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Lots of feedback!
As a Catholic and a lover of books and movies, I am thrilled that you and your friend, are doing
a podcast like this. Your reviews and analyses, are helping me to see layers with in secular shows
that I never thought to look for.
As far as story of noah’s ark goes, I don’t take it literally. I think that the story. at least
in part is meant as a metaphor. Saying that God can get two of every animal on to a ship, along
with Noah and his family. Then repopulating the world with them, tells me, that there isn’t anything
that God can’t do.
Please do a review of the movie Gran Torino, if I understood it correctly, there are a lot of Christen
morels and themes in the movie.
Also from Kathleen:
I hope this makes sense to you
Spock’s father tells him to “put aside logic and do what feels right.”
I have spent a lot of time turning this one over. What I got out of it was this, I think what
his father might have been trying to say was this. The logic of the head, numbers and facts, vs.
the logic of the heart, things like love. We find out later in the movie, that Spock’s father married
his mother because he was in love with her. I think that his father was acknowledging that it was
right for Spock to defend his mother’s honor. But that at the same time, his father didn’t approve
of the way in which Spock chose to do so. Also I made the observation in the move, that most Vulcan’s
don’t seem to understand, that emotions can exist along side of logic.
In Spock’s training, we may have heard a new immortal phrase, “It is morally praiseworthy but
not morally obligatory.”
I believe that this is meant to be taken in the context to the Vulcan culture. Think of it this
way, to the Vulcan’s it is morally praiseworthy to be logical, but is it also morally obligatory
to be logical? Like I said above, I believe that it was morally praiseworthy for Spock to defend
his mothers honor. However according to the Vulcan culture, I don’t think doing so by Vulcan standers
was morally obligatory. It wasn’t morally obligatory for Spock to defend his mother’s honor because
the Vulcan’s would see that as an emotion response.
Also when old Spock speaks to young Spock and tells him to fallow his heart. I think that old
Spock might have found out, off screen, about young Spock being in love with Uhura. Or its possibly
that he was trying to explain to a young Spock that some times in order to be logical you have
to do what seems illogical at the time. After all Spock was talking about helping to repopulate
his race, instead of doing what was right for him. In other words fallowing the Vocation to work
along side of the crew of the USS Enterprise and also to possibly marry Uhura.
Maybe I have just read to much into all three of those things. But after turning it all over
for about two days and one night. I am vary satisfied with what I have found.
They have broken the Air &; Space Museum into several locations. The main one is now outside
DC at Dulles Airport (Chantilly, VA). It is called The
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
I went and visited it 2 years ago. The did show the front and the insides correctly and the building
does have hangar doors at each end of the main part of the building. Not sure about the planes
Peggy commented on Star Trek (Initial Reactions):
May I make one suggestion? If you are going to review a movie, even initial reactions to it,
you obviously have to talk about the movie in specific ways. And since you have it in the title
that it is Star Trek (in this case), people should understand that you are going to have spoilers
big time. Otherwise, you cannot really discuss it in depth from a Christian viewpoint, which as
I understand it, is what this blog is about.
So how about just giving one single disclaimer at the beginning. “This episode is an in-depth
look at ______; if you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to save this until after you have, because
it is going to contain many spoilers.”
Otherwise all you can really say is “I liked/didn’t like it. Or some general things like “it
included profanity or immorality.” You won’t be able to support that with examples. The podcast
will be over in five minutes. I’m guessing that your listeners are like me, in that we actually
want to hear the movie discussed in detail. 🙂
And again from Kathleen:
I love horror moves and I don’t mind violent and gore, however I like it when its well placed
and not grittiest. I tend to be extremely turned off by American horror movies because of this,
I tend to lean towards horror movies that draw on mythology, folklore, the supernatural, and related
genres. That said I will not watch the Saw movies, I have seen part of one at a friends house,
and was happy that I had bough my laptop with me. So my friend watched the movie and I played a
By the same token I don’t always mind nudity, just as long as there is a reason for it. I do
like remissions art. However I don’t like it when the only point of such a thing or if it takes
away from the program instead of adding to it. One of my most beloved shows is Elfen Lied, even
though it is animated this isn’t for kids, the show is gory and contains nudity. However one of
the central themes of the show is what it means to be human, so I am able to deal with everything
with in that context.
In contrast I had to stop watching a show called Gantz,
due to graphic sexual content. I was vary upset by this, because the show is an other wise interesting
and graphically violent romp though desperation for the main characters, who are just trying to
As for ratings I will watch G, PG, PG-13, and R-rated movies, however I use more discretion
with R and PG-13. I am harder on R and PG-13 rated movies, because I have see a handful of PG-13
movies that should have been rated R. The second Austin Powers movie is a prime example of this,
honestly how much sexual innuendo can be squeezed in to a PG-13 movie?!
Hey guys! Great podcast. One question. What I seem to be hearing from Daniel is that violence
is okay, language is okay, but sex is not. Why is that? Why is “immodesty” bad?
Do you support Christian art that is bad (quality wise)?
Is being uncomfortable a bad thing? There are things in the Bible that disturb me. Plenty
of great art is designed to make you uncomfortable/take you out of your comfort zone.
Okay that was more than one question. 😉
From Professor Alan:
I had a few comments about episode 6, where you discuss “drawing the line.”
One place I draw the line is “quality”—so I disagree with your contention of supporting movies
by Christians just because they are movies by Christians. I have found that most of these movies
that come from self-described “Christian” movie studios fall way short in areas of quality. Out
of respect to my brothers and sisters, I will not name specific films.
I have a novel manuscript that I am shopping around, and if I ever get it published, I want
people to recommend it because they think it’s good, not just because it was written by a Christian.
I want to write a good novel, not a “good novel for a Christian”
As a matter of fact, I do agree with you that I don’t like movies with an overt agenda, but I
find that most “christian” movies fall into that category. I don’t like art being used for any
agenda, even if it’s an agenda that I would be sympathetic to.
I enjoy the show. Thanks for listening to me.
Hello Eve and Daniel,
Thank you for bringing up this topic. While the line might be different for everyone, it’s really,
really important to think about the line. So many people just march blindly into the movie theater
because that’s the thing to do. It’s so important to be aware of your actions, interpret them in
light of scripture, and live consciously.
Thank you, too, for bringing up the point about supporting these things with our money. That
often speaks very loudly.
I just wanted to point out that although the flood is a sufficient explanation of fossils, even
more so than the explanation of long periods of time, because fossils are formed under high pressure
situations, which the flood easily explains. But God still creates things that appear to have age,
for example he created Adam a full grown man along with all of the animals and plants. Also when
He created the stars, even though they were light years away, their light was instantly visible
on Earth. Also Jesus created what was considered the best wine at the wedding, which the longer
the aging the better the wine.
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