periodic series of blog posts to "pull back the veil" on what it takes to make a film. For starters, you may already know that there are three basic stages to creating a film: 1) Pre-production: This includes every aspect of development up until the cameras roll, from generation of the initial concept to creation of key artwork, outlines, scripting, scouting, etc. 2) Production: This is the stage most people think of when they think about movie-making. This is boots on the ground, cameras

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    December 9th, 2011 @ 11:37 pm by admin

    It came from Miroslav Volf. My summation: A lot of people blame religion for much of the violence in the world, which must be acknowledged as fact. But at the same time, we must acknowledge that all of the efforts to exterminate religion throughout the past century have led to even greater violence. So the solution is not less religion but more religion--true religion though, not religion that has been co-opted by personal or national vendettas and

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    December 9th, 2011 @ 7:42 pm by admin

    I've only uploaded a few videos so far, but we'll have more to come shortly. Hot off the presses is a test version of an animated title we're developing. Check it out!

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    December 8th, 2011 @ 4:19 pm by admin

    According to our Facebook insights, we are trending quite heavily toward the male side of the population. Just over 67% of our "likers" are men, and over half of them are in the 25-44 years age category. What does that tell me? That perhaps men are a little more concerned about the status of their eternal fate--maybe with good reason. :) At any rate, we'd love to have more likers. So please spread the

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    December 6th, 2011 @ 6:33 pm by admin

    That's the question I'm puzzling over right now as we ramp up promotional efforts for Hellbound? When we first started shooting, I was only too happy to keep people up to date on where we were going and who we were interviewing. But as things progress, I've been trying to find the line between building anticipation and preventing frustration. You know, sort of like a burlesque dancer. So that explains why we've been a bit cagey about the point of view the film takes on hell, let alone who is in it. I don't know about you, but

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