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Christopher Lake

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  • Interests
    Biblical exegesis, Christian history, thought-provoking films, especially European and Asian cinema (with the occasional Hollywood blockbuster or truly funny comedy), music of many eras and genres, (from classical to jazz to punk/indie-rock), and quality novels and poetry.

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  • Occupation
    It's a long story :-)
  • Favorite movies
    1. La Dolce Vita 2. Ponette 3. The Tree of Life 4. Cries and Whispers 5. Ordinary People 6. The Best Years of Our Lives 7. 2001: A Space Odyssey 8. Poetry 9. The Shining (Kubrick version) 10. Persepolis
  • Favorite music
    Not always in chronological or preferential order: Gregorian chant and other liturgical music, Palestrina, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Wagner, Debussy, Mahler, Robert Johnson, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Sam Cooke, The Temptations, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Kool and the Gang (especially the "hard funk" days, '69-76), Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Gil Scott-Heron, Shuggie Otis, Lafayette Afro-Rock Band, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, The Clash, Television, Ramones, Patti Smith, Wilco, U2, John Cale, Velvet Underground, Laura Nyro, Journey, Corinne Bailey-Rae, Mark Heard, Talking Heads, Cheap Trick, The Replacements, Rickie Lee Jones, Charlie Peacock, Daniel Amos, Larry Norman, Portishead, Hum, Arcade Fire, Camera Obscura, Broken Social Scene, Reverie Sound Revue, Van Hunt, Alabama Shakes, Avett Brothers
  • Favorite creative writing
    Saint Augustine's "Confessions," Shakespeare, George Herbert, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T.S. Eliot, Jean-Paul Sartre's "Nausea," the general work of Flannery O'Connor, Dostoevsky, Thomas Merton, Walker Percy, Anne Sexton, Amiri Baraka (formerly, Leroi Jones), Louise Gluck, Scott Cairns, C.S. Lewis, Peter Kreeft, Father James Schall, some of Francis Schaeffer's work, and the non-mysogynistic, not-so-misanthropic aspects of Charles Bukowski's work (he can be admittedly rough reading, but when he's insightful, he's great!).
  • Favorite visual art
    Not my strongest field of knowledge at this point. I can only offer this: Catholic and Orthodox art and cathedrals (such as Chartres), Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Munch, and others whom I can't remember at the moment...
  1. Christopher Lake


