Buckeye Jones

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  1. Joel-- I unexpectedly got a chance to attend a lecture by Tom last night at a local church here in Cincinnati. Totally random event that I learned about due to a friend's post on FB. Wow--I think if you have the opportunity to take a course, you definitely should. Two tidbits: 1) Wright writes out his entire lecture, and while he's not appear to read verbatim, I was close enough to see the notes pages were all text. 2) Apparently, he's a very warm and personable instructor, forming relationships and whatnot with the students. So much so that he gave a lecture at this local Cincy church because he taught the senior pastor as a student twenty years ago. That's an endearing quality.
  2. The lies at the end of this didn't bother me so much as the abandonment of its own mythological structure. Its a kind of prometheus story tacked on a Japanese construct but not with internal integrity. 1) The Moon King and the daughters are the moon + stars. 2) Hanso is a mortal, who after many mortal failures preceding him, is about to complete his quest to get magical armor. 3) The magical armor somehow is offensive to the moon & stars. 4) Daughters go off to kill anyone who gets the magical armor. 5) Daughter A falls in love with Hanso (he's different due to adorable combination of samurai + West Texas accent) 6) Moon King unhappy with development uniting eternal "heavenly folk" with mortal man (it's the Lay of Luthien in neo-Japanese clothing). 7) He steals ensuing baby's eye (why? I never got this, or rather, never believed that the explanation for the eye stealing was sufficient.) 8) Sisters find boy; boy goes on quest. 9) Boy finds armor 10) Boy confronted by Moon King--back at the village where the third piece of armor was hidden in plain sight. 11) Boy attacked by Moon King/floating alien from the Avengers, LOSES armor. 12) Boy defeats Moon King anyway, using a THIRD string to play a chord that transforms Avengers alien/Moon King into old duffer. Still no armor. 13) Villagers tell Moon King nice falsehoods to make him feel better. 14) Dead parents show up aglow. 15) While My Guitar Gently Weeps plays. Huh? SDG and others are right--amazing (but still a muddled) initial 90 minutes. Last 15 minutes utter nonsense. From a mythic standpoint--why was there no, zippo, zilch, nada tie back to the celestial part? Why not extend the myth to its mythic conclusions? Why does Grandpa want the eye? What good will that do him? Were the sisters blind? Was he blind himself? No! What's the scoop with the armor? Was it the worst macguffin ever? Why does the moon king turn into an old duffer? Why does he turn into a floating Alien from the Avengers? Where is Loki? What the heck? Still, some of the images and the characterizations and the cinema of it--so beautiful. My kids loved it (11 and 9). I just don't understand how a movie loses its way like this--it must have taken years to make--how do you miss the end? What was originally written? What did they intend to communicate? What could this have been? Ah, well, I probably blinked.
  3. Wright's work, "The Resurrection of the Son of God" is majestic. I've read all of his "Christian Origins and the Question of God" series, but could not finish his two volume work on Paul. I'm no academic but Wright's work is pretty accessible for the non-technician. In his "Paul" works, he gets more technical, and to my untrained eyes, much more engaged with esoteric conflicts in academia; of course this is where the Pauline action is, I guess, ever since Sanders' work in the 70/80s. I'd have a hard time imagining reading just a selected volume from the series without having read the foundations, but if you go in to ROTSOG knowing that Wright's spent a great deal of ink locating Jesus and the gospels in the 1st century milieu of II Temple Judaism in conversation with the messianic expectation as a end-of-the-exile event, and that Jesus was essentially redefining the Israel identity around himself and his followers, then you'll be relatively grounded. The book follows his standard template: Describing the concept in relation to its contemporary Jewish context, then in terms of its relationship to contemporary pagan thought, then in the double criteria of similarity and and disimilarity to both, he paints the topic as a new innovation that demanded a response. I found it exhilarating.
  4. Richard Widmark dies at age 93. Always see him as Jim Bowie in the Duke's Alamo. Long distinguished career spanning almost 2/3 of the history of film.
  5. A 75 year old Harrison Ford beating up commies while hunting antiquities? Without Mutt in tow? Movie magic at its finest.
  6. This still looks stupid and unnecessarily convoluted.
  7. this election did get me to purchase Volf's A Public Faith.
