Review by Penny Mulvey
FILM | BEN-HUR | M
It is a brave director who takes on the might of a movie so iconic for its size and excesses that it is part of our lexicon.
The 1959 version of Ben-Hur won ...
Review by Garth Jones
BOOK | CONFRONTING RELIGIOUS DENIAL OF SCIENCE: CHRISTIAN HUMANISM AND THE MORAL IMAGINATION | CATHERINE M. WALLACE
In last June’s Crosslight, I reviewed Prof David Tacey’s Beyond Literal Belief: Religion As Metaphor. Tacey’s book characterised the Bible ...
Book | People, Places and Planes: Presidential Field Notes and Reflections | Andrew Dutney
Review by DAVID SOUTHWELL
The alliterative title promises a blur of meetings, travel and activity, which is what you largely get in this collection of Andrew Dutney’s on-the-go articles, speeches, ...
Film | Ghostbusters | PG
Review by GARTH JONES
If you’re not a reader of online social media, you may be happily unaware of a toxic strain of male ‘geek’ known as a Men’s Rights Activist (MRA). MRAs see themselves as ...
Book | The Art of Interfaith Spiritual Care: Integration of Spirituality in Health Care Regardless of Religion or Beliefs | Walter Blair Stratford
Review by TONI EREBOR
The pattern for this book is shaped on recognition that, while religious expressions differ markedly in ...
Movie | Goldstone | M
Review by PENNY MULVEY
There is something remarkably familiar about Ivan Sen’s latest cinematic masterpiece, Goldstone, and yet disturbingly strange.
Australian outback movies have been entertaining and horrifying audiences for many decades, but Sen brings a fresh ...
Book | Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer | Dr Rowan Williams
Review by CRAIG THOMPSON
Rowan Williams’ Being Christian is a great introduction to the basics, and the not-so-basics, of Christian faith.
Fundamental to Williams’ account of the Christian life is our being given a ...
Book | Quarterly Essay- Firing Line, Australia’s Path To War | James Brown
Review by GARTH JONES
‘Si vis pacem, para bellum.’ (‘If you want peace, prepare for war’).
As a pacifist, I came to former Australian Army Officer James Brown’s ...
Film | God Willing (Subtitled) | (PG)
By PENNY MULVEY
Billed as ‘Italy’s #1 smash-hit comedy’ and titled God Willing, one can’t help but be a little curious.
In an era where the reputation of Catholic priests has been severely tarnished, ...
Book | Servants and Leaders | Graham Downie
Review by ALAN RAY
A senior federal minister was furious about a front page photograph on The Canberra Times newspaper where Graham Downie was the religion reporter. “Haven’t you seen the photo; are you blind?”, demanded ...
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