Category : Culture

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The Feminist Underpinnings of Divergent

Something dangerous happens when you mix teenage romance novels with attempted political commentary. No one seems to recognize that dystopian novels almost always end tragically. Remember how in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, John the Savage is driven from society and hangs himself at the end? And how Guy Montag is driven into exile by a

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Divergent: A Dangerous Relationship

Boy meets girl. Sparks fly. Butterflies flutter. Other things come up. Feelings get hurt a little.  Both go their separate ways because it’s really the best thing. Roll credits. I’m still waiting to come across a movie like that. The happily-ever-after ending is as natural and important as villains monologuing in critical moments or good

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Les Miserables: A Conversation of Grace

We don’t need more “Christian” movies. People clamor for more faith-based entertainment, but that usually just involves sanitizing every story for little eyes and ears and slapping a gospel presentation on the end of the movie. Watch the Hallmark Channel if you like, but there are people in the world today who need to hear

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A Better Love Story: Dante and the American Teenager

Tuesdays in college were weird. After a long day of classes and a hurried dinner at a reputable liberal arts school, I would hop in the car for 20 minutes to volunteer at a youth ministry that was not your average church group. We worked with a group of unchurched, unparented, and frequently unshowered middleschoolers

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