Friday , August 17 2018

Religion

DVD Review: ‘Gospel According to Al Green’ by Robert Mugge

For insight you'll get nowhere else into one of the most interesting artists of his era, pick up this re-release of Mugge's 1984 profile of the born-again singer.

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Search for God Animates Compelling New ‘Preacher,’ Venerable ‘Supernatural’

What a striking coincidence that two of the most high profile supernatural fantasy shows on TV — ageless Supernatural, now in its eleventh season on The CW, and Preacher, just launched on AMC — revolve around the search for an absentee God. Some of the most profound theological and philosophical questions are being treated matter-of-factly and compellingly on pop TV. What is God’s active role in relation to mankind? To his Creation in general? Does God have a personality? Characteristics? Is he still the vengeful Old Testament God, or has He changed into the New Testament God of mercy?

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Book Review: ‘Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms’ by Arsalan Iftikhar

"Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms" by Arsalan Iftikhar is a well written and passionate book defending reason and rationality. But the world is no longer a rational or reasonable place.

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Theater Review (NYC): ‘Nathan the Wise’ with F. Murray Abraham and Stark Sands

With a uniformly excellent cast, this bracing version of Gotthold Lessing's German Enlightenment play hits home with its then (and still) controversial view of religion: that no faith has the uniquely true message of God.

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