"Noah" star Emma Watson said Director Darren Aronofsky was very sensitive to and mindful of the biblical story while making the movie.
"I think with any text there is always artistic license, you're always looking at someone's specific interpretation of it," Watson told Sky News in an interview posted Monday.
"And I think Darren has tried to be very sensitive, he has tried to be very mindful. He didn't take the task lightly, it's a very inclusive piece and I think it is very true to the spirit and the themes of the biblical story." more >>
Bestselling author Donald Miller has written a blog post arguing that conservative theologians and pastors often use the term "heretic" to defend territories of thought rather than to prevent misguided interpretations of the Bible, and as a result many Christians have stopped thinking.
Those who believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible believe that God created everything in seven days, writes Miller, whose writings generally focus on Christian spirituality as "an explanation for beauty, meaning and the human struggle."
There are also conservative theologians who subscribe to a less literal interpretation of the first few chapters of Genesis, looking at it as a story, "a poetic grunt toward a God-created world, which would then jive with science and not make us all look so silly," he adds. But they choose not to speak up "for fear of being labeled a heretic." more >>
Since Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church first began receiving extensive media coverage for its public and coarse denouncement of homosexuals, and picketing funerals and churches, members of the Southern Baptist denominaton have been quick to draw the line between themselves and the unaffiliated church.
With 15 million members, the Southern Baptist denomination is the second-largest faith group in the United States, behind Roman Catholicism.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention, provided an example to The Associated Press in a recent interview to make the distinction between Phelps and the Southern Baptist denomination by comparing the group to the "Book of Mormon." more >>
In my last post I addressed the issue of concern that some religious believers have about whether or not to see the new movie Noah by atheist director Darren Aronofsky. I explained that there was merit in both arguments to see or not to see the movie. I mentioned that if you were not sure whether you wanted to see it or not, I will be blogging my own analysis of the movie after it opens on March 28. Or you can read other reviewers you respect before you make your decision.
I wanted to mention again that I'm the Hollywood screenwriter and novelist who wrote the blog analyzing an early script of Noah that went viral. It was quoted by all the news outlets, mostly for its negative comments while ignoring the positive ones.
Most movies are a mixture of good and bad. But discerning that difference can be difficult without a more informed approach to understanding how storytelling and film embodies worldviews and meaning. So, if you've decided to watch the movie, I wanted to offer up some ideas to keep in the forefront of your mind as you watch. These will help you understand and appreciate what you like about the movie and be able to discern what you may not like about it for your discussion with others. more >>
More than 20 members of the Westboro Baptist Church held a protest outside a concert by pop star Lorde in Missouri. It was the controversial group's first protest since the death of the founder, Fred Waldron Phelps Sr., even as counter protesters held up a sign saying "sorry for your loss."
The protest was held outside the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City on Friday, KSHB reported.
The rival protesters wanted to send a positive message to the group that is known for picketing funerals and using the slogan "God hates fags." more >>
Joe Carter, editor at The Gospel Coalition, has responded to criticism by Jonathan Merritt, a columnist, as a media debate carries on over whether Jesus' friendship with sinners had any pre-conditions or did He hang out with only those who were or would later be repentant.
Last week, megachurch Pastor Andy Stanley, founder of North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Ga., responded to an article by Merritt, a columnist with Religion News Service, where Carter and others were criticized for their Calvinist views. "Got to go with @JonathanMerritt on this one," Stanley tweeted.
In his article, Merritt quoted Carter, also director of communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, as writing, "Didn't [Jesus] only welcome those seeking forgiveness?" and said that Carter agreed with the statement: "The sinners Jesus partied with were already followers." more >>