The Quran, the Bible & the Flying Spaghetti Monster

06/10/2013 Comments (52)

In my post last week on the Bible and of the Quran I argued that since creation itself reveals God’s “eternal power and deity,” as St. Paul writes in Romans 1, it is possible to have meaningful knowledge of God simply as the eternal, all-powerful cause of everything that exists. By the same token, to speak of the eternal, all-powerful cause of everything that exists is necessarily to speak of the true God, not a false god, no matter what inadequate or false ideas about God one may attach to one’s picture of God.

Even a false god, a pagan god, is understood to have some sort of foundational or explanatory role in the cosmos or the world around us. A god is not simply a powerful and...READ MORE

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Is the God of the Quran the God of the Bible?

06/07/2013 Comments (64)

No, the God of the Qur’an is Not the God of the Bible,” proclaims the headline of a recent essay at First Things by Gerald R. McDermott, a professor of religion at Lutheran-affiliated Roanoke College.

Staging the question against the backdrop of the 9/11 attacks, McDermott takes issue with the “nuanced but insistent Yes” of a book called Allah: A Christian Response by Yale theologian Miroslav Volf. Volf’s “argument for the identity of the Muslim and Christian Gods collapses under its own weight,” McDermott proclaims.

McDermott’s approach seems problematic to me from a number of perspectives. The very fact that he speaks of “the Muslim and Christian Gods” should be a red flag to any...READ MORE

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New Ghibli Blu-rays! My Neighbor Totoro & Howl's Moving Castle

05/31/2013 Comments (19)

This week, one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved and accomplished features, along with one of his less successful efforts, debut on Blu-ray.

My Neighbor Totoro is among the most extraordinary family films ever made. Roger Ebert included it in his Great Films project, justly so. For years now I’ve been mulling over a personal all-time top 10 list (I’ve settled on about six or seven titles), and I’ve gone back and forth whether to give a slot on the list to Miyazaki’s Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro. In the end I think Spirited Away wins out, but it’s close.

The gentle, nearly plotless events in the lives of two young girls moving into a new house are mesmerizing to even the youngest...READ MORE

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Reel Faith is back! On Fox News! Mother Dolores! New 60s! More!

05/30/2013 Comments (6)

Last week Reel Faith kicked off our fourth summer season with a bang, with appearances on Fox News and The Catholic Channel. (You can watch our summer season premiere right now at our website — and tune in for our second episode this Friday. More info)

Even better, at Fox News studios in New York, Suzanne, David and I ran into Mother Dolores Hart, the “Hollywood nun” featured in God Is the Bigger Elvis, the Oscar-nominated documentary about how a successful young actress who costarred with Elvis (and, yes, kissed him onscreen) found consecrated religious life more compelling than Tinseltown. (If you haven’t seen it, you should.)

David had already met Mother Dolores — in fact, he’d...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: ALL THREE Iron Man Movies! Pain & Gain! More!

05/03/2013 Comments (3)

No, of course I didn't review all three Iron Man movies in one 60-second review, but I have 60-second reviews for all three Iron Man movies.

Also, I wish you could have been there when I recorded the 60 for Pain and Gain … my producer was literally doubled up with laughter at the end.

(For more, including the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, the original Jurassic Park the latest from Studio Ghibli, From Up on Poppy Hill and the Evil Dead remake, see the last batch of 60s.)

Pain & Gain (SDG)

 

Iron Man 3 (SDG)

 

Iron Man 2 (SDG)

 

Iron Man (SDG)

 

Oblivion DD

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In 60 Seconds: 42! To the Wonder! Jurassic Park! Ghibli! More!

04/16/2013 Comments (5)

More 60 second reviews than you can shake a stick at! In this batch:

  • The old-fashioned Jackie Robinson biopic 42!
  • The latest from Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), To the Wonder!
  • The original Jurassic Park, now in theaters in 3D!
  • The latest from my beloved Studio Ghibli, From Up on Poppy Hill!
  • The Hollywood horror remake Evil Dead, based on the cult favorite by Sam Raimi!
  • The Ryan Gosling/Bradley Cooper indie crime drama, The Place Beyond the Pines!

(For The Croods, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Call and more, see the last batch of 60s.)

42 (SDG)

 

42 (DD)

 

To the Wonder (SDG)

 

Jurassic Park (SDG)

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Return of 60 Sec Reviews! The Croods! Oz! Burt Wonderstone! More!

03/22/2013 Comments (1)

New 60s! After a hiatus since December, here are short takes on the latest films from David and me. Enjoy!

The Croods (SDG)

Oz the Great and Powerful (SDG)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (SDG)

The Call (SDG)

Oz the Great and Powerful (DD)

Jack the Giant Slayer (DD)

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Best Films of 2014: More Lists

02/01/2013 Comment

Oops! You’re a year early. (Okay, technically, it’s my fault for botching the URL and linking to the wrong location.) Try Best Films of 2013: More Lists.

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About Steven D. Greydanus

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Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register and Decent Films, the online home for his film writing. He writes regularly for Christianity Today, Catholic World Report and other venues, and is a regular guest on several radio shows. Steven has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including “The Church and Film” and a number of filmmaker biographies. He has also written about film for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy. He has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA. He is pursuing diaconal studies in the Archdiocese of Newark. Steven and Suzanne have seven children.