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Make Culture, Not War

Not quite 200 years ago, the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley said something that is perhaps more true today than when he first put it down on paper: "Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world."
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Bill Maher's Religulous: Polemic Based on Cynical Preconceptions

Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks.
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Ten Commandments for Bloggers

The Evangelical Alliance in the UK recently held a "Godblogs" conference, bringing Christian bloggers together to discuss a Christian approach to blogging.
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Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Part 2)

[Continued from part 1] I began to wonder what the TBN folks would think of me, a heavily tattooed Christian progressive from a liturgical denomination. How would people in their theological camp respond to my preaching? Would they think, as I do of them, that I misuse scripture?
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Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television (Part 1)

To say that Christian television is "not my thing" doesn't even get close.
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Video: Flobots on Faith - The 'Rise' of New Music for New Movements

FlobotsFlobots are a Denver-based, hip-hop/rock alternative group, whose powerful activist lyrics explore issues from globalization and poverty to war and peace. Their influences include civil rights activist (and Sojourners contributing editor) Vincent Harding, who has a cameo in their newest music video...

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Paul Newman's Lesser-Known Legacy

With the passing of Hollywood legend Paul Newman, there is a significant legacy that many in the mainstream media are unaware of.
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The Legacy of Wartime Slurs

I thought our culture had no more use for wartime curses. Granted, my sophisticated analysis is nothing more than noticing if people are calling me any names, until I realized
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Lakeview Terrace: Somewhat Thoughtful Thriller

The number one film at the U.S. box office this past weekend was Lakeview Terrace, Neil La Bute's somewhat thoughtful thriller in which an LAPD officer harasses his new neighbors; the cop is black, the neighbors are an inter-racial couple. If the ethnic identities were switched, the film might never have been made; and if it had, it would have been a far less interesting film -
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