Category Archives: Film

Roundup: Yeezianity, the Young Messiah, false Jesus theories, abandoned churches, religion treasures at Yale

“The Church of Yeezianity” by Matt Wilstein: This new religion reveres Kanye West as Yeezus, “a divine being who has been sent by God to usher in a New Age of humanity,” according to the religion’s official website. In an … Continue reading

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Johnny Cash’s “Gospel Road”

Despite all Johnny Cash’s chart-topping hits—“I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” etc.—his lesser-known movie The Gospel Road is supposedly his proudest work. [1] This 1973 feature film was a labor of love: he and his wife … Continue reading

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Karel Teissig’s Black Jesus

At the end of the TV miniseries Killing Jesus that premiered this March, several contemporary Jesus artworks scan the screen. I recognized many of them, but one that was new to me and that I really like is a crucifixion … Continue reading

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Roundup: New Jesus movie, Lent retreat, Art in Orvieto, and Covenant and Exodus videos

Last Days in the Desert movie review: Another Bible-inspired movie! Having premiered last month at Sundance, this one is about Christ’s temptations in the wilderness, starring Ewan McGregor. Critic Jordan Hoffman, writing for The Guardian, gives it four out of … Continue reading

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The Christmas Truce of 1914

This December marks the centennial of the famous ceasefire along the Western Front during World War I. On Christmas Eve, 1914, along the four-hundred-mile frontline, enemy soldiers spontaneously emerged from their trenches, arms laid aside, to celebrate Christ’s birth together. … Continue reading

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Roundup: Eden in art, transgender children, public schooling, new Exodus movie, and John Williams parody

“Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden”: This new exhibition at the Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan is on view through September 28. It features eighteen artists, many of whom work in nontraditional media. “I Am Ryland: The … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Higher Ground (2011)

Director: Vera Farmiga Screenwriter: Carolyn S. Briggs (with Tim Metcalfe), based on her memoir This Dark World Starring: Vera Farmiga MPAA Rating: R, for some language and sexual content Most films that center on Christianity fall into one of two … Continue reading

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Bill Viola’s Emergence as a Picture of the Resurrected Christ and the New Birth of Believers

Water shows up a lot in the Christian scriptures and, along with bread and wine, is central to the sacramental life of the church. In the rite of baptism, it signifies purification or cleansing, even as it signifies too the … Continue reading

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Roundup: Baby’s wonderland, public prayers, cancelled-wedding-turned-banquet-for-the-underprivileged, marriage under threat, and Noah movie

  “Creative Mom Turns Her Baby’s Naptime into Dream Adventures”: Queenie Liao likes to take fairytale-inspired photos of her son, Wengenn, while he sleeps. She calls the series “Wengenn in Wonderland.” A book of these photos was published last year … Continue reading

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Roundup: Coventry Cathedral, the falsifiability of Christianity, racism, a child’s letter, liturgy, and a “recycled orchestra”

I apologize for not generating much original content lately. I haven’t anything substantive to present at the moment, but I have been voraciously reading up and taking notes on the history behind the building and art of Coventry Cathedral—one of … Continue reading

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