Captain Fantastic: The Anti-Christian Christian Movie

By Paul Asay on July 8,2016

Captain Fantastic, a little indie film out today, is a moving family parable about hippie dad Ben (Viggo Mortensen) and his eclectic family of six, leaving their near-isolation in the Pacific Northwest to attend a funeral. Did I say “attend?”…

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3 Ways Christianity Sneaks Into Beauty and the Beast (Despite that 'Gay Moment')

By Paul Asay on March 16,2017

I’m pretty sure that Bill Condon wishes he had just kept his mouth shut. Condon, director of Disney’s soon-to-be-blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, told the British magazine Attitude that one of the characters, LeFou, has a “nice, exclusively gay moment”…

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Can a Christian Movie Win an Oscar?

By Paul Asay on October 7,2016

The Birth of a Nation hits theaters today, but it’s been in the news for nearly a year. It made a show-stopping entrance at the Sundance Film Festival this January, earning raucous standing ovations and a titanic $17.5 million deal…

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Captain Fantastic: The Anti-Christian Christian Movie

By Paul Asay on July 8,2016

Captain Fantastic, a little indie film out today, is a moving family parable about hippie dad Ben (Viggo Mortensen) and his eclectic family of six, leaving their near-isolation in the Pacific Northwest to attend a funeral. Did I say “attend?”…

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Sausage Party and the God-Hating Hedonism of Animated Food

By Paul Asay on August 12,2016

I’ve been accused of holding to an outdated, untenable belief system before, but rarely by an animated sausage. That was before Sausage Party, Seth Rogen’s slightly clever, outrageously foul and super offensive animated sex comedy. Sure, I was expecting it…

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3 Ways Christianity Sneaks Into Beauty and the Beast (Despite that 'Gay Moment')

By Paul Asay on March 16,2017

I’m pretty sure that Bill Condon wishes he had just kept his mouth shut. Condon, director of Disney’s soon-to-be-blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, told the British magazine Attitude that one of the characters, LeFou, has a “nice, exclusively gay moment”…

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Can a Christian Movie Win an Oscar?

By Paul Asay on October 7,2016

The Birth of a Nation hits theaters today, but it’s been in the news for nearly a year. It made a show-stopping entrance at the Sundance Film Festival this January, earning raucous standing ovations and a titanic $17.5 million deal…

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Talking adoption, foster care and faith with the author of Bridge to Terabithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins

By Paul Asay on December 8,2016

The following is a guest post from Jedd Medefind, president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, who recently talked with one of my favorite authors, Katherine Paterson, about some issues pretty close to my own heart. I love what she…

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The Best Scene in Manchester By the Sea is Funny, Painful and Spiritual

By Paul Asay on December 12,2016

Grief challenges us in a way nothing else can. When we love and lose someone, it’s as if someone flicked off the lights. We can’t move. We can barely breathe. You’d think that faith would be a hard sell in…

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How Logical Spock Gives Us a Surprising Example of Spirituality

By Paul Asay on September 7,2016

The starship Enterprise may reportedly have plied the galaxy in the 23rd century, but it officially left the dock 50 years ago as a featured (albeit non-sentient) character on NBC’s Star Trek. Star Trek’s first episode was aired Sept. 8,…

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What Six Members of Suicide Squad Have to Say About Faith

By Paul Asay on August 24,2016

Say what you want about the fledgling cinematic universe of DC, it beats the spandex pants off Marvel in its willingness to tackle the subject of faith. We saw it with Man of Steel and its explicit comparisons of Superman…

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CNN Finds a Pretty Good Show in Finding Jesus

By Paul Asay on March 3,2017

If you took each hour-long episode of CNN’s Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact Forgery and distilled it to its essence, you’d be left with about a 90-second show. Take Sunday’s season premiere (airing at 9 p.m. EST and PST), “The Pilate…

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