Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Future

My dad took me and my brothers to see Road Warrior when it came out in the early 80's. I was never the same. This summer, as pump prices soar and carbon gasses belch into the air, I thought it might be fun to revisit some of the great scie fi movies of the past 25 years. These movies are asking big questions about things like technology, humanity, and the morality of human invention. Stay cool, have fun, think.

Will the gas wars eventually end with a new dark ages?
Watch Mad Max- Road Warrior

Will DNA mapping lead to gene wars?
Watch Gattaca

Will AI technology eventually take dehumanize humanity?
Watch Terminator

Watch Matrix

Will the government use of technology eventually extinguish individual freedom?
Watch Minority Report

Friday, June 06, 2008

Jesus Camp, Bill Maher and the Culture Wars

One thing that is really clear about the culture that we are living in is that there is a growing rift between devout religious unbelievers and devout religious believers. The folks on the right believe that the liberals are taking over the world and the folks on the left believe that the liberals are taking over the world. Here are a few examples.

The Far Right
I just came across a scary documentary called Jesus Camp. The film chronicles the life of Pentecostal kids who go to a summer camp and are trained within the holiness movement which essentially relates to the culture through separation and encourages piety and holiness of life as well as Charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit. The film has a "yuck factor" of 10 out of 10. At first, I suspected that this film was made to exploit the Pentacostals. However, after listening to an interview with the directors, it really seems like the folks in the film have done a perfectly fine job of scaring me.

The Far Left
I watch Bill Maher frequently because he is a great example of a person who is pretty strongly committed to Atheism and is pretty vocal about his mistrust of religion in general and any form of Christianity in particular. Very rarely do I finish watching Maher without feeling like I have been slimed.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Tim Keller: The Gospel in All its Forms

Like God, the gospel is both one and more than that

Check out Tim Keller's article on the Gospel and the many sides to it:

"The gospel has been described as a pool in which a toddler can wade and yet an elephant can swim. It is both simple enough to tell to a child and profound enough for the greatest minds to explore. Indeed, even angels never tire of looking into it (1 Peter 1:12). Humans are by no means angels, however, so rather than contemplating it, we argue about it..." Read the Whole article in Leadership Journal