Bigger than…perhaps, but not better than

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 ...

Faith in science

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 ...

Traveller’s tales

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, ...

Busting stereotypes

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 ...

Healthy belief

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 ...

Digging for the truth

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 ...

How to be

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 ...

A well-worn path

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 ...

Where there’s a will

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, ...

Words of wisdom

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 ...