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First Impressions #102: Birgit Meyer on Ghana’s Hollywood

First Impressions #102: Birgit Meyer on Ghana’s Hollywood

David M. Krueger March 17, 2017 0

Christianity has greatly shaped popular filmmaking in Ghana. Kristian Petersen talks with Birgit Meyer, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Utrecht, about her new book Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity in

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Bad Blood in Gilded Age America

Bad Blood in Gilded Age America

MRB March 17, 2017 0

Margaret Deli on Charles Molesworth’s The Capitalist and the Critic On Tuesday, February 28, Thomas P. Campbell resigned under pressure as director and chief executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The announcement came

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Discoveries in the Ethiopian Desert

Discoveries in the Ethiopian Desert

MRB March 17, 2017 0

Exploring the Ancient Gospels of Ethiopia It’s not every day that scholars discover new Bible manuscripts from the ancient world. It’s even rarer to discover ones endowed with luxurious painted images. Yet this is

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Job on the Big Screen

Job on the Big Screen

MRB March 17, 2017 0

How The Shack rewrote Scripture Stuart Hazeldine’s The Shack is a striking example of the mainstreaming of evangelical Christian popular culture. Out on March 3, 2017 and starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, the

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In <i>Moonlight</i>

In Moonlight

MRB March 3, 2017 0

Taylor Barfield on Tarell Alvin McCraney and Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight In his first interview after winning the Oscar for best picture, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins gave credit to the man whose script inspired the

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Capitalism as Religion: How Money Became God

Capitalism as Religion: How Money Became God

MRB March 2, 2017 0

Regina Munch on Chris Lehmann’s The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream “Where’s the management section?” a man asked the nearest bookseller. My hometown Barnes and Noble’s business and

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Why Sin is Good – By Ed Simon

Why Sin is Good – By Ed Simon

MRB March 2, 2017 1

Ed Simon on original sin for a secular age. Save a few prayers for poor Pelagius, footnote to theological history, whose name mostly endures as an adjective of denigration among the orthodox. Save a

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Bible as Scripture, Bible as Artifact

Bible as Scripture, Bible as Artifact

MRB March 2, 2017 0

Hindy Najman on Benjamin Sommer’s Revelation and Authority From the very inception of the discipline of biblical studies, the place of Judaism and Jewish scholars has been unclear. Some scholars, such as Israel Knohl,

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The Spirit of Yoruba Liberalism

The Spirit of Yoruba Liberalism

MRB February 16, 2017 0

Ebenezer Obadare on J.D.Y. Peel’s Christianity, Islam, and Orisa Religion For three days in June last year, some students of Baptist High School, Adeeke, in Iwo, Nigeria, presented themselves at school in all manner

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On Books and Earthquakes – By Carla Baricz

On Books and Earthquakes – By Carla Baricz

Carla Baricz February 16, 2017 1

The Long Read – Carla Baricz reflects on an Eastern European family affair with books A few days before New Year’s, I was awakened from deep sleep by the slow, shuddering groan of the

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