Archive for February 2012


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    February 29th, 2012 @ 6:44 am by Kevin

    Right now I'm doing my annual volunteer teaching stint at the Woodcrest School of Writing just outside of Tyler, TX. (Don't worry: I'm teaching by day and editing Hellbound? by night!) Each year I like to use a different film as a shared viewing experience that we can focus on throughout the week. This year it's the Coen brothers' version of True Grit, the story of a 14-year-old girl who hires a US Marshall to help her hunt down the man who killed her father. When I first heard the Coens were doing a Western, I

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    February 27th, 2012 @ 5:04 am by Kevin

    It was one year ago today that all of the furor began over Love Wins, Rob Bell's little book about heaven, hell and the fate of every person who ever lived. It wasn't the book that caused all of the fuss initially though. It was this video made to promote the book. The video starts out with Bell telling a story about an art show at his church, which featured a piece of art with a quote from Gandhi in it. This caused one viewer to affix a handwritten note to the work, saying, "Reality

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    February 24th, 2012 @ 11:58 pm by Kevin

    I don't know why, but it just felt like it was time to post some hellacious artwork on this blog. These images were created by Gustave Doré, a French artist, illustrator, sculptor and engraver who lived for a relatively short time during the mid-1800s. (After which, I assume he was also "en-graved.") During his brief life, he illustrated dozens of well-known books, from Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven to the Bible. The first image below is a sympathetic portrayal of Satan from Milton's Paradise Lost. The second is from Dante's Divine Comedy, where Charon

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    February 23rd, 2012 @ 5:18 pm by Kevin

    I came across this quote from the founder of psychoanalysis in my Twitter feed today:

    "In the long run, nothing can withstand reason and experience, and the contradiction religion offers to both is palpable." -- Sigmund Freud
    I tend to agree with the first half of this statement. The universe is what it is no matter what we believe about it, and the history of science is nothing if not a steady eradication of cherished beliefs about how the world works. This isn't to say science always gets it right and religion always gets it wrong. But

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    February 23rd, 2012 @ 1:27 am by Kevin

    When it comes to hell--or any theological issue--we all tend to gravitate toward a regulating text of some kind, a Scripture passage or theological concept that becomes the lens through which we view the rest of Scripture. Over time, this text or concept often becomes a non-negotiable, the foundation on which we (wittingly or not) build the rest of our theology. For example, people in the Universalist camp will often cite 1 John 4:8 as their regulating text: "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" (emphasis mine). If love is the essence of God's being, then

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    February 21st, 2012 @ 11:13 pm by Kevin

    But don't take that as an indication of anything other than my obsessive devotion to ironing out the argument flow of Act 2. I've kind of been in crisis mode over the last couple of days, cutting together section after section, talking it over with whoever would listen (mostly my wife), and writing outline after outline, but still not feeling like I had quite nailed it. Then I took some time off this morning to drive my daughter to dance class and make a fool of myself on the hockey rink (not a total fool, I did score one goal). And when

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    February 17th, 2012 @ 3:27 pm by Kevin

    I've been having a protracted debate with a Catholic friend of mine lately about the issue of authority. The crux of our argument has to do with the basis on which we can claim to say we have true knowledge. My friend accuses me, a Protestant, of being my own highest authority. He would rather see me adopt a position where I submit to the authority of the Catholic Church, which he believes to be the only legitimate manifestation--or perhaps the fullest representation--of the Church Jesus founded. I've responded by arguing that even if he chooses to submit himself

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    February 15th, 2012 @ 5:58 pm by Kevin

    Most evangelical Christians aren't too big on Catholicism, Anglicanism or Eastern Orthodoxy, which makes their embrace of C.S. Lewis a bit of a mystery, seeing as he was pretty enthusiastic about all three. Despite his Catholic leanings, virtually all of Lewis' books have been put on the "approved reading list" for evangelicals, with Mere Christianity and the Chronicles of Narnia cited as favorites on Facebook pages everywhere. I find this a bit ironic seeing as fellow Brit and Christian J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books are still viewed with suspicion. Rowling writes

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    February 14th, 2012 @ 3:13 pm by admin

    Simon (editor) and I have pretty much signed off on the content for Act 1 of the film. It's all assembled. Now it's up to Simon to make it look pretty. Meanwhile, I'm deep into the assembly of Act 2, which is always the most difficult part of any film. Some days I feel like I'm running around in circles chasing my tail. Other days I'm surprised by how quickly things come together. At this stage it's really important to make sure the two sides of your brain (Author and Editor) are working in sync. I tend to be fairly intuitive when

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    February 9th, 2012 @ 6:42 pm by admin

    I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my father, brother and almost all of my friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine. -- from The Autobiography of Charles

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