    I haven't yet found a thread on this artist at Arts and Faith, and my writing about her is long overdue here, but Gretchen Parlato's "The Lost and Found" was my favorite CD of 2011, by any artist, in any genre. This disc is beautiful and hypnotic, and it works for me at any time of the year, but I enjoy it most during fall and winter. Years ago, Ms. Parlato was the first winner of the (new at the time) "Vocal" category in the Thelonius Monk Competition. Check out the EPK for "The Lost and Found":
  2. As a Paste fan and an opera lover (and a fan of Bobby Womack!), I'm ecstatic!
  3. Attica, I had a longer reply to your above reply typed out here, and I just lost it. I wish I could reproduce it for you here, but it's gone. I'm sorry. I absolutely have to doggedly devote myself to my graduate studies for the next week. Lord willing, I will be back to this thread by the 12th. In the meantime, I sincerely hope that you will carefully read and consider, rather than quickly dismissing, the article on "Ecclesial Deism," for which I provided the link. The fact that you are neither Reformed nor Catholic does not mean that the article has nothing which addresses your persp
  4. Thanks for this clarification, Attica. Given that this is what you believe that Jesus and His original disciples taught about Hell, at what point do you believe that the early Church began to "fall away" from this understanding? Given that God, presumably, wants to communicate the truth to us, about Heaven, Hell, and others matters of serious importance, why do you think that He has allowed (what are, in your view) false understandings of Hell to be taught, predominantly, for well over 1, 500 years, in Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Protestantism? Even in terms of historic Orthodox theol
  5. Attica, first of all, I want to thank you for providing much more supporting evidence for your view than you did in previous comments. That is very helpful. Actually though, in relation to your comments #130 and #131 (but particularly 130!), you may have pointed me to so many resources here, now, that I couldn't possibly have the time to respond to all of them! There is also, for me, the fact, which you, of course, had no absolutely way of knowing about, that my physical disability of Cerebral Palsy makes typing very lengthy comments (and responding, at length, to lengthy comments) more
  6. My apologies to all for my part in taking this thread away from the film itself. I'll join the discussion over at the other thread. Before I go, I do want to say, and I would hope that this doesn't even need to be said, but just in case, I strongly, strongly abhor both the theology (on Hell and on other issues) and the tactics of Westboro Baptist Church. There is no room in the Catholic Church for such hyper-hyper-hyper-Calvinist insanity-- and I should add that every Calvinist whom I have ever personally known (including myself, for years!) also abhors the thinking and approach of Westbo
  7. Not sure if I agree, but another take on it. For what it's worth, I'm not convinced by the article, nor do I have any idea what the author is talking about when he writes of this particular moment when Christians have moved into the popular culture. I'm not offended by M&S's Christian beliefs. I'm a Christian. Why would I be offended? I'm also not offended by their liberal use of f-bombs. Do people still care about this stuff? I can't imagine why. But the idea of Christian musicians NOT operating in the general culture is a relatively recent one, dating back to the late '60s and the eme
  8. Attica, with respect, you have not shown, i.e. thoroughly demonstrated via documentation, that many early Church Fathers held to universal reconciliation. One or two short quotes, here and there, from one or two Church Fathers is obviously not thorough historical documentation. All that you have established is that you interpret certain Church Fathers as holding to universal reconciliation. You have spoken to a Bishop, maybe more than one, who has confirmed your view. Perhaps there is some merit to that confirmation. However, I can find Bishops in the Catholic Church who will quite veh
  9. ((SPOILERS)) For those who were disappointed, and/or saddened, by the end of House of the Devil, I can empathize. I liked HOTD, overall, as a film, but I did not like the overwhelming feeling, at the end, of darkness and the unequivocal triumph of evil. The end of The Innkeepers is melancholy as well but somehow, it's not as overwhelming to me. Of the two, I prefer The Innkeepers-- both overall, and, especially, the last twenty or so minutes. HOTD finally becomes over-the-top and cartoonish (at least to me, though somehow, I'm really not sure where else it could have gone), while the
  10. Rushmore is a good, funny, very creative film.... but if it's a hell of a lot better than Annie Hall, then I'm a long-distance runner, and I've had Cerebral Palsy since birth...! I'm a serious Wes Anderson fan, but Woody, in his halcyon days (at least from Annie Hall to Crimes and Misdemeanors), was a comedic and cinematic genius. Anderson's great, but he hasn't (yet) reached the level of Woody Allen's best by far (as always, in my opinion, of course)! Ah, good old subjectivity. I like Annie Hall okay, but it's not even close to being a great film in my estimation. Then again, I
  11. Attica, I have to admit that I'm a bit surprised about your sensitivity to my use of the words "heresy" and "heretic" in this discussion-- especially given that you seem to believe that the understandings of both the atonement and Hell that are held by large sections of Christianity, around the world, are corrupted with pagan... yes.... here it comes.... heresy! I'm speaking largely of different Protestant groups here-- but I'm also referring to the Catholic Church, as at least, the supposed "pagan" view of Hell that you attribute to Dante's Inferno, and, seemingly, to the Catholic Church,
  12. Attica, of course, I meant, "Clement of Alexandria," as that is the Church Father to whom you were referring. "Rome" was merely a typo on my part. About the idea of paganism entering the early Church, and "corrupting" it with the doctrine of Hell as eternal, conscious separation from God, that is exactly what my non-Trinitarian friend believes, as the reason that most professing Christians today support the doctrine of the Trinity. He doesn't see the early Fathers teaching it. He doesn't believe that the Bible supports it. The Trinity is a pagan doctrine, in his view, that "corrupted" e
  13. Taliesin, about your being "lumped in with heretics," please know that I did not write my words about heresy with any personal animosity towards you. Some of my Protestant friends consider me to be a heretic as well. As long as they don't shun me though (as most of my Protestant friends did actually shun me, when I returned to the Catholic Church), I'm very happy to be their friend. I would even like to still be friends with the ones who shun me, but then, friendship entails reciprocity... sigh...
  14. Taliesin, as far as I understand the Catholic Church's teaching, in order for one's profession of heresy to be literally damning (in terms of one's actual, eternal destiny), one must hold to it and persist in it while knowing it to be heresy-- that is, while knowing it to be heresy, as a matter of authoritative Christian doctrine. I could be wrong there, but that is my understanding of the Church's teaching at this point. I am certainly open to correction though! Steven Greydanus, feel free to chime in here anytime! Now, I fully realize that you may be asking, "Who does that?! Who actu
  15. Thanks for the reply, Attica. I should say first that, just to be clear, in asking you the question about Mark 14:21, it was not my intention to enter into a debate about various Biblical texts. I'm not saying that that is your intention either (and I'm not assuming that it is); I just want to clarify things from my end. Part of the difficulty in these sorts of conversations is that you and I have different "starting points." For me, as a Catholic, the starting point is, "What does the teaching authority of the Church say about Hell, as a matter of faith and morals, from Sacred Scriptu
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