Culture and Review

  • 26 Mar 2009

    The Green Bible, reviewed here by researcher Simon Beard, illustrates that the message of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures is concerned not just with human beings but with the whole earth.

  • 26 Mar 2009

    The film Watchmen directly asks what no other superhero movie has ever had the courage or audacity to posit, says Kevin Boyd. Is society actually worth saving?

  • 16 Mar 2009

    In a recent lecture given at the Royal Academy of Arts, reports Simon Barrow, the Archbishop of Canterbury explored aspects of how icons are examples of the way in which in which divine energy is present in material reality.

  • 9 Mar 2009

    There have been a vraiety of responses to the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, says Alison Downie, including some quite dismissive ones. But what is written, she suggests, is that a life of integrity is its own reward.

  • 24 Feb 2009

    When President Barack Obama said during his campaign that "the United States must maintain a military that is second to none," he was echoing what has become a common refrain among candidates of both parties since the late 1940s, says Emory University's T. Jeremy Gunn.

  • 19 Feb 2009

    Since 9/11 there has been a huge growth in the number of books that seek to explain and analyse the phenomenon of high-profile violent attacks by extremist Islamist groups. Ben White examines a contribution by high-profile Christian writer Patrick Sookhdeo.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    One of the deep mysteries of the early 21st century is why one set of Christians tries to persuade another set of Christians to reject the theory of evolution, says Denis Alexander. He suggests a positive perspective on faith, science and Darwin.

  • 13 Feb 2009

    For most of Indian history, those Hindus who have perpetrated violence against women have got away with it, says Wendy Doniger. It's time for this to stop.

  • 11 Feb 2009

    Christian thought has contributed a great deal to ancient and modern conceptions of justice, says Puck de Raadt, reviewing a recent book by Nicholas Sagovsky. But justice is at heart a matter of community and action.

  • 4 Feb 2009

    Could any film be more timely? asks Vic Thiessen. Waltz With Bashir depicts an Israeli soldier in the Lebanon War of 1983 and combines deep psychological insights with a strong anti-war message.

  • 28 Jan 2009

    There are many people who are not Christians who revere Jesus, says Martin Marty. But when his name is invoked in the civic arena they hear assertions of majority privilege in the religious realm, where privilege often has taken form in power against others.

  • 21 Jan 2009

    Some will view Charles Darwin's anniversary year as one in which to score cultural points rather than purely to celebrate science, says Mark Vernon. That would be a missed opportunity for meaningful dialogue.

  • 20 Jan 2009

    Bishop Robinson chose to eschew specifically Christian language for the occasion, saying that the texts and beliefs he holds sacred are not so held by all Americans. But his prayer could hardly be accused of pulling punches or resting on polite diplomacy.

  • 9 Jan 2009

    "Byzantium 330-1453" runs at Britain's Royal Academy of Arts until 22 March 2009.

  • 12 Dec 2008

    A New York City art exhibit is featuring the biblically-inspired art of Marc Chagall, a Russian exile whose work depicted both Jewish and Christian symbols but remained rooted in an earth-bound, humane view of the world.