CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Dunkirk

Aug 3, 2017

The new epic war film Dunkirk is doing quite well in the cinemas. I just went to see it, and it is well worth going to. It celebrates and commemorates one of the more amazing operations carried out during WWII.

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Lessons from Hachi

May 21, 2017

Lessons from who? OK, I never heard of Hachi either until last night when I watched a few minutes of a movie on television. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a 2009 film starring Richard Gere. It is based on a

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The Case for Christ

May 9, 2017

It was a key principle of Plato’s Socrates that one should follow the evidence wherever it leads. He also said that the ‘unexamined life is not worth living’. Thus those who claim to be seekers after truth need to carefully

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Art and the Second Commandment

Apr 11, 2017

Sadly some Christians have a very low view of art, and in good measure this is due to a faulty understanding and application of the Second Commandment. The prohibition against graven images has been wrongly interpreted and as a result

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Beauty, Art, the Believer and Eternity

Apr 10, 2017

Our God is a God of beauty. One simply has to look at the world he created to see beauty everywhere: majestic mountains, wondrous oceans, incredible sunsets, amazing flowers, thundering waterfalls, and so on. Even in a fallen world we

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Disney’s Rainbow Activism

Mar 21, 2017

About the only thing worse than rabid anti-Christian bigotry is all the clueless Christians who do not know or care about it. There are so many believers who have their heads in the sand – they are totally oblivious to

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Keeping Up With the Godhead

Dec 5, 2016

If media coverage is anything to go by, most people in the West know a whole lot more about the Kardashian clan than they do about the divine family: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We would expect this to be

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Spiritual One Hit Wonders

Oct 22, 2016

One can find spiritual parallels with most things in life, so let me try one here, utilising pop music. There are many musical artists who have stood the test of time, while others have burst on the scene, only to

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On Books, Reading and Libraries

Sep 7, 2016

Anyone who knows me realises that any excuse will do for buying books, reading books, and writing about books. So a few recent articles about books were enough of an excuse for me to put pen to paper – or

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Rio: Gold, Glory and God

Aug 22, 2016

The Summer Olympics at Rio are now history (although the closing ceremony is still taking place as I write). There was plenty of gold on offer, and plenty of glory, but what I want to emphasise here is the fact

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How To Destroy a Culture and Our Children

Aug 17, 2016

If a race of hostile aliens from another planet wanted to know how to destroy the West from within, they could scarcely improve upon what we are already doing to ourselves. By dumbing down an entire generation, teaching them to

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More AFL PC Madness

Aug 12, 2016

It is getting to the place where I almost need to do regular columns on the Australian Football League. It seems that on a weekly basis it is becoming more and more of a political activist body, pushing every lousy

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Phelps and the Gold Standard

Aug 11, 2016

The Rio summer Olympics are not even halfway over yet, but already some major records have been broken. One that stands shoulders above all the rest is the ongoing performance of swimmer Michael Phelps. The American athlete had already taken

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Rio, Christ and the Olympics

Aug 6, 2016

Millions of people have just watched the opening ceremony of the 31st Olympiad, the summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro. Now they will settle down for over two weeks of sport, competition and athleticism. And it will be quite a

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The Radical GayFL Strikes Again

Aug 1, 2016

Admittedly a more catchy title would have been something like ‘The GayFL and GayGE Doing Their Thing’. The Melbourne Age is the state’s most left-wing and pro-homosexual newspaper, but surprisingly I could not seem to find covered there a very

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