The hit, made-for-Netflix, series "House of Cards" exhibits how men craving power will don a public mask in order for private gain. It's a story about men living with two faces: a public persona and a private will; an image vs reality; a means to an end.
Two-faced men live with the imminent tragedy that their house of cards will crash. One final straw can destroy everything, breaking the camel's back. Men living this way, will do virtually anything to protect their polished myth. Inner turmoil ensues. Character gets twisted. Relationships suffer. Self-protection takes over. Private division and destruction follow.
This dynamic can become even more oppressive for a Christ-following man. We want to present Christian, play the role and rarely, if ever, let anyone look under the hood. There can exist a disconnect between identity and activity; resulting in a synthetic versus authentic Christian witness that is one card away from collapse. more >>
Pope Francis has shared his top 10 secrets to a happy life in an interview with an Argentinean newspaper, and advised people to slow down and enjoy a "healthy sense of leisure," to take care of nature, and to respect other people's beliefs, among others.
Catholic News Service posted Pope Francis' list on Tuesday, published in part in the Argentine weekly "Viva."
The list goes as follows: more >>
This is the third in a five-part debate series on same-sex marriage between James W. Doig and Robert P. George. It originally appeared on The Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse. You can read Part One here and Part Two here.
Thanks for your thoughtful response to my initial comments. In your opening paragraphs, you ask that I provide a general account of what marriage is. To me, it is a continuing relationship between two individuals who commit their lives (including their sexual lives), their futures, and their fortunes to each other. The two individuals may be of opposite sexes or the same sex. If they have children-natural or adopted-that commitment extends to the children as well.
Some observers may want to extend the term marriage to other patterns of human relationships; I would not. However, I believe, as I understand you do, that some legal protections (filing joint income-tax returns, etc.) might be extended to individuals in some non-marital but stable relationships. more >>
The first official trailer for "Fifty Shades of Grey," a film based on the bestselling E. L. James book series, hit the internet last week like a tidal wave, spawning various reaction videos and a media frenzy.
The trailer shows the book's character Christian Grey seducing the young Anastasia Steele through various unconventional sexual encounters. He utters the words "I don't do romance" during the clip, setting the tone for what type of experience viewers should expect.
Dr. Juli Slattery, clinical psychologist and co-author of Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy and the Longings of a Woman's Heart, feels that the movie will add to a movement that has already been working to normalize pornography for women. more >>
A new documentary, "When God Left the Building," slated for release in August, will examine the decline of the American church and the overall deteriorating spiritual condition of the United States.
Thom Schultz, director and president of Group Publishing, set out to examine the fall of several churches and found that in addition to internal issues, external cultural factors are playing a part in the decay of the church.
"The American church as we know it is dying," said Schultz in a statement. "What was once the heart and soul of the community is going away. The majority of churches across the country are either stuck or in a state of decline …" more >>
Signs posted in a Hasidic Jewish section of the Crown Heights, Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City urging visitors to "dress modestly" out of respect for the community have ruffled some members of the public who believe the sign was out of line in passing judgment on the way they dress.
"Love and Respect," the signs declared in a PIX 11 report before continuing: "Dear Resident, Guest, Visitor, PLEASE DRESS MODESTLY. THIS IS A JEWISH NEIGHBORHOOD."