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Since You’ve Been Gone

Hi internet. Long time no see. Seems like summer is the time of no blogging for Joel A.

Here’s what I’ve been up to since I last posted:

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Vatican: Harry Potter No Longer A No-No

hbp-harryChristian fundamentalism and Harry Potter aren’t exactly best of friends. The Bible speaks out against magic, so many Christians put their foot down and say that any depiction of magic, whether in real life or in fiction, must be avoided. For the record, I’m not one who has a hard line stance on this issue. One of these days I’ll write a post about where I do draw the line, but I digress. I was surprised, however, to see that the Vatican appears to have loosened their stand on the Potter universe. Variety has reported that the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has gone ahead and given the latest Harry Potter flick a thumbs up. I didn’t see that one coming.

Colour Changing Frog Worshipped

frog234123People don’t really need much of an excuse to worship the created rather than the creator, do they?

Colour changing frog worshipped as god in India

V is Coming!

v_badlerI remember seeing the original V mini series when I was a kid. The use of alien visitors to explore the Nazi rise to power and the abuse of authority and trust was striking. There’s a television remake of V coming out this year that I’m very excited about. And after seeing the trailer, I’m even more excited. Because it looks like it will be dealing heavily with themes of faith and worship. This is must see for me. It better be good. The trailer is after the jump.

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Ethical Dilemma: 9yr Old Abortion

I’m studying Ethics at college this year. I really doubt it’s going to make thinking issues like this one any easier. Church hits out after nine-year-old’s abortion.

I believe that abortion is wrong. But when you see a situation where a nine year old victim of sexual abuse and incest is carrying twins and will very likely die from giving birth? The answers aren’t so easy.

What are the factors to take into account when thinking this issue through from a Christian perspective?

Brian Banned No More

194287life-of-brian-posters30 years ago, a Welsh town banned the movie Life Of Brian.  Now, in 2009, it’s being un-banned.

Life Of Brian is a great movie, one I hope to get around to reviewing here at Pop Culture Christ. I can see why some may object to it, but I think we can learn alot about Jesus and fundamentalism by watching it. That and it’s very funny.

Below the jump is one of my favourite scenes from the movie.

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Done Too Much, Much Too Young

alfie1Take a look at the photo. It’s the kind of photo you usually see at the birth of a baby. Family members posing with the new born child. Except that kid on the left holding the baby? That’s a dad holding his daughter. 13 year old Alfie is the father of new born girl Maisie. The girl on the right is 15yo mother Chantelle.

Something isn’t right here.

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