Every year, Christmas has become more and more commercialized, mirroring the market-driven identities that shape our everyday lives in America. In this 2007 documentary, you will meet Reverend Billy Talen of the Church of Stop Shopping! Rev. Billy has had enough of the gospel message distorted and perverted every year at Christmas time, by looking behind the scenes at the uncomfortable facts about how our consumer goods are produced. In this faith review by Jeff Smith, several discussion questions are included for church groups.
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Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Kelly Hames suggests that this movie “could be used to illustrate and explore the idea of selfdignity
and how that could impact not just individual self-esteem but
a culture or community as well.”
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Star Crawford offers some thoughts on whether this website that says it offers “a Christian look at pop culture” is as helpful as it could be when engaging theology and film.
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Today’s review is of a blog on Beliefnet where Nell Minnow has been looking at movies with a parent’s eye for more than ten years. Click on the image above to read a review of her blog.
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Avatar was one of the most popular movies of the year as evidenced by both box office success and the fact that four of our Union Presbyterian Seminary students wanted to review the film! Click on the image to read all four reviews.