Media Articles from Christian Century http://www.christiancentury.org/section/20910/feed en Marriage on the edge http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/marriage-edge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Gillian Flynn has been accused of hating women. I disagree: Flynn pushes the truth of what can happen to women in a world that diminishes them.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/marriage-edge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/marriage-edge#comments Ben Affleck Gillian Flynn Gone Girl misogyny Rosamund Pike Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Beth Felker Jones 28725 at http://www.christiancentury.org Crimes on the home front http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/crimes-home-front <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Christopher Foyle has a deep sense of right and wrong. <i>Foyle's War</i> offers both moral clarity and moral complexity.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/crimes-home-front" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/crimes-home-front#comments british television detective series firebombing of Dresden Michael Kitchen World War II Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Byassee 28582 at http://www.christiancentury.org Best pictures http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-09/best-pictures <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>On the second anniversary of our media column, we asked several of our writers to reflect on their favorite theological films.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-09/best-pictures#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Diane Tinsley 28471 at http://www.christiancentury.org Beth Felker Jones's theological film favorites http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/beth-felker-joness-theological-film-favorites <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>I’ve never seen a film that translates grace to the screen like&nbsp;<em>Babette’s Feast</em>. As one of the rare films that focuses on the lined and battered faces of real people <em>Babette’s Feast</em> challenges viewers to love real life. The film embraces God’s love for the embodied, the ordinary and the value of the extraordinary, and a love that wastes nothing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/beth-felker-joness-theological-film-favorites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/beth-felker-joness-theological-film-favorites#comments Babette's Feast christianity in film european film grace Little Miss Sunshine The Mission Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Beth Felker Jones 28513 at http://www.christiancentury.org The Giver’s temptations http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-09/giver-s-temptations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>If ever a movie with a teenage protagonist was tailor-made for sermon illustrations, it is this one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-09/giver-s-temptations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-09/giver-s-temptations#comments Brenton Thwaites dystopia lois lowry meryl streep sermon illustrations teenagers Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Beth Felker Jones 28277 at http://www.christiancentury.org Experiments in time http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/experiments-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Every story is a story about time. <i>Boyhood</i>'s power is not the perimeters of its story as much as the immersion into it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/experiments-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/experiments-time#comments Ellar Coltrane mad men middle class Richard Linklater Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Kathryn Reklis 28147 at http://www.christiancentury.org An Irish cross http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-09/irish-cross <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">The&nbsp;Irish film&nbsp;<i>Calvary</i>, directed by John Michael McDonagh, is one of the most satisfying portrayals of Christianity and Christian ministry I’ve seen in a long time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-09/irish-cross" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-09/irish-cross#comments calvary John Michael McDonagh Fri, 05 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +0000 David Heim 28183 at http://www.christiancentury.org Priest under threat http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/priest-under-threat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p><i>Calvary</i> is a masterpiece of religious filmmaking. Its greatest achievement is to convey the impact of a community's near-collapse of faith.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/priest-under-threat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-08/priest-under-threat#comments Brendan Gleeson Catholic Church ireland sex abuse scandals Thu, 04 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Philip Jenkins 28149 at http://www.christiancentury.org The same deep down http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-08/same-deep-down <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>This summer, the most common theme being played out at the movies is this: No matter who you are, you are the same as everyone else.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-08/same-deep-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-08/same-deep-down#comments Andy Serkis Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Gary Oldman human nature Scarlett Johansson Trail of Tears Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Byassee 28001 at http://www.christiancentury.org Those left behind http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-07/those-left-behind <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>The focused uncertainty of <i>The Leftovers</i> is a parable for our own more diffuse reality. This could make it a deeply theological show.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-07/those-left-behind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-07/those-left-behind#comments Christopher Eccleston Damon Lindelof Lost rapture The Leftovers Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Kathryn Reklis 27874 at http://www.christiancentury.org TV with friends http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/tv-friends <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>I have always watched TV in community. In many ways these communities of shared stories have shaped the stories I tell about my life.