British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is a crowd and critic favorite, starring in popular roles such as Marvel’s Doctor Strange, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, and Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s extremely popular Sherlock. In 2014, he added another memorable role to his career with his Oscar-nominated portrayal of the troubled genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. The film tells the heartrending story of Alan Turing, a British cryptanalyst who… Read More →Turing and Truth
Over the past nine years, YouTube sensation Julian Smith has entertained audiences with his hilarious short sketches, original music, and wry sense of humor. His channel currently has over 1,800,000 subscribers. He’s gone on to write and direct commercials, as well as beginning a podcast called Spellbound. Sometimes his videos are just crazy, but many of them contain interesting social messages. In this sketch, Julian looks at the addiction people have to the Internet and… Read More →I’m Jogging!
In May of 1980 George Lucas released Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to his 1977 breakout hit Star Wars. The film is often regarded as the best of the Star Wars films, coming in at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, and ranking as the thirteenth highest-rated movie on IMDB’s top 250. The film contains some of the most memorable and iconic scenes in film history. Among these is the training of Luke… Read More →Pantheism’s Finest Hour
A logical fallacy is “a mistake in reasoning that renders an argument invalid, unsound, weak, or ineffective.”1 In philosophy courses, students are often taught a whole list of fallacies and how to avoid them. However, fallacies are extremely common in pop-culture—news media, commercials, TV shows, movies, and political debates. Below are some common examples. Ad Hominem – Time Warner Cable The Ad hominem is “a fallacy in which an argument attacks a person… Read More →Logical Fallacies
“Am I a communist?” So asks the daughter of legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in the 2015 film, Trumbo. The film is concerned with the events of the 1940s-50s surrounding the Hollywood blacklist. During this controversial period, artists, filmmakers, and screenwriters suspected of having communist affiliations were brought before anti-communist committees. Many were barred from working in their respective industries for having previous ties to the Communist Party. Filmmakers went to other countries to make their… Read More →The Commie Test
The TV show Supernatural, now in its fourteenth season, has a cult following. The show follows the adventures of two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, as they fight supernatural forces of all varieties. The show’s enduring popularity says something about our culture—namely, that the supernatural is still of interest to people. Despite what voices in the New Atheist movement say, many people still think that there is much more to this world than simply matter.… Read More →God and Chuck
John Lennon’s song, “Imagine,” is one of the enduring classics from the 1970s. Lennon was a member of the Beatles and an avid political activist. “Imagine” is an anthem of Secularism and remains extremely popular to this day. In fact, it practically sums up the secular worldview in three minutes. You can listen to a modern version here. Living for Today Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below… Read More →Can you imagine?
In 2014 controversy exploded after a confrontation that happened between Batman actor Ben Affleck and philosopher/religious critic Sam Harris on Real Time with Bill Maher. Bill Maher and Sam Harris are both well known atheists famous for their intense criticism of religion. Harris is the author of The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, which criticizes organized religion as dangerous to humanity and opposed to reason. Harris has not limited his… Read More →It’s Gross! It’s Racist!
In March of 2015, the Australian artist, Grace, released a cover version of the song “You Don’t Own Me,” originally recorded by Lesley Gore in 1963. The song became the number one hit on the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) charts. It was also featured in one of the trailers for the 2015 film Suicide Squad. The music video has been viewed over 213,000,000 times on youtube. You can listen to Grace’s version here. … Read More →You Don’t Own Me
What is the Bible? The Bible. The book has fascinated millions of people for generations; but what is it? Why on earth do we still read such an ancient text? Indeed, the question is even more pertinent when we hear stories of those who have abused the Bible, using it to justify wars, hatred, and legalism. Christians argue that the Bible has authority over our lives. But if we’re going to say that, we need… Read More →Help for Reading and Understanding the Bible
[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the film The Village]. In M. Night Shyamalan’s film, The Village, a group of people—all of whom have experienced a personal tragedy—decide to start a village in the middle of the woods to isolate themselves from the pain, sin, and wickedness in the outside world. In order to do so, they construct a village, dress likes it’s the 1880s, and create a fear that monsters surround… Read More →Don’t leave the Village
The Alfred Hitchcock movie Rope tells the story of two college classmates who murder their “inferior” classmate, inviting their friends over for a party to see if they can successfully hide their crime and demonstrate their own superiority. It’s a strange suspense movie (set entirely in one room) that keeps you on edge the whole time. The film is also a good reminder that “ideas have consequences.” In this scene, the party guests discuss whether… Read More →Strangeling Morality