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Learning in Coronatide: C. S. Lewis on Going Back to School

“Is It Not like Fiddling while Rome Burns?”

The Quiet Dances and Grace in Jojo Rabbit

Loud and rambunctious: a couple words that might describe the trailer for Taika Waititi’s satirical new film Jojo Rabbit. We might also add to those: crass, audacious, daring. After the release of Joker a couple weeks prior, the world needed a film that would be a little more light-hearted and encouraging. This is where I […]

Inherited Sin and Family Secrets: A Review of Nora Krug’s Belonging

My husband, overwhelmed by the news cycle a few years ago, re-subscribed to We call it “social media for dead people.” He will tell anyone who asks how interesting this has been for him. He will also tell you that if you are interested in researching your own family histories, you should beware that […]

Preaching Politically in Turbulent Times

Was Rudolf Bultmann a Nazi sympathizer? Short answer—no. And yet…the accusation is commonplace within some sectors of scholarship. In his recent Gifford lectures, the New Testament scholar N.T. Wright said as much, accusing Bultmann of Lutheran “quietism” in the face of the Third Reich because he was a “friend and philosophical disciple” of the infamous Nazi, […]

Fury at the Cross(roads): The Gospel in the Violence of History

Another great contribution from Michael W. Nicholson, this reflection on the film Fury’s religious dimension first appeared on his blog, Tides of God. The most religious film many moviegoers will see this year will not be an inspirational story from a faith-based production company; it will be writer-director David Ayer’s WWII tank combat epic Fury. And in […]

The Danger of Discipline: Bridge on the River Kwai

After a post on Inglorious Bastards, I thought I’d continue the thread of movies that use WWII as a backdrop to explore some of life’s tougher questions. And since MB contributor Aaron M.G. Zimmerman had my copy of Bridge on the River Kwai for about a month and never got around to watching it, I […]

Another One From James Gould Cozzens

This one comes from his Pulitzer-winning 1948 WWII novel “Guard of Honor.” This time with a Romans 8:20 vibe:

“Conceited men proudly called their shots and proceeded to miss them, without even the comfort of realizing that few attended long enough to notice, and fewer cared… courageous patience overdid it and missed the boat; good Samaritans, stopping, found it was a trap and lost their shirts, too — everyday incidents in the manifold pouring-past of the Gaderene swine, possessed at someone’s whim, but demonstrably innocent — for what was a guilty pig, or a wicked one? —  “

Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied France

I’m going to come out in my first Mockingbird post ever and just say it: Inglourious Basterds was the best movie of 2009 (Yes, better than Hurt Locker). Say what you will about Tarantino’s violent films, but Basterds is about as masterful of a film as any made in the past decade because it posits […]

All My Sons: The Law in Three Acts

This weekend, at the recommendation of fellow Mockingbirder David Gaston, I went to see a community theater production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. Afterward, the reaction of a woman sitting behind me said it all: “I think I’ll go stub my toe now, so I’ll feel better” Arthur Miller’s play is all about sin, […]

The Inner Totalitarian

In case you missed it in Tuesday’s NYTimes, a few takeaways from David Brooks’ insightful editorial on Obama’s Christian Realism. The cultural shift he describes is particularly interesting. Speaking about the WWII generation he writes: “[You, and others of your era] you would have had a lingering awareness of the sinfulness within yourself. As the […]

The Making of an American Solider

How an American soldier is made Being unemployed for a while, I’ve found a lot of time to kick around on the Internet. One of the blogs I read, (a liberal arts blog) posted a link to a pictorial essay by the Denver Post that follows the life of a young man from High […]