  8. Does anyone actually know any "evangelical" planning to vote for Trump in the US election? I know that I've seen several articles (here, here, and here) that are about the evangelical voting bloc supporting trump in primaries, fears about the evangelical voting bloc, or calls from one evangelical or another to the evangelical bloc not to vote for trump. But other than Falwell Jr, and Pat Robertson, I hardly know any evangelicals planning to vote for Trump. My circle of evangelicals, from my home church, to my Facebook feed, to my family, only 1 person is planning to vote for Trump. So I'm curious--who are these people? How are they being defined? Do you know anyone? What makes them tick? Are you an evangelical Trump supporter? Can you share why? My step-dad, a proud, conservative evangelical, plans to vote for Trump. Mom's a Carson supporter. But my stepdad is a semi-retired small business owner who served in Vietnam, worked hard all his life, believes America is a Christian nation, believes that abortion is evil, believes that drinking alcohol is sin, and is against divorce and swear words. He's a perfect target market for a Huckabee or a Carson. But he supports Trump. I'm going to ask him why. I'm very curious how he reconciles his faith with this candidate who cheats on his former wives and sells vodka and doesn't ask anyone for forgiveness while cussing a lot. Admins--I know we're not supposed to have political topics. But this is a really interesting faith topic (at least to me). Can we keep it unless it degenerates into ugliness (i can't imagine it will based on, you know, Trump).
  9. I just finished reading "A Canticle for Leibowitz", and darned if I didn't wake up this morning thinking it is actually more likely than ever. And I'm generally not one to get caught up in anti-Trump hysteria. I wish I could read more facts than reactions, but social media gushes reaction (and spin). When the entire news industry runs up a big wave of reporting that Hillary will win! until 9 pm the day of the election, I tend to consider that news orgs are susceptible to groupthink (if they are not blatantly partisan, on left or right). I try to read the original sources as much as possible (recognizing they're just as likely to be "spin"). Oh well.
  10. Star Wars Episode IX: Now For Some More Jedi
  11. Who ya gonna call?
  12. Grumpy war vet decides not to kill his niece at the end.
  13. The Ten Commandments! er, maybe not...
  14. A bunch of failed profs plus a working stiff roast marshmallows.
  15. Don't click on her links. Even the Michael Jackson ones.
  16. So, presumably someone you know has been killed in a horrid fashion. So to grieve, you hit the showers--you know, wash away the pain. Oh, and get some with the other guy who's also washing away his sorrows with a good rinse. And of course your shower doesn't have any walls--it's just a big tunnel that goes off into darkness. Darkness, conveniently, where the nasty thing who has just eaten a few of your colleagues is waiting to eat one of you two who decided the best and most effective way to handle a crisis is to get some nookie. Only this time, it's not a freak in a hockey mask punishing you for having sex, it's a xenomorph, who predictively allows the cameraman to get a good view first, then sprays blood all over your boobs in an aesthetic manner while you figure out how to fight it off naked, saving your vengeance for a later, more clothed, chance. Can. Not. Wait.
  17. Truth be told, I envisioned both alien species as looking vaguely like Sid from the ICE AGE cartoons. That is an interesting critique of Russell's Jesuits. Of course all of them are rather easy going regarding the gospel imperative; I don't know any Jesuits nor am I very familiar with them with the exception of their collegiate basketball prowess. I took their post modern liberalism I stride, especially with the light attempts at converting Anne and with Sandoz's expectations of sharing about God with the Reshtar (though that comes with a pointed and horrifying reversal of expectations). I suspect if these were Baptists and not Jesuits the interaction with the aliens would have been much different.
  18. I just finished reading The Sparrow, and actually tweeted Russell to ask her if Silence played an inspirational role in the creation of the novel. She replied, no--didn't read it until well after The Sparrow was complete. But the parallels are so similar, with Rodrigues and Sandoz experiencing the crises of faith in God and God's will in mission as disaster to others strikes. The Sparrow, of course, spins Sandoz into tragic and harrowing irony as he encounters the Singer who inspired the mission itself--less subtle, I think, than Silence's denouement. But what a novel--I can't believe it was a first novel. I read Thread of Grace years prior, and while I found it rich and compelling, it was not near the staggering accomplishment that is The Sparrow.
  19. That would be admirable restraint if they just had him in the background instead of giving him a line or two. Small world syndrome and all that. I'm still a little surprised that we didn't see all those Death Star imperial officers we see in the original Star Wars arguing about the fleet etc.
  20. Saw it. Enjoyed it. But SDG's criticism rings true. Haven't seen a movie in a while where the good guy kills the cat instead of saving it.
  21. It's the exact same movie just in New York and without John Candy.
  22. If only there was a way to repost Ryan's and my contributions to that other thread...
  23. Also, I realize the second post in this thread is an Ahem to the OTHER gilmore girls thread. However, since both threads have been abandoned for years, I don't feel too bad. Plus Chrismo is correct--the other one didn't show up first in the search. So, :P.