CultureWatch

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

Our Sleaze-Soaked Society

Nov 12, 2011

All over the Western world sexual crimes are sky-rocketing, and all over the Western world we live in a sex-soaked society. Is there a connection? Anyone but a libertarian ideologue would of course know there is. You simply cannot pump

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Courageous

Nov 2, 2011

There are very few solidly pro-faith and pro-family films out today. There are not many professionally-made Christian movies around. Courageous however is all this and more. Above all, its message is the overwhelming importance of fathers and fatherhood.

And such

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More Celebrity Wisdom

Sep 7, 2011

I expect that some might argue that what I said in my title is a glaring example of what is known as an oxymoron. To that I can only plead guilty as charged. That our over-paid and over-egoed celebs can

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Wrong Again Miley

Aug 2, 2011

There must be some sort of law in operation which posits that the higher you climb in the celebrity ranks, the lower you sink in mental ability and moral clarity. We have all sorts of Hollywood celebs, pop stars, and

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Art and the Christian

Jul 28, 2011

OK, a few qualifications here. I am not an artist. But I do know a bit about Christianity, so I may yet be permitted to speak on this topic. And I am not going to offer here anything deep or

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Winehouse and Westbrook: A Tale of Two Celebs

Jul 25, 2011

As everyone now knows, troubled singer Amy Winehouse passed away on Saturday. She was as famous for her drug and alcohol-plagued life as her musical career. The English singer-songwriter had a short but controversial run with fame as a musician.

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Bob and Malcolm and John and Julia

May 31, 2011

OK, consider a brief exercise in a bit of cynicism here. But sometimes public figures really become irritating, so please indulge me as I let off a little steam for a few moments. (For those whose sensibilities cannot handle a

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Shock Art and Anti-Christian Bigotry, Again

Apr 20, 2011

Some people thrive on being controversial. Indeed, for many, it is the only way they can make a living. The more controversial, shocking and outrageous they are, the more attention they get, and often, the more money they can make.

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Jesus the Pro-Abortionist

Apr 19, 2011

Over the years I have heard it all about Jesus. We have been told that Jesus is a socialist. Jesus is a greenie. Jesus is a pacifist. Jesus is a feminist. Jesus is an anti-nukes campaigner. Jesus would bless same-sex

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Hollywood’s War Against Children

Mar 6, 2011

The makers and promoters of popular culture have a lot to answer for. Hollywood in particular and the entertainment industry in general are keen to get all the disposable income which young people have in abundance, and they don’t really

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Miley Cyrus: Advice for Your Dad

Feb 21, 2011

Billy Ray Cyrus is famous for at least two reasons: his hit song Achy Breaky Heart, and his handful of a daughter, Miley Cyrus (sometimes known as TV persona, Hannah Montana). Unfortunately many people would argue that both were

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Good News for Book Lovers

Feb 18, 2011

It may not seem like a great time to be talking about good news in the book world. After all, news headlines report that 2,500 Australian jobs may go as the owner of Borders and Angus & Robertson has gone

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Notable Christians: G. K. Chesterton

Jan 24, 2011

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) is one of my favourite writers, and his 1908 volume Orthodoxy is one of my favourite books. He was an English writer, apologist, poet, essayist, and journalist. He was extremely prolific, having penned some 80 books,

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Watering Down the Christian Message

Dec 18, 2010

There are always attempts being made to water down the Christian story, and that is certainly true at Christmas time. What is meant to be the celebration of the birth of the Saviour of the world is reduced to a

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More Rock Star Duplicity

Nov 30, 2010

I have written before about our celebrity shams who preach one thing but do another. There are plenty of examples of the Hollywood set, the rock culture crowd, media elites, airhead celebrities, and TV personalities who preach their leftwing gospel,

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Mutilating Our Children

Nov 14, 2010

(Caution: adult-only content)

With moral decline reaching epidemic proportions, it is hard to find much of anything nowadays to actually shock us, move us, or spur us out of our lethargy. If the following item does not do

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Modern Culture and Deadly Entertainment

Oct 31, 2010

When Neil Postman wrote his 1985 book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, he may not have known just how literal his warnings would prove to be. For those unfamiliar with this landmark book, it was about how the electronic media,

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