Midsommar: A Haunting Portrayal of Pagan Religion Midsommar, written and directed by Ari Aster, is likely a movie that no one should really watch, or, at least, should really want to watch. Aster’s particularly disturbing cinematic display tells the story of a group of American anthropology students invited to witness a secret festival in a … Continue reading Paganism in Art and Reality
I had a great conversation yesterday with a wonderful local pastor here in Orange County. As we were getting to know each other, we started talking about the current cultural climate. He asked me what I thought about the future of our country and I honestly just had to respond, "I don't think it's going … Continue reading Remembering 9/11: Looking at Historical Tragedy in a Post-Historical World
“Now when this corruptible is clothed with incorruptibility and this mortal is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: “Death has been swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?” (1 Cor 15:54-55)"The doctrine that war is always a greater evil seems … Continue reading “Finity Wars”: The Problem of Worldview in Marvel Comic Movies
On a crisp, clear December night shortly before Christmas 2008, I walked up the stairs from the underground parkway on Lower Wacker Drive in beautiful, downtown Chicago. I was home on block leave from AIT (Advanced Individual Training) at Fort Huachuca, AZ. The purpose of my visit to downtown Chicago that night was to meet … Continue reading Between a Modern Rock and Post-Modern Hard Place: The Church in the Middle of Man’s Extremes
I haven't heard much about weeping statues recently. It seems that this kind of thing was a much hotter topic when I was growing up Catholic on the South Side of Chicago back in the 1980's. But recently, not so much. Or perhaps I just am not keeping track of phenomena like this the way … Continue reading Weeping Mary(s): Nature, Hoax, or Miracle?