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R2'sDay: A new book from Doctor Starr!

Doctor Charlie Starr, friend and contributor to the 'bot for many years, has a new (old) book out...  (Personally, I think that his name is a pretty spiffy S.F. name by itself).

I have a copy of the new book  (available at Amazon, here...) and I will be reviewing it, as soon as I relearn how to read.  In the meantime, here's a commercial!

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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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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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Science Fiction University:The Purpose of Art: Part Eleven: Movies and Television

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Here near the end of this quarter long study, we’ve been discussing how to experience art: how to look at paintings, sculpture, and architecture and how to read literature. This week we look at how to watch movies and television. “But don’t we already know how to watch TV? Just grab the remote and press the ‘On’ button.” And that of course is the first problem.

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SCIENCE FICTION UNIVERSITY:The Purpose of Art: Part Ten: How to View Literature

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In this quarter- long view on the purpose of art, we’re now looking at the best ways to view particular art forms. Last issue, we looked at less popular arts like painting and theater. Now we turn to the more mainstream arts, starting with books.

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Science Fiction University:The Purpose of Art: Part Nine: How to View Art

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For eight weeks we’ve looked at the purpose of art including most recently a basic look at how to determine whether an artistic text is any good. For the last part of this series I want to spend some time talking about the “how to’s” of experiencing art. How do we read a book to get the most out of it? How do we watch a movie or listen to a song—what are the best ways to enjoy, examine, and learn from many different art forms?

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Science Fiction University: The Purpose of Art: Part Eight: Judging Art by Experience

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Last week I began discussing how we can tell good art from bad art? First we should judge art based on whether or not we view it in a way which glorifies God—are our hearts in the right place? Then we should judge art based on whether or not we like it—is it appealing to our imaginations’ sense of beauty? But our enjoyment of art can be both mis-trained and improved so that we might like things we shouldn’t but can also learn to like things we should. This month we continue to talk about how we know whether art is good or bad.

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Science Fiction University: The Purpose of Art: Part Seven: Good Art or Bad?

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After spending six weeks talking about the nature and purpose of the arts, we need to start asking some practical questions: How can we tell good art from bad art? How do we watch movies, listen to songs, and read books in order to get the most meaning and the most entertainment out of them? When should we ask, “Is it true?” This week we talk about what makes art good or bad.

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