Feb 20

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Tim Keller ????
I typically don’t read recently published books, but many people recommended this book, and so I felt it deserved a quick read. It is an argument for belief in God, written by a pastor, and thus has a very pastoral feel to it, rather than a seasoned and sealed argument that one might find from the pen of a philosopher, such as Francis Schaeffer. Keller is the Pastor of Resurrection Presbyterian Church in NYC, and much of the book entails conversations and questions asked by members of his congregation. Keller quotes CS Lewis in every chapter, and his argument has a strong flavor of CS Lewis. The book is divided into two parts, the first being an argument for the existence of God against the common accusations, such as, science has disproved God, the Bible could not possibly be accurate, aren’t all relgions correct and lead to God, how could Christianity be true and yet the Christian church so evil, how could God and evil both exist, etc., etc. The second part is more an appeal to the reasonableness of faith, including reasons why Christianity offers the best answers to the dilemmas of man, such as sin, evil, value, morality, and meaning in life. The books’ strongest chapter is the last and is not even titled a chapter, but Epilogue-Where do We Go from Here, where Keller argues for a move of each individual, Christian and skeptic alike, to the call of the Cross and resurrection  of Christ.

 

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Feb 20


The Ten Commandments, directed by Cecil DeMille ? ?
I’ve never seen this movie before, even though I’ve heard much about it, so decided that it was time. In 3.5 hours with a star studded cast, DeMille proceeds to portray the story of the Biblical Exodus. Unfortunately, he takes effort at the start of the movie to argue for the strict historicity of the movie, yet, the storyline has Hollywood written all over it, including the love affair of Moses for Nephriti and the delay in relevation to the Egyptians that Moses was actually Hebrew. The impressive visual scenes in an age before computer animation are quite notable. The rest of the movie fails. It is a movie worth watching once, but certainly not worth owning.
 

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Feb 20


Ivan Rebroff Live in Concert ? ? ?
A rather pathetic film done on a concert given by Ivan Rebroff in Syndney, Australia in 1984. Rebroff certainly had one of the most remarkable voices of the 20th century, with a range from deep bass to high tenor, and a fluency with both multiple languages and acting that was rather remarkable. This film does not do Rebroff a service, being a rather odd performance and not the best recording. Useful only for Rebroff fans.
 

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