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Science Fiction University: Navigating Noah

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A Message to Both Those Who Hated the Noah Movie and Those Who Love It

 

            Someone help me with a problem: In the 1970’s Bill Cosby did a famous routine about Noah which included lines that went something like this:

            “NOAH.”

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Adaptation vs. Transformation: Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Experiment

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So we’ve seen the first Hobbit film. What now? Lovers of Tolkien’s world were warned a couple of years ago that material was going to be added to the movies (originally two, now three), based on additional Middle-earth lore, primarily from The Silmarillion. The movie met those expectations and now many of us have firsthand experience of the fact that Peter Jackson’s Hobbit is, in many ways, not Tolkien’s. Does that make it bad?

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Science Fiction University:The Lion, the Witch and the Physicist

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            I am a C. S. Lewis fanatic. I’ve read all his works, been to his home in England, and even written a book about one of his stories. For an expert, it can be humbling when an amateur points out something you’ve missed. The book was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first of Lewis’s classic Chronicles of Narnia. The hidden lesson was pointed out by my father-in-law who saw it the first time he read the book. That lesson still speaks to us today.

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Science Fiction University:The Purpose of Art, Part 13: In Retrospect

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            We’ve spent an entire quarter looking at the Purpose of Art. In the previous twelve essays, I took us through a solid primer on how Christians should approach the arts. If you missed an issue, I encourage you to find it online here at the 'bot. Here I conclude the series with a check sheet for your convenience of the most important points from throughout the year:

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Science Fiction University:The Purpose of Art: Part Twelve: Listening to Music

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 There’s a uniqueness to music which makes it hard to pin down. Music expresses, but it doesn’t always express ideas. We will listen to music with lyrics differently than purely instrumental music. Where most other art enters our minds through the eyes, music enters through the ears. It’s unlike any other art form. How do we listen to it well?

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