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  1. See my apology in the short parking section. I shouldn't have decided to walk away from this community. People should be able to follow any interests and political pursuits they chose (within reason of course) without fear of rejection.
  2. I'm leaving Artsandfaith and won't be taking part in this discussion any longer. Enjoy the film.
  3. Yeah, they did a lot of neat tricks with him. The part of him jumping out the window the way it did was fantastic. Goofy, funny, yet also entirely creepy. Yeah there was so much going on there.
  4. Right. They also manage to make the character frightening, but then at times kind of like able, quirky, and fun. His singing in the apartment comes to mind, he was having a great time. My favourite scene with him was the scene where he got slapped. Such fine acting. I had to rewind it several times. Welcome. Remember, this was made under communism. I'm surprised that it had what it did. I think it could have been integrated further in the sense that connecting the dots of the connection between those variety of things might be a leap for some. Not su
  5. IMO Suicide Squad wasn't too "light", so far as that goes. My biggest complaint is that the middle section started to drone on with basically the same unchanging story, and then started to become garbled when it jump from scene to scene with no apparent rhyme or reason. I found myself wondering if I had phased out and missed some transitional shots, but then I realize that I hadn't, it just kind of jumped there. That's almost certainly in part to do with the reshoots. But it's also almost certainly to do with a lack of editorial control in piecing them together. Or maybe they just didn't
  6. I'm pretty sure it does. Although I think it's fairly clear that there are other aspects to the character which are a bit hazy to us. Oh, yes. It is great. The ideas surrounding it are fantastic. I love that this part of the film gives such an interwoven commentary on science, faith, the arts, communism, culture, history. etc. So much of which is depicted in those images. When I think about it, it's pretty much all there. There also might be little bit of a 1950's type sci-fi/horror flick thrown into the mix. There's a lot to dig. You might not have made
  7. Our interaction with "the world" really is a tricky thing. I happen to think that some things in the world and secular culture can be of benefit and can speak to us, and even correct us, but other things.... not so much. I've always been a big advocate of engaging culture with intentional discernment, but it seems that some people have more of an ability to be discerning than others. I can also see why, at least a times, some would want to quit worrying about discerning things all of the time, to just give it a rest. To be honest, last night when I read through the thread I was a littl
  8. Seems to me that he was practical effects with some CGI tweeking.
  9. Okay, I can live with that. Yes, I completely agree that with at least certain people outside of the pulpit it isn't productive. Some people are also too *far* to really even comprehend the argument I would be making. I had written that here with the understanding that many, or most, at Artsandfaith could be considered to be at least somewhere "within the pulpit". I still do think it's noteworthy. Some people are not interested in what Christians have to say and feel that it has little answers for the culture. In C.S. Lewis' time, people who were not Christians would b
  10. I found Pete's Dragon more touching and personal, but the new Jungle Book is a sweeping adventure with some pretty impressive animated characters.
  11. I think Plantinga would have definitely had more influence overall. He was an influence on many current Christian philosophers to follow that craft, and is held as one of the fathers of the recent resurgence of Christian philosophy. I would think that the others are on a current list simply because they have published widely regarded books of late.
  12. Well, first off, I've kind of shown that we can't limit the Discovery Institute to the ID movement. I was talking about the Discovery Institute in general and not just about the ID movement which is a subset of it, and there are also scientists speaking about fields outside of biology It is the most known aspect of the Discovery Institute, and probably the central aspect of it, but it is not the only aspect of it. So in regards to "public intellectuals" the Discovery Institute should not be bound to just biology. - So far as actual biologists. There's also Paul Chien.
  13. But Peter. Phillip Johnson is far from the only person publishing through the Discovery Institute. Actually, I would think that, right now, there are others who are publishing more, have a more relevant education and background, and are on the leading cusp of the debates. Are you following what they are doing? They have sections of their group dealing with Economics, Technology, Human Exceptionalism. They've got guys like Michael Denton who are talking within their area of expertise, as are Myers and Behe etc, whom if you've ever watched one of their debates can hold their own (some
  14. I'll be away this weekend, so I won't be able to check in. I think it's a film which, even if you don't enjoy all of it, you will find parts of it to enjoy. It's interesting in that at times it is quite subversive, but at other times it is more forthright than my tastes (for example - blind justice). As I've indicated, I think the officials knew some of its themes, but even then didn't realize the extent of it.
  15. For September I chose the Soviet film Repentance. A few reasons why I chose the film. First and foremost I had originally purchased this film because I had read somewhere that it had a great impact on it's society and was seen as a fine example of subversive art (I don't think the officials understood the magnitude of its mocking of them as well as some other things). The people understood what it was saying even if some of the officials did not. I think the film also does a fine job of dealing with some interwoven themes of science, religion, art, history/heritage, and family. It can
  16. So are we going with Repentance then? Is it a go to set up it's own thread?
  17. This might be worth digging into. "In this mettlesome, slyly funny takedown, Wolfe spotlights two key scientific rivalries, each pitting a scrappy outsider against the academy....Wolfe's pithy and stirring play-by-play coverage of compelling lives and demanding science transforms our perception of speech....As always, white-suited Wolfe will be all over the media...stirring things up and sending readers to the shelves."―Donna Seaman, Booklist"A fresh look at an old controversy, as a master provocateur suggests that human language renders the theory of evolution more like a f
  18. The Discovery Institute isn't the only organization of intellectuals that is challenging strict Darwinism (not counting the various YEC groups), there's also scientists and philosophers with no direct connection to faith, such as the Third Way of Evolution. So, currently much of what the Discovery Institute is saying is not outside of intellectual discourse, even though it may be outside of mainstream acceptance. But really, isn't much of what Christians intellectuals are saying right now in general, outside of mainstream acceptance? At least within the Academy?
  19. Why not? We don't have to agree with everything they say to have them fit that bill (and I think that there is going to be some breakthrough in regards to them as well - it's already happening, what with even a major secular/atheist philospher Thomas Nagel haven written that they have been marginalized unfairly [paraphrasing]). Also, the Discovery Institute isn't just involved with Intelligent Design, ID is only one portion of what they are publishing about. There's no doubt that some of those guys are pretty smart, agree or disagree. I submit that the Discovery Institute can be consid
  20. There are Christian intellectuals today. There's actually been an increase of Christians involved with philosophy and teaching it in the universities since Lewis' time, and this probably at least partially influenced by the likes of Plantiga. Coming from this are renowned Protestant philosophers/scholars/apologists like Alvin Plantiga, J.P Moreland, William Lane Craig, Nancy Pearcy etc. There's also the Evangelical Philosophical Society who regularly publishes a journal. Then moving out of the Protestant world there are scholars/philosophers like David Bentley Hart. Or there a
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