CultureWatch

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

Pop Music and Porn Culture

Aug 15, 2010

The number one song in the year I was born was by Patti Page. It was, “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” Ten years later the Beatles were singing, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. All pretty bland

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Who Will Win This Vital Contest?

Jul 25, 2010

Two capable and determined contestants. One monumental battle. The competition will be fierce, and the stakes will be high. But there can only be one winner. Who will it be? Sorry, but lest you think I am referring to tonight’s

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I Am Amused, Therefore I Am

Jun 23, 2010

In ancient Rome the masses were pacified with bread and circuses. Today in the West we find ourselves in the same mind-numbing and soul-destroying situation. Almost all Westerners have the basics: food, clothing and shelter. So now we spend much

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Falling Down and Mass Murder

Jun 4, 2010

Right now a lot of unanswered questions surround the latest mass killing, this time in the UK. Derrick Bird is now one of Britain’s most notorious killers, having shot dead 12 innocent people before shooting himself. Why did he do

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The Blind Side and Hollywood’s Dilemma

Mar 9, 2010

Hollywood has a big problem. It is constantly facing a major dilemma involving two well-established facts. Fact number one: The denizens of Hollywood are overwhelmingly secular leftists. They mostly are well left of centre, generally despise people of faith, and

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The Worldview of Avatar

Jan 7, 2010

In terms of amazing techniques, stunning visual imagery, and incredible special effects, Avatar is certainly a winner. While the blockbuster film may be breaking box office records, and is the most costly film ever made, there are other considerations needed

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The Bible: A Book Without Peer

Dec 20, 2009

When a politician today talks about the importance of the Bible, you can expect there to be a swift and stern reaction. Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott made such a remark recently and all the usual suspects started lining up

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2012 and the End of the World

Nov 17, 2009

If you knew the world was going to end in one week, would you do anything different? I recently posted a question quite similar to that on a social networking website. I received only two responses: one person said ‘yes’

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Leaders are Readers

Nov 9, 2009

This is an article about reading. If you don’t like reading, you will not likely enjoy this piece. Then again, if you don’t like reading, you are probably nowhere near this article in the first place! So for those of

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Turning Rapists into Heroes

Oct 1, 2009

The last few days I have been sitting around in disbelief, wondering if the world has gone mad – or at least many members of the artistic community. Leave it to our arty elites to seek to defend the indefensible.

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More Trendy Artists, More Boring Sacrilege

Jul 28, 2009

Yawn. Here we go again. More “cutting edge” artists seeking to make a statement. Another “bold” bit of social commentary. Another case of tax-payer funded anti-religious bigotry and sacrilege. Yet another attack on Christianity. Yet another compelling reason why some

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Donor Siblings: Am I My Brother’s Killer?

Jul 25, 2009

Bioethics has to do with moral reflection on biological and biotechnological developments. Such ethical thinking is certainly needed, since biotechnology is racing ahead, often impervious to moral considerations. Modern science and technology has made all sorts of things possible, even

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More Artistic License, More Christ-Bashing

Apr 8, 2009

You can always tell when it is Easter – or some other important date on the Christian calendar: along comes some self-obsessed and self-important “artist”, presenting yet another attack on Christ and Christianity. These guys really should try to think

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On Sin and Hell (and C.S. Lewis)

Mar 1, 2009

No, I am not being a masochist here in writing on topics which are too theologically incorrect to even mention nowadays. There is in fact a method to my madness, so let me explain.

My last post was a book

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Hollywood, Australia, and Historical Revisionism

Dec 13, 2008

That filmmakers take a bit of artistic license with their products is nothing new. It happens quite often. Indeed, films purporting to deal with historical events can often be radically skewed because of the filmmaker’s political and ideological stance.

Oliver

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When “Art” Covers a Multitude of Sins

Oct 6, 2008

There has been a lot of media attention and commentary on the latest outrage concerning Australian photographer Bill Henson. It turns out he scoured schoolyards to find very young children to be photographed in the nude. Since no one has

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Big Brothel Finally Bites the Dust

Jul 14, 2008

When there is so much bad news around, it is great to get some good news once in a while. And it doesn’t get much better than to learn that Big Brother will no longer be disgracing our small screens.

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