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Keep Calm and Call the Midwife

“But does the church preach that salty message? Not as I hear it, it doesn’t. It preaches nutra-sweet religion of test-passing, which is the only thing the world is ready to buy and which isn’t even real sugar let alone salt. In spite of all our fakery, though, Jesus’ program remains firm. He saves losers […]

The Unexpected Benefits of Growing Up With a Nazi Name

A fascinating review of the BBC documentary series Hitler’s Children appeared in The Atlantic recently. The film catches up with various descendents of major Nazi figures, such as Herman Goering and Heinrich Himmler, and explores how they’ve dealt with their family names and legacies. These are people for whom “the inheritance of sin” is not […]

BBC’s Being Human on Human Being

Our loving insight into the world of British pop-fantasy television continues, brought to you by our new contributor, Lynn MacDougall. Begin this video at :36. Where do I belong? Where do I fit? Who are my people? Where do my loyalties lie? We all choose our tribe – it’s that need to belong, to live […]

Doctor Who, Vincent van Gogh, and the Limits of Future Hope

With the recent wave of BBC programs appearing on PBS (Downton Abbey, The Hour, Mr. Bean) it’s somewhat surprising that the 49 year old mainstay Doctor Who hasn’t enjoyed the same popularity. With time travel, aliens, and revisiting historical events, what’s not to like? Either way, this is a major oversight. But I digress… a […]

Escapism? Life as Real as British Fantasy Television

This piece comes from Lynn MacDougall, who reflects on last month’s Fall Mockingbird Conference, the suffering human pull between good-and-evil and, of course, the illustrious genre of fantasy television. “In each of us, two natures are at war – the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one […]

Falling Paintings, Infallible Instincts, and Atoning Sacrifices in The Forsyte Saga

As we’re finding out, sometimes late in the game, fiction can shed light on the Gospel in fresh ways, sometimes ways so fresh they almost seem more persuasive than straight theology. An example of this is the denouement of John Galsworthy’s famous series of novels that is entitled The Forsyte Saga, the last section of […]

The Modern Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes and the Limits of Rationality

Perhaps I’ve just been ignorant of British television, but it seems that the BBC is enjoying the same golden age as so many US channels right now. Downton Abbey has already received a great deal of much-deserved praise from pretty much everyone, but I want to draw attention to BBC’s Sherlock. If you haven’t seen […]

Now You’re Special To Me: Downton Abbey and the Adoption of Daisy

Many of us struggled with the recently completed second season of costumed PBS/BBC megahit Downton Abbey. And for good reason. It zigzagged relentlessly, introducing subplot after ridiculous subplot, the bandaged Canadian stranger being the lowest blow, an understandable point of no return for some. Perhaps the culprit was the editing for US audiences, who knows, […]

Ideas or the Human Heart?

From a BBC news flash yesterday: Pope Benedict has rejected the idea of collective Jewish guilt for Jesus Christ’s death, in a new book to be published next week. Tackling an issue that has led to centuries of persecution, the Pope argues there is no basis in scripture for the Jewish people to be blamed. […]

The Geschichte of Robin Hood: Story and History

Another installment from our good friend in Berlin, Jonathan Mumme, of “Take a Theologian to Work Day” fame, that is inspired, in good Mockingbird fashion, by the release of the (seemingly) bi-annual remake of Robin Hood. Enjoy! With some British foresight Matthew Parris host of BBC Radio 4’s “Great Lives” invited Clive Strafford Smith to […]

The Vatican Forgives John Lennon…Finally

Good news Beatles fans! It’s the moment you have all been waiting for. Yesterday the Vatican announced that John Lennon was forgiven for his comment in 1966 that The Beatles were more famous than Jesus. It seems the artist’s death 28 years ago and 42 years of reflection have granted the Vatican the perspective to […]

The Worst of the Internet

“Their friends weighed in on every hookup and breakup. Now, as the MySpace generation begins to marry, everybody’s invited to help plan the wedding.”

As if the solution to weddings and planning were more advice! Read the full article of the internet and wedding planning here.