[Warning: this article contains spoilers for the film Doctor Strange] “Magic’s just science we don’t understand yet.” This Arthur C. Clarke quote, uttered by Jane Foster in Thor, was the prevailing view of magic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for years. That all ended with Doctor Strange, which introduced the Astral Dimension and “real” magic. The movie centers around Dr. Stephen Strange, a world-renowned—and extremely arrogant and self-centered—neurosurgeon. After a terrible car crash ends… Read More →Time and Eternity
Bonnie and Clyde are back on screen in the Netflix original, The Highwaymen. After the now-famous pictures of the duo were found at an abandoned hideout and subsequently published, Bonnie and Clyde quickly fired the imaginations of a worn down public during the Great Depression. Many saw the pair as striking back against an unjust system. They became folk heroes and some compared them to Robin Hood. John Lee Hancock, director of The Highwaymen, thinks… Read More →Rooting For the Bad Guys
[Spoiler Alert: This article contains major plot points for the film Avengers: Endgame] Avengers: Endgame is an amazing success, making 1.2 billion dollars in its opening weekend,¹ concluding the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ten-year, twenty-two-movie long “Infinity Saga.” And while all of its characters and stories are extraordinary, the main themes of each movie are perfectly ordinary, such as love, loss, and family. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers are more than just superhero teams,… Read More →Avengers: Endgame – Fighting for Family
It was the snap heard around the universe. Ten years of Marvel movies had been heading towards this moment in Avengers: Infinity War. One by one, Thanos assembled the six Infinity Stones to make him the most powerful being in the world. And with the snap of his gauntlet-clad fingers, Thanos fulfilled his mission and eliminated half of the living creatures in the entire cosmos. But why would he do this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM-DoO84Sf4 Thanos destroyed half… Read More →The Ethics of Avengers: Infinity War
Friday’s episode of the CrossExamined podcast, hosted by Dr. Frank Turek, featured a dialogue with Dr. Mike Adams. They discussed at great length Dr. Adams’ debate with abortion doctor Dr. Willie Parker, while discussing important scenes from the recent movie Unplanned along the way. They explain how these resources, and others, have been effective tools for changing minds on the abortion issue. These men bring up many different resources over the course of their conversation that would be… Read More →Frank Turek and Mike Adams: Unplanned and The Abortion Debate
Have you ever felt like the world was getting worse, like everything was going wrong? Does it feel like no matter how hard you try, you can’t make a difference? Does it seem like the darkness is laying it on so thick that you can’t see the light? If you’ve felt that way, you’re in good company with Frodo Baggins, the hobbit faced with the impossible task of destroying the One Ring to rule them… Read More →An Encouraging Thought
In last week’s issue of Reflect, we looked at the pacifist position, offering a few considerations and criticisms. On the other side of the debate are the just war advocates. Just war theorists argue that, while war and violence are undesirable, there are times when Christians can and should take up arms. As Christians, we have an obligation to look out for the needs of others, to protect our families, and to seek the welfare… Read More →Gunslingers or Guardians?
Should Christians participate in war? Should Christians own guns to defend themselves? Ironically enough, these questions have caused their own little war, with Christians of all stripes taking positions as varied as pacifism, nonresistance, just war, and preventative war—not to mention the myriad of variations in between. In looking to Scripture, all parties claim Jesus on their side. Pacifists look to passages such as John 18:36, Matthew 26:52-54, and Matthew 5:39, arguing that Jesus taught… Read More →“Help Me Get One More”
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is the second installment in the DC Extended Universe film franchise. Though it performed fairly well at the box-office, the film has been critically panned. What with a brooding Superman and a Lex Luthor who appears too much like a Joker character, the film hasn’t exactly been received with excitement by all superhero fans either. Nonetheless, the film manages to be entertaining and raises some good questions about God.… Read More →Lex Luthor’s Problem of Evil
Marvel’s cinematic universe has been smashing the box-office since its inception. Almost eleven years later, their films are still going strong. Black Panther, nominated for seven academy awards and winner of three, has been one of their most successful entries so far, bringing in over $700,000,000 domestically for a total gross of over $1,346,000,000 worldwide. This makes it the ninth highest grossing movie of all time. “You were all wrong!”[Spoiler Alert] The story centers around… Read More →The Invisible Walls of Injustice
Following the shocking anthology series, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker and team have produced an interactive film called Bandersnatch. Bouncing off of a concept that has been used in the video game world for some time, the movie allows you to make choices about how the story will turn out as you go along. Every five to ten minutes you are presented with a choice of two ways the story can go. There are multiple pathways… Read More →Free Will or Fate?
[Spoiler Alert: This article discusses major plot points from the films Prometheus and Alien: Covenant] What does it mean to be human? There seems to be no better avenue for exploring this question than through the realm of science fiction. Something about artificial intelligence causes us to question who we are. Countless books and movies have explored this theme. One film director who frequently broaches this topic is Ridley Scott. One of Scott’s most famous… Read More →“You will die. I will not.”