Category: Culture

Active Christian Media Review: How the Left Was Won

Unfortunately, one of the most frustrating experiences any rational person could ever have is to listen to liberals try to justify their position on any sort of political or social issue” (x). So begins Richard Mgrdechian’s book How the Left...

/ September 28, 2006

Facing the Giants

Georgia made a movie. (Forgive me if I have trouble getting over my shock and admiration. But they really did make a really good movie.) Now here is a film sensation you’ll want to get a taste of. My dad...

/ September 7, 2006

Saints Behaving Badly: A Book Review

The Christian Church is often accused of glossing over its own sins while condemning those of others, especially the Catholic Church, as it has a long history of sins to cover over. Whatever its merits, the criticism doesn’t hold against...

/ September 6, 2006

What’s the best rock and roll song of all time?

And now for something completely different. Let’s save the questions about the nature of music, it’s relationship to mathematics, how in the world it taps into the depths of the human soul so effectively and universally, how it relates to...

/ August 30, 2006

Shyamalan on my Mind: Review of “The Village”

Although Lady in the Water was roundly panned, I’ve heard M. Night Shyamalan can make excellent films. I loved Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense, so I watched The Village tonight and plan to watch Signs before the week is out....

/ August 3, 2006

The Sweet and Mystical Beauty of George MacDonald’s Phantastes

“Thus I, who set out to find my Ideal, came back rejoicing that I had lost my Shadow.” – Anodos, Phantastes How shall I compose a review of a book so penetrating and lovely? Indeed, how does one review a...

/ August 2, 2006

Titus Andronicus: How the Mighty Have Fallen

Over the weekend, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, put on a stellar performance of Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare’s less popular and more bloody tragedies.  Since the majority of Mere-O’s readers are not likely to find themselves in Oklahoma any...

/ August 1, 2006

“Lady in the Water” Reviews

I’ve come across a couple of interesting film reviews on M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water which is in theatres now. The first is by Torrey Honors Institute director John Mark Reynolds in which he argues that the film...

/ July 31, 2006

The Six Capacities for Love: The Inner Map

Have you ever noticed how much Memory has in common with Prophecy? Both are imaginative abilities to see what is not present as present. Memory sees the past as present, prophecy sees the future. The common ground seems to be...

/ July 11, 2006

The Six Capacities to Love: Preface

The best time to begin thinking about a project is long before the project begins. Foresight is one of the classical hallmarks of the man with practical wisdom, or prudence…. As one cliché puts it, “An ounce of preparation is...

/ July 11, 2006