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/tv-friends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/tv-friends#comments friends Game of Thrones television The Cosby Show The West Wing Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Beth Felker Jones 27757 at http://www.christiancentury.org You won't believe how alienated this will make you feel http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-07/you-wont-believe-how-alienated-will-make-you-feel <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>In her&nbsp;<a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-06/clickbait-kitsch">media column</a>&nbsp;for the&nbsp;<i>Century</i>&nbsp;last month, Kathryn Reklis, a theology professor at Fordham University, wrote about the many times a day that social media asks her to watch a video and feel something. “You too will cry after watching this . . . 90 percent of people cry,” the Facebook post tells her. She argues that, while kitschy, these videos contain the power of shared feeling, and shared feeling is a step toward empathy and a further step toward compassion—and so, in essence, a social good. I am not sure I agree.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-07/you-wont-believe-how-alienated-will-make-you-feel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-07/you-wont-believe-how-alienated-will-make-you-feel#comments alienation clickbait manipulation social media Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Amy Frykholm 27691 at http://www.christiancentury.org When the Westerners leave http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/when-westerners-leave <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>After centuries of Westerners going to Africa to teach, documentary filmmaker James Ault goes to learn.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/when-westerners-leave" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/when-westerners-leave#comments African Christianity African Christianity Rising african churches Ghana hollywood James Ault Zimbabwe Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Byassee 27628 at http://www.christiancentury.org Clickbait kitsch http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-06/clickbait-kitsch <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Several times a day, my Facebook feed invites me to cry, laugh, or feel amazed. I click almost every time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-06/clickbait-kitsch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-06/clickbait-kitsch#comments Facebook sentimentality social media Upworthy Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Kathryn Reklis 27501 at http://www.christiancentury.org "You are as alive as anybody else" http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-06/you-are-alive-anybody-else <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p class="p1">If you’ve heard of <i>The Fault in Our Stars</i>, the recently released movie based on John Green’s bestselling book, you’ve probably heard that it’s about teenagers with cancer. And while this is true—the main characters, Gus and Hazel, meet in a teenage cancer support group—one of the movie’s greatest triumphs is not letting the characters be defined by their cancer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-06/you-are-alive-anybody-else" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2014-06/you-are-alive-anybody-else#comments cancer illness John Green the fault in our stars Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Janet Potter 27432 at http://www.christiancentury.org Lights, camera, teach http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-06/lights-camera-teach <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>In adapting my course for video, I had to learn to bridge the distance between me and students I couldn't imagine, let alone see.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-06/lights-camera-teach" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-06/lights-camera-teach#comments distance education online education online learning video courses Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Beth Felker Jones 27368 at http://www.christiancentury.org Never off the clock http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/never-clock <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>The lead character of <i>Wallander</i> is a cop relentlessly pursuing justice. He knows he should leave work at the office, but he can't.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/never-clock" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2014-05/never-clock#comments G. K. Chesterton Henning Mankell Kenneth Branagh murder mysteries mystery novels P. D. James Wallander Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Byassee 27232 at http://www.christiancentury.org Right-sized stories http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-05/right-sized-stories <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Poems, novels, and short stories have all influenced Christian ways of telling our sacred stories. What about a miniseries?</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-05/right-sized-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-05/right-sized-stories#comments A Young Doctor’s Notebook daniel radcliffe Elizabeth Moss Jane Campion Jon Hamm miniseries the bible miniseries Top of the Lake Wed, 21 May 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Kathryn Reklis 27107 at http://www.christiancentury.org Undaunted http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/undaunted <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p><i>Divergent</i> puts age-old questions of belonging in a new setting: a postapocalyptic society with the motto “factions before blood.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/undaunted" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/undaunted#comments adolescence Divergent factionalism Veronica Roth Tue, 29 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Beth Felker Jones 26979 at http://www.christiancentury.org Papal indulgence http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/papal-indulgence <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p><i>The Borgias</i> series has a human, believable Pope Alexander VI. But it misses opportunities to make more of holiness as well as of sin.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/papal-indulgence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/papal-indulgence#comments Alexander VI neil jordan pope Showtime The Borgias Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Byassee 26838 at http://www.christiancentury.org