When a former Buddhist monk, Sakura, becomes an astronaut sent to colonize Mars, she never imagined that she’d be doing it alone. Now, with Earth’s most powerful form of artificial intelligence, she seeks to continue the mission her team couldn’t finish (part 2/4).
How the “family business” of aromatherapy has led me to connect more fully with the plants themselves and acknowledge the whole history of humans learning how to work with the world around them.
Westworld is the most recent popular series to raise questions of creation, free will, and the contention between science and religion. Can we create life that imitates humanity? Would we just be “playing God?” Does this futuristic look change anything?
Pop music versions of Christmas carols are a prominent part of the acoustic ambience during the holiday season. Far from trivial, pop music teaches the true meaning of Christmas to believers and non-believers, thus negotiating peace in the so-called “war on Christmas.”
The depiction of the Cyclops in Homer’s Odyssey differs markedly from re-workings in modern graphic novels, in part reflecting the difference in mediums between the literary/oral and the image. In some cases, the graphic novel effectively matches modern attitudes about overcoming particular temporal boundaries, while in other cases, the graphic novel lacks the ability to mirror the modern emphasis on the inner self.
In a world of suffering, sometimes the answer doesn’t come when asking “why?” What would it mean if we responded to loss with creation – by creating art in response to destruction?
This past March, Leicester (UK) played host to an unprecedented “heritage ceremony,” where the mortal remains of King Richard III were laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral following his death in 1485. Yet, in all of the excitement surrounding the discovery and burial of the king, did the need to create an “occasion” outstrip the significance of burying a person on holy ground?
Elvis impersonators are a common sight at fancy dress parties and other gatherings, but how should we think about this kind of secular adoration? Are there any religious dimensions to celebrity idolization?
What’s the difference between a book club, a church book club, and a Bible study group? The answer doesn’t lie in the books, the people, or the discussion, but in the results.
Loosely based on biblical narratives and packed with plenty of action, are the plots of Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings more escapist, superhero fare than anything else?