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  1. Well said. This is not Christianity. Bell is preaching a false gospel and will lead his flock straight into hell.
  2. My five favourites: 1. Curse of the Werewolf 2. Dracula (aka Horror of Dracula) 3. Quatermass and the Pit 4. Plague of the Zombies 5. Kiss of the Vampire
  3. I used to be a big Argento fan, but he hasn't made anything decent since "Opera" (aka "Terror at the Opera") and that was over twenty years ago! I have been pondering whether or not to add "Mother of Tears" to my rental list for old time's sake, but the reviews have been so dreadful. These days it seems only Juno is a fan... Note to J.R: "Inferno" (the second film in the Three Mothers trilogy) is Argento's masterpiece. The dialogue is terrible, the acting is patchy and the plot is nuts, but there really isn't anything else like it. It's that rare bird: an arthouse horror movie. Expect to be e
  4. A good question. It's not something that I have ever considered. Is it idolatrous to picture God in our mind as the lion Aslan? Hmmm... I'm thinking that it must be, but I seriously need to sleep on it.
  5. I would argue that the second commandment is a warning against both pagan practises of animal worship and animal representations of God (so, for example, it is forbidden to depict Christ symbolically as something like a fish or a lamb). We have learned a lot since then, particularly how images were used in the early church. WE have examples as far back as the 2nd century. I was fortunate to get to see an exhibit of Christian art from exactly this time period that Calvin denies exist last spring in Forth Worth. Truly amazing works of art! There is an excellent catalog from the exhibit. Th
  6. No, I'm not a red-letter Christian, but I do believe that the Bible is far more than the work of mere men. I believe it to be a supernaturally received text, that the men who wrote it were carried along by the Holy Spirit. I also believe that the more one studies the Bible, the more the Holy Spirit opens one's heart to its truth. We are supernaturally persuaded as we read. Calvin calls this phenomenon "the self-authentication of Scripture". This is why every Christian needs to read their Bible daily.
  7. I naturally regard the word as paramount and sacred. Christ didn't leave us his fleshly body, he left us his words, and the only authentic gospel is one spread through those words. Images carry no such authority because they are the works of men. Images always debase Christ. To depict Jesus in a movie is to depict a false Christ and to present a false gospel. I realize, however, that you and I can never agree on this, so I won't labour the point further. In reply to Jim: I give no credence to relics.
  8. But Christ is ALWAYS fully God. We cannot split him in two and ignore his divine nature - that's precisely what movies do, and why watching them is sinful. But we don't know Christ's actual face. Scripture is silent on his physical appearance.
  9. I personally regard all depictions of Christ as sacrilege. I used to feel the same way that you do until I read Calvin on the subject. This quote from "The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly Explained and Proved from Scripture" by Thomas Vincent is also helpful:
  10. No, I wasn't goofing around, but I appreciate that I could have expressed myself better. I was trying to make the point that such a cartoon, by its very nature, would trivialize Christ's message and suffering. Yes, I feel the same way about all such movies. When I was a child, and long before I came to be a Christian, my grandmother had a picture of Christ above her bed. The image was rather striking and I am still haunted by the face in that picture today. I can even see the face in my mind's eye right now as I write this: the kindly smile, the penetrating blue eyes, the flowing brown
  11. Christ is the God-Man. He is not Astro-Boy. The second commandment is constantly swept under the rug in our entertainment-obsessed culture.
  12. Absolutely not. To watch such a film would be an insult to God.
  13. It's starting to look like the Masters of Cinema release is the one to choose.
  14. Douglas Groothuis, the author of "Truth Decay", is confused by the film and mentions Jeffrey's review on his blog.
  15. theoddone33 wrote: "All of these movies were popular, for different reasons. None of them were "terrible"... all very well made with varying levels of depth. In general, if a film wins best picture it's probably not a terrible film." Per-leaze! "Titanic" makes "Plan 9 From Outer Space" look like "Citizen Kane". theoddone33 wrote: "Jeffrey's review was very negative about the movie's philosophy, from my reading. Yet the artistic quality of the film is well worth 3 1/2 stars, regardless of whether you or I interpret the film to be talking about something we agree with. It's not being hon
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