Movie Mashup: Hail, Trumbo!

With the body politic being what it is lately, it’s unsurprising that so many films of late have been centered around the problems of and dissatisfaction with our economic system: movies like Wolf of Wall Street, The Big Short, shows like Billions, and the upcoming film Money Monster all rhyme, thematically, along with similar fare…

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The Passion of the Antichrist

There are many parallels between the films The Passion of the Christ, by Mel Gibson, and Antichrist, by Lars Von Trier. Both films are the product of Catholic directors, and give expression to a particularly Catholic worldview—a worldview which has a peculiar relationship with pain, suffering, and violence. Both films received mixed reviews on the…

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Support Abortion

The conflict over abortion is perennial here in the states, but since we are in the middle of a Republican primary race, the issue has become more salient, and people are digging in their heels. In response to conservative politicians promising to defund Planned Parenthood, many women have gone on social media, sharing their experiences…

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On Utopias and Birds—or Lenin vs. Dostoevsky

Lenin vs. Dostoevsky In the 1860’s, Nikolai Chernishevsky wrote the manuscript for the novel A Vital Question: What is to be Done? while sitting in prison. Published in 1864, it became to some one of the most important works of the 19th century—notably, to Vladmir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by his pen name Lenin, who…

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Extra Ecclesiam: Can Religion and People Be Free at the Same Time?

In the Gospel of Mark, when a group of Pharisees asked Jesus why his disciples were gathering wheat on the Sabbath—something which was evidently seen as unlawful—Jesus answered that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” This statement is, in a nutshell, the principal contribution of Christian philosophy to the world…

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