Anders Behring Breivik, the radical responsible for the recent murders in Norway, will be tried for his crimes. His lawyer is constructing an insanity defense, but is Breivik insane? In this edition of Vantage Point, Gary compares Breivik’s actions and the atrocities of the French Revolution, showing that left wing revolutionaries are very similar.
Captain America is both science fiction comic-book superhero and real world symbol of hope and American patriotism during World War II. Using nostalgic film storytelling, this latest flick in the Marvel universe should endear young and old to good old fashioned all-American heroics. Cap’s story feels like a period piece with modern conveniences and social norms but is it a worthy and fitting adaptation of the Star-Spangled Avenger? Or has Hollywood wasted yet another classic super human protagonist? Find out right now on Movieology!
Fiction was ambling along on his way to the movies, when Well-meaning Christian stepped out of the woods with a Condemnation Machine. Fiction was very afraid, but thankfully had a copy of the Bible in his back pocket. After reading some parables and poetic images in his defense, he felt safe from harm, until Well-meaning Christian pulled out a subtlety adapter +1 and attached it to his condemnation machine. Well-meaning Christian pointed the newly accessorized weapon at Fiction’s cousin, Fantasy. Well-meaning Christian would take no excuses from Fiction. He wanted Fantasy to speak for himself. When we left, Fantasy was poised to give a reason for his existence, but then the narrator abruptly concluded the episode, leaving Fantasy in a pitiable whirlpool of anxiety… Until now!
In the wake of Harold Camping’s rapture predictions, a local television station had Gary DeMar and several other local Christian leaders on to talk about this important issue. In this edition of Vantage Point you can watch Gary’s interview on the show. In future episodes we’ll share the panel discussion portion of the program.
Is the fantasy genre really all that fantastic? Is it the worthy product of the imagination or the rotten fruit of vain speculation? Religious viewers of fictional stories often debate whether fantasy stories are safe entertainment or dangerous, subtle subversion of their essential values. Is there a place for magical, fantastical stories from other worlds necessitating deviations on real-world principles? Michael Minkoff exposes fact from fiction in today’s Movieology!
Winnie the Pooh returns to theaters for another children’s storybook adventure. Based on classic children’s fiction, it is a rare to see the longevity of the archetype characters. On the other hand, it comes at no surprise as it’s a bear-loving money making machine for Walt Disney Pictures. So is this movie a honeypot filled with golden sweetness? Or is it an empty container that no longer has a purpose? Find out right now on Movieology!
Many Americans are unaware of the Christian history of the Mount Rushmore carvings. At its inception, the massive monument was to include an explicitly Christian inscription to ensure future generations would understand the reason for its existence. Watch this episode of Vantage Point to find out more of this fascinating history!
It all ends in this film. Harry Potter will defeat the one we don’t speak of, or fail the magic and muggle worlds completely to their ruin. So does ‘The Deathly Hallows Part 2’ go out on a high note and give us something more than wizardry propaganda? As worldview enthusiasts, how do we identify the differences in worldview constructs seen throughout the ‘Harry Potter’ mythos? Joseph explores the overarching abstracts of J.K. Rowling’s magical kingdom in this episode of Movieology!
What? A romantic comedy starring acting veterans Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts? Is it even possible for ‘Larry Crowne’ to be anything less than spectacular!? Of course, It’s not a given that any film will be great solely because of the actors, and this is unfortunately the case with ‘Larry Crowne’. Stewart takes a good look at the protagonists’ sense (or lack) of morality and whether or not Larry truly is a paragon of virtue in this episode of Movieology!
New York’s recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage marks a big triumph for the homosexual community. The decision passed, partly due to two Republican senators who had previously been undecided voting yes and partly due to stronger religious exemptions than previous versions of the law. Gary talks about the pitfalls of this “two-kingdom” mindset, in this edition of Vantage Point.
The verdict in the Casey Anthony trial caused quite a stir, many people criticizing the jury’s decision. Casey Anthony was on trial for murder and if convicted, would have received the death penalty. Did the jurors make the right decision? Watch this edition of Vantage Point for a biblical look at this issue.
Autobots roll in for yet another box office smash hit. Audiences are thrilled with yet another bazaar of tantalizing thrills that exploit most everything known to man. The exploits—whether they be heart-pounding action violence or Victoria’s Secret-like sexuality—seem to have a spell-binding effect. Regardless of whether or not this attack on the senses works for mass audience appeal, is Michael Bay’s film anything more than hype over visual bombardment? Find out right now on Movieology!
We get a mixed message from many pastors, John MacArthur is a prominent example, in the area of politics. In his book Why Government Can’t Save You, MacArthur seems to say on one page that it’s okay to get involved politically but then on other pages he seems to say we shouldn’t waste our time. Should Christians be politically active? Find out right now, on this edition of Vantage Point.
Abortion could be the tool that brings Christians back into the majority. Several more years of liberals limiting their progeny and the “right” people aborting at the rate they are now and we will outnumber them. It seems logical but *should* Christians support abortion? Find out right now, on this edition of Vantage Point.
Wealthy people get a bum rap. In spite of the higher taxes they already pay, most people are in favor of punishing them for their wealth by taxing them even more. The truth is that wealthy people have made possible many of our modern technological advances as well as creating most people’s jobs. Watch this edition of Vantage Point for a biblical view of wealth and economy.
Pixar’s latest ‘Cars 2’ has critics in a tail spin and speeding away from theater showings. What’s so different from this film and the popular prequel of 2006? On this episode, we have Ben Hodges as a guest reviewer to go in-depth into the first ‘Cars’ film to give us some insights into what might be influencing public opinion of the sequel. Have you seen the earmarks of socialism, and even Marxism in the original ‘Cars’? Ben uncovers these and more on today’s Movieology!
Superhero movies are making another sweep through box offices. The latest installment, new to the big screen, is the ever courageous ‘Green Lantern’. With its epic scale sci-fi universe explored with special abilities forged by sheer will, this film is loaded with worldview implications. But is ‘Green Lantern’ a film that can provide universal appeal and please the nerds who wear the symbol and quote the oath from memory? Find out right now, on Movieology.
Worldview permeates everything, even children’s literature. In this episode of Vantage Point, Gary examines several children’s books and the worldviews they contain. Christian parents and grandparents should be aware of the worldview implications and take advantage of every opportunity for exercising worldview discernment.