Reviews, Critiques, Surveys

The Cardinal: A Good Movie

July 5, 2008

Here is another movie to see. The Cardinal (1963)¬†follows the journey of a young man (Tom Tryon) who becomes a priest, doubts his calling and takes a leave of absence, falls in love, comes back to the priesthood, fights injustice in the segregated South, defends freedom in Nazi Europe, and eventually becomes a Cardinal. This […]

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The Bucket List

July 5, 2008

If you haven't seen this movie yet, you should. I first saw THE BUCKET LIST on a plane back from speaking on St. Paul in Texas . I like Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman so I had better than average expectations. It turned out being one of my Top Ten movies. You can buy it […]

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Jimmy Akin Reviews the Movies

June 7, 2008

Jimmy is one of the smartest guys I know. He is also good at reviewing and commenting on movies, along with Steven Greydanus of decentfilms.com Good Year for Family Movies Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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Expelled: No Intelligence

April 26, 2008

EXPELLED: No Intelligence AllowedA mini-review by Stan Williams, PhDCheck out Stan's website here It's important. I've been writing and debating some of these issues for 40 years. Stein does a good job of trying to simply open up the debate with those that control the teaching of science in schools. The metaphors Stein employs at […]

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Good for Catholic Education?

January 22, 2008

 For video clips, click here. For more on the series, click here  Recommendation for the Footprints of God series:  Of all the religious education videos that I have come across as head of the Religious Studies Department at a Catholic high school, the Footprints of God are the best.  Steve Ray visits all the right […]

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Why Are Catholic Bibles Bigger?

January 17, 2008

Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger! If you are wondering why we have seven books in our Bibles that the Protestants¬†removed from their Bibles, then you need this book. If you have been asked the question and don’t know how to answer, then you really need this book. Gary Michuta is a top notch Catholic apologist […]

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The Double Standard of a Critic

December 22, 2007

Dave Armstrong has posted a blog entry (and a new one here) explaining how one anti-Catholic operates as he criticizes Catholics. Interesting read! Guys like this really ought to fix the real holes in his own bucket before trying to find perceived holes in someone else's (Matt 7:3-5). An earlier post by Dave on the same topic can be […]

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Critics of My Books

December 14, 2007

I was made aware of two critical comments on my book Upon this Rock. I generally tend to defend my works if I have time. I have briefly addressed each for anyone interested. The comments were made by Michael Whelton in his book Popes and Patriarchs. He was an Anglican turned Catholic, who was then disallusioned by […]

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Christianity’s Contribution to Society

December 3, 2007

Christianity is often criticized as a destroyer of freedom and society, limiting freedoms and intellectual pursuits. A new book is out by Harvard professor D'Souza entitled What’s So Great About Christianity” (Regnery Publishing). Fr. John Flynn, LC writes an excellent review and discussion of the book and the topic. Click here for the excellent article.

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Author of “Golden Compass” Dishonest

December 1, 2007

On the real intent and dishonesty of Pullman, author of Golden Compass, click here to read Jimmy Akins comments.

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New Evangelical book on the Church Fathers

November 18, 2007

There is a new book published on the Church Fathers written by a self-professed “proud, dispensational, conservative, born-again fundie.” He is from Moody Bible Institute.  I ordered a copy of Getting to Know the Church Fathers by Bryan Litfin. Below is an excerpt from an interview he gave with Susan Wunderink for Christianity Today. Having […]

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The Eagle & the Noisy Crows — Thoughts on Dr. Beckwith and his Critics

November 14, 2007

Steve Ray here. My kids and I recently pooled together all of our resources and bought land way out in the country on a river with a forest. My daughter and son-in-law's house is already half built and the rest of our family plans to join them soon. Lord willing, I will semi-retire there with all my […]

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Watched House MD?

November 12, 2007

Most interesting part is in blue text below. NO TV in our house Janet and I got rid of our television service earlier this year and we love it. We don’t even get the local channels anymore. I was raised without TV since my dad would not get a TV — saying “We will read […]

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The Golden Compass — an Anti-religious Movie?

November 8, 2007

I have received several e-mails warning me not to see the new fantasy movie entitled The Golden Compass — or allow my kids to see it. I have been told that it is done with an extreme bias against religion, especially Catholicism and the Christian faith. Is this true? Snopes says YES and explains. Also, read […]

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“Defending Life” by new Catholic “Revert” Dr. Francis Beckwith

September 28, 2007

 Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice, by Francis J. Beckwith  (Cambridge, 312 pp., $22.99)  Review by RYAN T. ANDERSONhttp://www.winst.org/fellows/articles/RTA-20070925-Beckwith-DefendingLife.html "Supreme Court Settles Abortion Issue”: So declared the New York Times the day after the Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. But as the past 34 years have shown, there is no question less settled in American public life […]

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“Price of all the divisions among Christians today is high. Too high.”

August 26, 2007

Here is an interesting review of a new book published by Smithsonian Institute — which is neither Catholic nor Protestant, Muslim nor Jewish. I just ordered a rush copy of the book. Enjoy this article as a preface to my upcoming response to the charge that all of us Catholic apologists are liars and deceivers who […]

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